Black Coffee, born Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, is a South African DJ, recording artist and record producer. He began his music career in 1994. In 2003, he got his big break when he was chosen to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy, a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals held in Cape Town, South Africa.
In 2005, DJ Black Coffee released his first solo album title Black Coffee. The album was released under his own record label, Soulistic Music. In it, he collaborated with established artists including Thandiswa Mazwai, Hugh Masekela, and the late Busi Mhlongo among others. He also made a remix of Hugh Makekela’s 1972 song Stimela.
In 2006, Black Coffee was nominated for Best Urban Dance Album at the 12th Annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs), and later won.
In 2007, he released his second album titled Have Another One. The album was buoyed by Wathula Nje, a remix of the late Victor Ntoni’s 2004 jazz ballad Thetha (Wathula Nje?). In Have Another One, he collaborated with Busi Mhlongo once again as well as Siphokazi and L’vovo Derrango. It was during the production of this album that DJ Black Coffee discovered and collaborated with Culoe De Song.
In 2009, DJ Black Coffee released his third album titled Home Brewed which featured Ringo Madlingozi, Zonke and Zakes Bantwini among others.
In 2010, Home Brewed earned DJ Black Coffee two awards for Best Urban Dance Album and Best Male Artist as the 16th Annual South African Music Awards. In that year, Home Brewed also won Best Produced Album and Best Dance Album at the Metro FM Music Awards, as well as Channel O’s Most Talented Male Music Video of the year.
In 2011, DJ Black Coffee launched Africa Rising, which included a 24 piece orchestra along with a band and featured artists performing Black Coffee’s works live at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.
In 2012, Africa Rising the album was released. A triple Compact Disc (CD) and a DVD which went double platinum within 2 months. The album earned him his fourth SAMA at the 19th Annual South African Music Awards, he had been nominated for Best Dance Album.