By Molebogeng Mangoale
Internationally he is a rising global dance music phenomenon and back home in South Africa, he is more than just a DJ. Black Coffee is a beacon of hope, an indubitable living music legend and an epitome of hard work, dedication and black excellence. Braamfontein came to a standstill last night as house music fans gathered at the Joburg Theatre to celebrate the album launch of the King of SA House music’s new album Pieces Of Me.
The theatre was full to its capacity as hundreds came to celebrate with the international acclaimed DJ on his latest achievements including the new album as well as the two awards he took away home three nights ago at the annual DJ Awards in Ibiza.
Black Coffee was awarded the ‘Breakthrough Artist’ of the year and also scooped the ‘Best Dance Nation’ award. We are confident to say that the free public event, coupled with the social media excitement about it, certainly proved that South Africa is indeed a dancing nation! When Coffee stepped on stage, the crowd broke into hysteria. Meanwhile backstage, fans, friends and colleagues were nothing short of praises for the multi-award winning DJ. As cameras flinched to get proper shots of him, Black Coffee- in his humble and shy demeanour, smiled and waved to the crowd while it cheered him on and chanted his name. It was clear from the moment he made an appearance towards the stage that his presence had created a different ambience in the venue all together, an atmosphere that resonated respect and appreciation for his musical talent.
Songs from his new album like ‘Stuck In Your Love’, ‘Love on Fire’ and of course ‘We Dance Again’ had fans going crazy. Coffee also took house heads down memory lane with some house classics as well some of his most popular songs from his previous albums like ‘You Rock My World’. Fellow artists also came out to support the music maestro at his album launch, with the likes of DJ Zinhle also in attendance. Some of the artists that are featured on his album such as Ribatone, Lungi Naidoo, Azola and Khensy also performed. DJ Shimza also treated fans to a nice hour long set right before Black Coffee took to the 1s and 2s.
Black Coffee will be performing this Saturday at HomeComing Picnic in Pretoria and also at SA’s biggest event of the year Spring Fiesta.