Black Coffee on never giving up on his dream: “Nobody expected me to be where I am”

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There’s no doubt Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, is one of the most successful DJs in South Africa. From bagging a residency in Las Vegas to having Drake sample one of his songs, the deejay has received global recognition for his work.

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Black Coffee (44) recently took to Instagram to share his humble beginnings by giving fans a glimpse at his childhood room.

“I’ve always been reserved and just had passion for music,” the DJ said as he stood in the home he grew up in. The DJ dreamt of having his own studio as he sat in his room and drew what it would look like one day. “Nobody expected me to be where I am but I was always obsessed with it,” the father of two said.

He further explained how, to him, everything was about chance and faith because that’s what he relied on. He’d always known what he wanted. “Chance and faith drove me to push barriers I didn’t even know were possible. Never give up on your dream,” the popular DJ captioned his video.

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Black Coffee has been keeping busy during lockdown with initiatives to raise funds for those in need. He’s committed to a residency of livestream sessions with the aim of raising funds and building awareness around different charities. So far he’s raised over R150 000 through his livestreams and collaborations with celebrities and big brands.

See the full video below:


Black Coffee’s personal life had been in the news at the end of last year following his split from wife Enhle Mbali. At the time the internationally renowned DJ said he’d suggested they split via email. He told City Press he’d proposed “we should separate, and she should find a place to stay with the kids”.

According to him, they had “tried everything, such as seeing a therapist and a life coach, but nothing worked”.

Enhle (32) didn’t lash out at this revelation, however. In fact, the only time she’s made any reference to their personal life was when she spoke to DJ Zinhle about infidelity in her YouTube show, Sincerely Yours Enhle Mbali, and why she chose to stay married to him despite being hurt by his actions.

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