Catch a wake up and watch out for Black Coffee.
Seven years in to an incredibly successful career and enjoying an increasingly high profile as a DJ and musician, he’s about to launch his much anticipated DVD, Africa Rising.
Known and loved for the often jazzy, always soulful, vocal house remixes he releases under his Soulistic Music Label and for delighting crowds around the world spinning the decks in record-breaking sets, the enigmatic Black Coffee is one of South Africa’s most internationally renowned songwriters and producers.
Previous albums have gone Gold and Platinum and in the past seven years his Soulistic Label has paved the way for a number of other artists to tour internationally, helping to establish a global presence for South African dance music. His last album, Home Brewed, released in 2009, is heading for Double Platinum sales. In 2010 he won SAMA awards for Best Urban Dance Album and Best Male Artist; in 2011 he was nominated for an MTV Europe Africa, India and Middle East Category Award for the best Worldwide Act, and for the 2012 SAMA Awards he received two nominations for Best Remix of the Year. With all of this under his belt, it’s an understatement to say that Black Coffee is a luminary in the music industry.
And now he’s ready to shake things up again with the launch of his new DVD, Africa Rising, in June this year. Filmed live at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Black Coffee accompanied by a number of guest artists including Bucie, Victor Ntoni, Thiwe, Black Moses, Brothers of Peace, Zakes Bantwini, Tumelo and others, played with a 24 piece orchestra to 8 000 + ecstatic fans, performing the tracks that made him an international phenomenon. The DVD also includes never seen before behind-the-scenes footage and is set to be shown at select cinemas nationwide, broadcast across Africa and streamed through handsets.
The man that is clearly driving a cultural generation has also signed up to become the face of iconic South African coffee brand, Frisco’s innovative ‘Wide Awake Shake’ campaign, which celebrates the launch of new Frisco Granules. The campaign sees South African celebrities and consumers get the Wide Awake Shake when they are “Mugged” by Frisco and Black Coffee. Black Coffee surprises unsuspecting nominees, who have been set up by friends and colleagues, with a crew of dancers to not only give them a ‘Wake Up!’, but to present them with amazing prizes and tickets to the hottest house party of the year, at a top secret venue to be hosted by Black Coffee at the end of June.
Added to this he has also just started touring South Africa on a multi-date Soulistic Music Nights tour which kicked off at the most talked about music event of the season at Hatfield Square on 4 May, where he and others played for 5 000 plus people.
In June he heads off on a European tour to the UK, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy; followed by a Summer Tour in Greece from in late July into August 2012 and then back again, just in time to play at Oppiekoppie in South Africa before he heads to the USA for yet another tour in October.
With such a tight schedule Black Coffee still makes time to give back wherever and whenever possible to his community through the DJ Black Coffee Foundation, set up in the wake of a personal tragedy, to help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and for the orphaned.
“It is my way of giving back to the community and country that has provided both shelter and success in my life”, says Black Coffee