DJ Black Coffee to hit town

Yoliswa Sobuwa

POPULAR DJ Black Coffee will perform in Nelson Mandela Bay tomorrow night – and his gig will contribute to a good cause. A children’s home will receive half of the takings.

Mthatha-born Black Coffee often raises money for charity at his stellar shows, but his performance at Liquid Lounge is going to be a bit different.

“I have not been to Port Elizabeth in a long time, but that is about to change,” he said.

“I am on a charity tour called ‘The Rhythm’ with DJ Shimza. I will be playing for three hours non-stop against him. We will then nominate one [children’s] home and donate 50% of the proceedings.

“It will not end there as we will visit the home to see what they need and also try and help out with general maintenance of the home. From there we will find them sponsors to donate groceries.”

In 2010 Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, started the DJ Black Coffee Foundation, which helps improve disabled people’s quality of life.

It also creates meaningful “edutainment” for youths.

Black Coffee said the foundation was an important tool to “plough back into the community”.

“We as South Africans have different challenges … it is even harder for people who are either naturally disabled or disabled through accidental causes, because we still lack the infrastructure to cater for them. The imbalances … pose a serious threat.

“Disability is not a curse, and it is also not a reason to have such individuals alienated.

“Establishing a foundation for disabled people, and seeking to work with institutions that cater for the disabled, is merely a calling for us.”

Black Coffee, who launched his three-disc Africa Rising album with a 24-piece orchestra and well-known artists at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban last year, said his Port Elizabeth fans would be treated to a live performance of some of his new hits.

“I am looking forward to seeing the response to my new songs.

“It has been amazing to see South African music growing and I am honoured to be part of this era.

“The upcoming DJs should work hard and believe in themselves. If you believe in yourself no one will stop you from realising your dreams.”

Entry to the event is R100 and doors open at 8pm.

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