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    Black Coffee: The Rise to becoming the first African DJ to fill up Madison Square Garden

    In Black Coffee’s industry, the best way for a musician to spread their wings and expand into new territories is by collaborations.

    The Grammy Award-winning DJ Black Coffee is one man that has managed to use the power of collaborations to its best over the past two decades, and he has become one of the most respected DJs on the globally.

    The 47-year-old international disc jockey has a great ear for talent that not only compliments his sound at any given period, but that also helps him reach new audiences.

    After his career shot up through a remix of Hugh Masekela’s 1972 hit ‘Stimela’, Black Coffee went on to drop his self-titled debut album through his own record company, Soulistic Music back in 2005. While he was signing the likes of Culoe De Song, he was also working with the likes of Siphokazi, Busi Mhlongo and L’vovo.

    Before anyone knew it, the superstar went on to being booked overseas with increasing regularity as his international recognition grew. One of his greatest moments in his career, arguably, is when he released his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, ‘Pieces of Me’ in 2015. It was through this album that he went on to help Coffee win every major award he was nominated for over the next year, including four South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and Best International Act (Africa) at the BET Awards.

    Black Coffee’s brand just grew bigger and he started performing on international festivals such as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Ultra Music Festival over the following year.

    He would also continue to successfully leverage his global reach for collaborations with the likes of Drake, Pharrell Williams, David Gueta, Delilah Montagu and Alicia Keys as he solidified his spot as a bonafide global star.

    After many years of hard work, Black Coffee went to win a Grammy Award win in 2021, and that is what gave him the drive to headline his own show at Madison Square Garden.

    That was a big success as it was a fully booked event, which was no surprise because Black Coffee is one talented artist.

    Main Image: SA Music Promo

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