Grammy-nominated South African DJ, producer and songwriter Black Coffee ensured the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) Arena was the place to be with a sensational set that transported party-goers to Ibiza.
Black Coffee – real name Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo – followed opening sets by Frederick Stone and Paul Svenson with a constant backbeat of synths and drums to compel the crowd to carry on dancing until the small hours of the morning.
This artist from Durban, South Africa, has become the country’s most globally celebrated electronic musician, playing to capacity crowds at enormous stadiums, DJing everywhere from underground institutions such as Panorama Bar in Berlin to gigantic festivals like Ultra in Miami, and working with R&B megastars Drake and Alicia Keys.
Showcasing his trademark tough deep-house style, the dynamic DJ played songs from his extensive back catalogue, with fans going wild for his latest tunes, which included Reflections – a Black Coffee remix of a song by Themba, featuring Thoko.
With more than three million followers on Instagram and more than 1.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify, with a career that has spanned more than two decades, Black Coffee is one of Africa’s best-known DJs.
By Delroy Constantine-Simms and Sonia Dixon