DJ Black Coffee is without a doubt one of the best producers of electronic music in Africa. He had his major career break in 2004 when he was selected to participate in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy held in Cape Town. Read further to learn more about this inspiring celebrity.
Dj Black Coffee Biography
Dj Black Coffee was born as Nkosinathi Maphumulole 11 March 1976 in Durban, South Africa. He comes from a broken home because his parents divorced when he was only 12 years old, which forced him to live only with his mother in the poor suburb of Mthatha, in eastern Cape Town. This experience made him somewhat reserved and yet very intellectual and thus developed a keen interest in music, also fuelled by his uncle’s collection of reggae songs.
Tragedy struck when he lost the use of his paralyzed leftbras after he and dozens of people were run over by a taxi driver at a rally in support of Nelson Mandela who was recently released from Robben Island in 1990. This incident is said to have been politically motivated. and her mother moved to Mthatha.
After the accident, he threw himself into the music as a way to escape the wound and did so with even more concentration and dexterity than when he had control of both arms. Rising a little higher, he returned to Durban to study music theory with a major in jazz at Natal Tech. He then gave up before the end of his course.
Nevertheless, he continued to learn over-produced electronic music and began his career in 1995. In 2001, the Red Bull Music Academy accepted it. To date, he has released five albums and a live DVD. He also won the “Breakthrough DJ of the Year” award at the Ibiza DJ Awards in September 2015 after the release of his fifth studio album, Pieces Of Me.
He recently shared a photo of himself wearing a corset “for the first time in years” in a Facebook post he used to cheer on fans.
“Don’t let anything take you down” and “fight for the best version of yourself.”
The words commented by the fans after this display of vulnerability described how much people admired him for this courageous gesture.
DJ Black Coffee Early Life
His personal experience with disability led him to create the DJ Black Coffee Foundation, a foundation that helps fund sound production training for underprivileged students.
The DJ Black Coffee Foundation partners with Bridges for Music. They give preference to candidates with reduced mobility and the funding covers the entire tuition of a student studying the senior certificate of SAE, one year, full-time, in the field of sound production, on our new campus at the famous Woodstock Stock Exchange in Cape Town.
As long as the candidates hold a 12th-year certificate, are physically challenged and South African, they will be considered. Applicants must, however, cover all living and travel expenses if they come from outside Cape Town.
First African host on Beats 1 Radio
In July, DJ Black Coffee became the first African band to host a Beats 1 radio show. With this milestone, he followed in the footsteps of Pharrell Williams and Dr. Dre. Beats 1 radio, owned by Apple, is a global online music streaming platform.
At the time, while speaking to the South African news site IOL, he said he would bring a typically African touch to the station and expose people to himself.
Soulistic Music (PTY) Ltd
In 2005, DJ Black Coffee formed Soulistic Music (PTY) Ltd. This is the structure of Black Coffee and has seen the release of all his albums from his debut album, Black Coffee.
Since then, Soulistic Music has released albums by Song’s Culoe, Tumelo and Zakes Bantwini, all of which have achieved gold and platinum sales.
DJ Black Coffee Awards and Achievements
Over the course of his career, DJ Black Coffee has received numerous awards that demonstrate his influence in the African music industry. They include;
- 2005 Best SAMA Urban Dance Album
- South African Music Awards 2010 – 12th South African Music Awards (2006)
- SAMA 2010 Best Male Artist
- Health Magazine 2010 Best Man 
- 2010 Metro FM Award for Best Produced Album
- 2010 Metro FM Award for Best Dance Album
- 2011 Channel O Award for Most Talented Male Artist
- 2012 Sunday Times Generation Award for Coolest DJ
- Best SAMA Dance Album 2013
- 2013 Sunday Times NEXT Award for Best DJ
- 2014 Sunday Times Next Generation Award for Coolest DJ
- 2015 DJ Awards for DJ of the Year
- Best SAMA Dance Album 2016,
- 2016 SAMA Album of the Year Best International Recognition Engineering Album
- BET Award 2016 for Best International Act: Africa
- 2016 DJ Awards Best Deep House DJ
DJ Black Coffee Wife and family
On January 8, 2017, Dj Black Coffee tied the knot in a white wedding ceremony with his longtime partner, Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa. She is an actress, presenter and television director. The ceremony took place in Sun City, South Africa, in the presence of family members and friends. Anesu and Asante, two of their children, also attended the parade. These children were born at the age of 7. Black Coffee and Enhle lived together after their traditional wedding on May 13, 2011 in Soweto.
Interestingly, Dj Black coffee was previously married to ex-wife Brangelina with whom he had two sons; Esona Maphumulo and Lilitha Maphumulo. Esona (the eldest son of both marriages) was also present at the wedding.
DJ Black Coffee Networth 2020 and Assets
Dj Black Coffee is a popular South African DJ with an estimated net worth of$65million in 2020. He currently owns a house in Los Angeles.
A man of Dj Black Coffee caliber is the one who has success is inspiring. From the impressive catalog of his hit hits to his DJ concerts around the world, to the incredible albums he produced under his music label, Dj Black Coffee has acquired a commendable wealth. Its estimated budget is US$2 million from 2017 and it is on the verge of increasing this value through consistency and even harder work.
As with most successful male celebrities, their penchant for cars is almost part of the territory. Dj Coffee has lots of cars in his garage, among others; Bentley, Mercedes CLK, Merc Station Wagon and a Maserati. In addition, he recently acquired a very lavish home in Los Angeles.
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DJ Black Coffee Interesting Facts
Did you know that?
- Dj Black Coffee performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Ultra Music Festival.
- Black Coffee is the first South African to win the award for best international act: Africa at the BET Awards in 2016.
- On Drake’s album More Life, he was credited as a contributor to one of the songs from the album “Get It Together.”
- Within a month, Coffee’s DVD and Triple CD “Africa Rising” were certified double platinum.
- He was ranked 91st on the Advisor’s 100 DJ list, which includes all professional DJs.