Grammy nomination nod for SA’s Black Coffee

Accomplished South African house artist and DJ Nkosinathi Maphumulo – you know him as Black Coffee – has made a big name for himself around the world. This week he capped off an astonishing few years with a Grammy nomination. He has been nominated in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category for his album Subconsciously, which marked something of a departure from SA house sounds and was released earlier this year to international acclaim

Music website Pitchfork has written of Maphumulo: “In the past decade, as international pop stars have pivoted to African beats and rhythms in search of inspiration with a global reach, Black Coffee has found a heightened level of visibility.” He’s a hugely successful export, with several international awards already under his belt. He’s also performed at international festivals like Coachella, and collaborations with international stars like Drake, Usher, David Guetta and Diplo.🤩 He’s not universally beloved, mind you: he was criticised for performing in Israel in 2018 (same WhatsApp group as Miss SA, cough cough) and his ex-wife Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa has accused him of domestic violence – allegations he staunchly denies.

If Black Coffee bags the Grammy on 31 January 2022, he’ll join such luminaries as Miriam Makeba and the Soweto Gospel Choir on the SA winners list.🥇

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 25 November 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.