7 things nobody knows about Black Coffee

Black Coffee grew up in Umlazi township in Durban before moving to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape with his mom, after his parents’ divorce. He was a shy kid with not many friends but had high hopes of making it in the music industry.

The springboard to stardom came after he attended the Red Bull Music Academy in Cape Town. Now Black Coffee is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning DJ who rubs shoulders with stars like Alicia Keys and Drake and is in demand the world over.

7 things nobody knows about Black Coffee

7. Black Coffee is social minded.

In 2010 the DJ launched the Black Coffee Foundation, which raises funds for the physically disabled and allows disabled students with talent the opportunity to study sound production.

It’s a cause close to Black Coffee’s heart – the musician was left disabled at the age of 13. He was in a crowd celebrating the release of Nelson Mandela when a speeding taxi careened into bystanders, striking the teenager and causing him to lose the use of his left arm.

Enhle did various charity drives when she was the ambassador for skincare range Dawn in 2014 and remains active in helping the underprivileged.

6. 1994

He started his career back in 1994 when he was still in High School, singing in the school choir and studying the keyboard.

5. Naming

While studying Music at Natal Technikon, he developed his skill and formed the band ‘Shana’ going on to release 4 albums. He got the name Black Coffee from an ex-girlfriend.

4. Africa Rising

Black Coffee founded the Soulistic Music (South African Record company) in 2005. His biggest achievement remains the Africa Rising DVD whose highlight is having the late Victor Ntoni as part of the show.

3. His disability is an ability, as it is for all!

He set a world record for the longest DJ set (60 hours) using one arm in 2010.

2. Black Coffee Foundation

One of Black Coffee’s most inspirational moves was when he established a foundation called DJ Black Coffee Foundation, uplifting and assisting people with disabilities.

1. Art and cartoons, maybe his next future. 

He loves art. He used to draw and he want to go back to it. He used to draw cartoons a lot in high school. It’s something he’s stopped doing, something he wants to get back to doing.