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Black Coffee DJ’s At Lollapalooza 2022: Look + Listen

Proof positive that dance music is spiritual, in 2009, Black Coffee‘s breakthrough release Home Brewed showcased the multi-influential feeling shared by gospel, house, and the music of his country.

Ahead of this year’s Lollapalooza performance, the South African deejay/producer/artist sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the past, present, and future of dance music in the latest episode of The Green Room.

Enjoying a celebratory year, Black Coffee (born Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo) took home a Grammy for his 2021 album Subconsciously; and figured heavily on Drake’s Honestly, Nevermind, when the Canadian superstar recruiting him to produce highlights like “Texts Go Green” and “Currents.” 

When asked about the current pop culture acceptance of the musical genre he’s been working in for years, Black Coffee congratulated the rest of the world for finally catching up, stating “I’ve done so many interviews – probably 10, 15 years ago where I was saying, ‘Imagine a bigger artist doing what we do without changing a thing.” “I used to make an example with Superman: Imagine if Superman was sung by Beyoncé or Drake. It’s so crazy for me that it’s happening. Americans consume rap mostly and smart artists listen to everything. Eventually they want to branch out… and experience their music touching different people.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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