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Black Coffee

South African house music DJ and producer Black Coffee built his career gradually over nearly two decades, riding the growing global interest in his home country's burgeoning dance music scene and eventually becoming arguably the biggest DJ in Africa. Reserved and intellectual, this unlikely superstar was born Nkosinathi Maphumulo on March 11, 1976 in Durban and grew up surrounded by music, particularly influenced by his uncle's extensive reggae collection. At the age of 12, after his parents' divorce, he moved with his mother to the poor township of Mthatha, Eastern Cape. Two years later, on the day of Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island, he lost the use of his left arm when he was one of dozens of people run down by a taxi driver in a politically motivated attack. Throwing himself into music even harder than before, he eventually went back to Durban to study music theory at Natal Tech, majoring in jazz. Dropping out before the completion of his course, he and two friends, Thandukwazi "Demor" Sikhosana and Mnqobi "Shota" Mdabe, became backing singers for acclaimed folk-blues guitarist Madala Kunene before going on to form the soul-pop trio Shana. At the same time, he continued learning about electronic music production, and in 2003 was accepted into the Red Bull Music Academy, jump-starting his career.

His 2005 eponymous debut album, recorded in his bedroom on cheap music software and released on his own Soulistic label, introduced his tough deep house style, which incorporated jazz, R&B, and African influences without ever resorting to cheesy "soulful" or Afro-house clichés. The album, combined with his infectious DJ sets, made him a household name in South Africa. Over the next decade, he released four more albums: Have Another One (2007), Home Brewed (2009), the epic three-disc Africa Rising (2012), and Pieces of Me (2015). Each displayed an increasing level of production values and musical sophistication, and their international distribution through a deal with Universal, combined with his numerous appearances at major clubs and festivals, led to increasing acclaim in the U.S. and Europe. At the same time he became a bona fide megastar in his home country, beloved for his tireless promotion of local talent and charitable work. In 2010 he attained the Guinness world record for longest ever DJ set when he played for 60 hours nonstop. His international success was confirmed when he won Breakthrough DJ of the Year at the 2015 DJ Awards in Ibiza and Best African Act at the 2016 BET Awards in Los Angeles, and he broke through to a mainstream audience when he was sampled by Drake on the rapper's 2017 "playlist" More Life, leading to interest from other major U.S. R&B stars like John Legend and Usher. ~ John D. Buchanan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Africa Rising

Disc 1

3. Never Saw You Coming (Feat. Tshepo)

5. Turn Me On (Feat. Bucie)

6. Arise And Shine (Feat. Tumelo)

8. The Chameleon (Feat. Black Moses)

9. Crazy

10. DJ Mix

Disc 2

1. I Know What's On Your Mind (Feat. Tortured Soul)

2. Don't You (Give Up) (Feat. Vuyo)

3. Rock My World (Feat. Soulstar)

4. Masquerade (Feat. Alexander James)

5. Afraid Of The Dark (Feat. Nathan Adams)

6. My Dream (Feat. Thiwe)

7. Keep Moving (Feat. Kenny Bobien)

8. Buya (Feat. Toshi)

9. Take It All Off (Feat. Zakes Bantwini)

10. Traveller (Feat. Nomsa & Black Motion)

11. DJ Mix 3

Disc 3

1. Gardens Of Eden

3. Superman (Feat. Bucie)

4. Wathula Nje (Feat. Victor Ntoni)

5. Lyon To Kwazulu (Feat. Mondli Ngcobo)

6. Time To Go (Feat. Marissa Guzman)

7. Someday (Feat. Zano)

8. Juju (Feat. Zakes Bantwini)

9. We Are One (Feat. Zakes Bantwini)

10. DJ Mix 2

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Track List: Pieces Of Me

1. Intro

2. Come With Me (Feat. Mque)

3. Stuck In Your Love (Feat. Azola)

4. Love On Fire (Feat. Ribatone & Lungi Naidoo)

5. Angelina (Feat. NaakMusiQ & Mondli Ngcobo)

6. Extra Time On You (Feat. Portia Monique)

7. I Have Faith (Feat. Mondli Ngcobo)

8. We Dance Again (Feat. Nakhane Toure)

9. Go On (Feat. Khensy)

10. Inkodlo Kamashimane

11. The Beat Of Indlamu

12. I'll Find You (Feat. Cara Frew)

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Track List: Buya

1. Buya (Feat. Toshi) (Loco Dice Kliptown Love Radio Edit)

2. Buya (Feat. Toshi)

3. Buya (Feat. Toshi) (Loco Dice Kliptown Love Remix)

4. Buya (Feat. Toshi) (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix)

5. Buya (Feat. Toshi) (Da Capo Remix)

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Track List: Black Coffee

1. Stimela

2. Kwanele

3. Skhuzile

4. Yena Chilillo

5. Molo Sweetie

6. Ziphinkomo

7. Basu

8. Yintoni Na

9. Come Back

10. Happiness

11. You Are

12. Music

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Track List: Have Another One

