Born in 1976 in Durban, South Africa, Black Coffee began his DJ, singing, songwriting and producing career in 2005 with the release of his remix of Hugh Maskela's hit song "Stimela." Before he embarked on his career, Black Coffee studied jazz at the Durban University of Technology. He also worked as a backup singer for various South African artists and eventually formed his own musical trio with two friends. Black Coffee's live shows are frenetic, fast paced and fun.
Black Coffee's first big break came from his participation in the Red Bull Music Academy. It served as a vehicle to introduce Black Coffee and his music to the world. In 2005, he released Black Coffee, his debut album. The album was well received by both critics and fans. He has won multiple awards for his music and legendary live performances, including SAMA Awards for best male artist and best urban dance album. In 2015, he was named Breakthrough DJ of the Year at the DJ Awards in Ibiza. Unable to use his left arm, which was paralyzed in a car accident when he was a teenager, Black Coffee holds the Guinness World Record for the longest ever one-handed DJ set - 60 hours non-stop in 2010 in Soweto.
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What is Black Coffee's musical style?
Black Coffee combines his extensive knowledge of jazz and classical music with technology to create a sound that is all his own. He provides quality vocals combined with modern beats. It is impossible to confine Black Coffee's work to one genre, but it can be said that his style is a mix of house music and classical music.
Where does Black Coffee tour?
Black Coffee's music is renowned throughout the world. This affords him the ability to take his music to every corner of the Earth. He often performs in his native South Africa as well as Greece, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy. In the United States, he has performed in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Nevada. Some of his most legendary performances have taken place in Ibiza, and he will be performing there in the summer and fall of 2019.
What can you expect from a Black Coffee performance?
There is no typical Black Coffee concert. His shows are packed to the brim because so many people come out to hear what he will do and to experience every aspect of his performance. He combines every tool at his disposal to create a show that takes the audience on an adventure along with him. His seamless merging of electronic music, vocals and classical instrumentation has propelled him to the level of fame that he has. Typically, the atmosphere is comparable to a dance club, and the house lights brighten, darken and change color depending on the mood of the moment.
What equipment does Black Coffee use at a live performance?
Black Coffee uses standard DJ equipment at his live performances. He blends vocal recordings, keyboards, a sampler, various percussion instruments and a synthesizer to achieve his unique sound. He combines all these in a digital format and uses them when he performs. He also utilizes turntables to give each song its own identity, one that can change with each performance. Black Coffee's equipment gives him the freedom to create and improvise in the middle of a performance.
Which artists are similar to Black Coffee?
House music has gained popularity in recent years, so there are many artists whose music is like Black Coffee's. David Guetta, Carl Cox, Daft Punk, Tiesto and Kaskade are all similar to Black Coffee. They use a variety of methods and instruments to create their music, and they all put on intense house shows for crowds around the world.Back to Top
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