Listen: Black Coffee recently released a new single, SBCNCSLY.
Black Coffee recently released a new single, SBCNCSLY.
Black Coffee is one one that isn’t minding the lockdown considerably . In fact, if you’d been touring for the past four to 5 years you almost certainly wouldn’t mind being holed up reception either.
“It’s been amazing just to remain in and do nothing,” the world-famous South African DJ tells me over the phone. He says it’s providing him with the chance to eat lamb chops and mash together with his son — their favorite lockdown meal.
Then again, when Black Coffee — real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo — says “stay in and do nothing” he doesn’t really mean it. He formed a part of the line-up for the worldwide Citizen One World: Together reception relief concert that happened last month.
Held in support of the planet Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and therefore the refore the healthcare workers fighting the pandemic across and the globe, the concert was hosted by Lady Gaga and featured international stars like Elton John, John Legend and Chris Martin and, a touch closer to home, Cassper Nyovest, Sho Madjozi and Nomzamo Mbatha.
“The world needs all the assistance it can get and as artists we’re doing our greatest to ascertain how we will assist,” he says.
Black Coffee may be a man who puts his money where his mouth is. This hasn’t been the sole occasion he’s used his DJ skills to boost funds during this difficult time. He’s also launched a weekly Home Brewed live stream to boost funds for relief charities.
So far he’s worked with organisations like KFC’s Add Hope programme and therefore the Red Cross . He’s planning on doing two more sets and says it has been amazing to ascertain people enjoying the music and supporting relief efforts at an equivalent time.
The pandemic has put his worldwide tour dates on hold, including a performance at Coachella, the annual music and humanities festival held in California. But in between all of this, he, like many of us , holds regular Zoom meetings. With the music side of his career on hold, he says his company, Flightmode Digital, is his main focus.
As an investment trust , its aim is to hunt out and invest in African startups. They’ve funded a couple of local startups thus far , including Yoko, a tech company that assists small businesses in getting paid.
There are numerous questions around how Covid-19 will change the way the planet works: how people will travel, work and interact with the planet around them once things “return to normal”. But while the worldwide music industry is being impacted during a huge way, he says he doesn’t see it changing within the end of the day .
“I don’t think it’s getting to change; it’s getting to return to normal. I just think it’s getting to take time to travel back to what it had been . the whole industry — the danceroom music , the club scene — is made during a certain way and, yes, people are on lockdown all round the world but they can not wait to urge out and return thereto . But we all need to wait until it’s safe to try to to so.”
Unfortunately, he says, it’s one among the industries which will suffer the foremost because it’ll be one among the last to reopen.
Sabrina Claudio is amazing — i have been a lover for a short time
DJ Black Coffee on collaborating with the singer-songwriter on his latest single
Maphumulo says now’s an honest time to release new music — with people reception , looking forward to new online content and music to concentrate to. Not missing a beat, he’s just released his latest single, SBCNCSLY, on which he collaborated with singer-songwriter Sabrina Claudio, someone he says is great to figure with.
“She’s amazing — i have been a lover for a short time . it has been an excellent experience. to possess the song available, from just talking about it to walking into the studio with nothing but ideas and now having it out there. I’m proud of it.”
This single will form a part of Black Coffee’s latest album, which he says is beginning in August. The album will include variety of collaborations, among the various names he mentions are Pharrell and Kelly Rowland.