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    Black Coffee speaks up about his chosen acts for his huge NYC gig

    As the international DJ, Black Coffee gears up for his show at Madison Square Garden this upcoming weekend, he sat down for his send-off party with media in Fourways.

    The Grammy award-winning producer will be the first ever South African act to headline at the revered Madison Square Garden venue in New York.

    He revealed that he has a song with Shekhinah, but couldn’t include it to his set, and he just did a remix for a Snoh Aalegra song and could’ve had her at the show, but the song doesn’t fit the set. “I build a set based on just music and then the artists would come through that selection,” – he said.

    The artists that will be tagging along for the show include Msaki, Superman singer Bucie and childhood friend Shoba. Him and Msaki have worked together on a couple of songs and she confessed that she had already made plans to be in New York next weekend, even prior to being approached by the producer.

    “It would’ve been silly for me to miss this opportunity. I was honoured [when I was asked]. It was a no-brainer and I said: ‘ja, I was gonna be there anyway. I don’t mind singing, I would be happy to sing. It doesn’t feel like a different thing, I was gonna be there to see it.”

    Shoba said that for him it is an honour, to see a guy he grew up with doing so well. “I was actually raised by his grandmother, we met in 1992. I’ve been following his journey as a friend, I always provide emotional support more than anything,” he added. The two were part of Afro-pop trio called SHANA (Simply Hot and Naturally African).

    Before kicking off the party, Black Coffee, Msaki, Shoba and Castle Lite Brand Director Colleen Duvenage had a roundtable discussion hosted by actor and media personality Lawrence Maleka.

    The DJ mentioned that he had always had a vision of seeing African music on the world stage, referring to an interview he did while in New York a couple of years ago.

    “I’ve just always felt like this music deserves to be on the biggest platform as possible. I used to do interviews back in the day and I remember one journalist asked me, while I was in New York, ‘what are you trying to do’” said Black Coffee.

    He said that his answer was, imagine Superman which is sung by Bucie, being sung by Beyoncé, without changing anything? The genre deserves that he said.

    Main Image: DJ Mag

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