1. Izizwe (Feat. Busi Mhlongo)

2. Lo Mhlaba

3. Masingita

4. Come To Me

5. 100 Zulu Warriors

6. Kwenzejani (Feat. L'vovo)

7. You Turn Me On

8. Wathula Nje (Feat. Victor Ntoni)

9. Tribute To My Heroes

10. Even Though

11. Whistling Joe

12. Set Me Free (Feat. S'tone)

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Track List: Home Brewed

1. Mama (Feat. Ringo)

2. Gardens Of Eden (Feat. Zonke)

3. Someday (Feat. Zano)

4. Juju (Feat. Zakes Bantwini)

5. Never Saw You Coming (Feat. Tsepo)

6. The Chameleon (Feat. Black Moses)

7. Crazy (Feat. Thiwe)

8. Trip To Lyon

9. Superman

10. Arise And Shine

11. We Are One

12. The Dark Horse

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Track List: We Dance Again

1. We Dance Again (Feat. Nakhane Toure)

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Track List: Never Saw You Coming (Feat. Tsepo)

1. Never Saw You Coming (Feat. Tsepo)

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Track List: Traveller (Extended Mix) (Single)

1. Traveller (Feat. Nomsa Mazwai & Black Motion) (Extended Mix)

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Track List: Gardens Of Eden - Trip To Lyon

1. Gardens Of Eden (Feat. Zonke) (Original)

2. Gardens Of Eden (Feat. Zonke) (Ralf Gum Vocal)

3. Trip To Lyon

4. Gardens Of Eden (Feat. Zonke) (Sai And Ribatone Broken Home Mix)

5. Gardens Of Eden (Feat. Zonke) (Ralf Gum Instrumental)

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Track List: Turn Me On / Come To Me (Single)

1. Turn Me On (feat. Bucie)

2. Come To Me

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Track List: Turn Me On (Single)

1. Turn Me On (Feat. Bucie)

2. Turn Me On (Feat. Bucie) (Raw Artistic Soul Vocal Dub)

3. Turn Me On (Feat. Bucie) (Raw Artistic Soul Dub Tool)

4. Turn Me On (Feat. Bucie) (Black Coffee Remix)

5. Turn Me On (Feat. Bucie) (Raw Artistic Soul Beat)

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Track List: Your Eyes (Single)

1. Your Eyes (Feat. Shekhinah)

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Track List: Come With Me (Single)

1. Come With Me (Feat. Mque) (Radio Edit)

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Track List: Crazy (Single)

3. Crazy (Feat. Thiwe) (Charles Webster's Slightly Slower Mix)

4. Crazy (Feat. Thiwe) (Charles Webster's Slightly Slower Voxstrumental)

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Track List: Never Saw You Coming

1. Never Saw You Coming

2. Never Saw You Coming (Franck Roger Vocal Mix)

3. Never Saw You Coming (Franck Roger Instrumental Mix)

4. Never Saw You Coming (Dj Spinna Galactic Soul Vocal Mix)

5. Never Saw You Coming (Dj Spinna Galactic Soul Instrumental Mix)

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Track List: We Are One (Single)

1. We Are One (Louie Vega Roots Mix)

2. We Are One (Louie Vega Roots Inst)

3. We Are One (Boddhi Beats)

4. We Are One (Radio Edit)

5. We Are One (Dance Ritual Mix)

6. We Are One (Dance Ritual Inst)

7. We Are One (Ritual Beats)

8. We Are One (Culoe De Song Remix)

9. We Are On (Black Coffee Original Dub)

10. We Are One (Black Coffee Original Demo Mix)

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Superman is very nostalgy.... . I like it!!!
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Amazing try hard ninja!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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it is awesome no joke try hard ninja
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Amazing.
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Been listening Alllll Weekend!!!!H o u s e H e a d For Life!!!!!
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Music to make love to
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Im a african drummer and id love to play live with you..one rhythm different beats..unive r s a l . . m u s i c . . f e e l i n g the music..ridin g the wave of rhythm
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Love! Love! Love it
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So smooth! Love me some black coffee. HOUSE!
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keep making those clubs hitz black coffee
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This is what house music is made of.black coffee is the perfect name because he gives house a strong wake me up!
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Love Black Coffee!!!
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Dude black coffe u rock u just give house music a whole new definition hey u trually are a gift to diz genre and ima b rooatn for u non stop

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