DJ Black Coffee goes traditional for the Grammys

Linda Ximba

DJ Black Coffee will wear ibheshu when he attends the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles next year.

“I was with my mom when I got the news about my nomination. She couldn’t understand what the Grammys are all about,” said the award-winning DJ, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo.

He felt numb but justified about the nomination because he was working towards it. 

“That is what I intended when I made the album. I am looking forward to attending the ceremony and I will proudly wear ibheshu to showcase my African pride,” said the multi-talented songwriter and performer.

His album Subconsciously is nominated in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category. He will battle it out against Illenium, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Sylvan Esso and Ten City. The event will be held on 31 January at the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena.

“I am overwhelmed by the support from my fans,” he said.

He was talking at a media briefing in Ballito last week about Africa is not a Jungle event, where it was announced that Black Coffee will perform alongside the likes of DJ Merlon at Sugar Rush Park in Ballito on 24 December.

“Our main goal is to showcase local music and talented musicians while working to boost tourism and investment opportunities within the iLembe District,” he said. 

“We want to show the world that Africa is not a jungle. We also hope to create similar opportunities to those he had which saw him become world-famous. Tickets will cost from R300 to R1,000.”