May 22, 2024
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Black Coffee originally known as Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo was born on the 11th of March 1976. He is a South African DJ, record producer and a songwriter. Coffee established his own record label Soulistic Music, and also released his self-titled album Black Coffee in the year 2005. This album incorporated both elements of Jazz and R&B.


His Birth name
Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo
Born on the 11th of March 1976 Age 47 years.
Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa Genres
House classical Afro house Afro tech
DJ, Record Producer and a Songwriter.
Years Active. 1994–present.
Labels: Soulistic Music, Ultra Music

began his career around 1994 and became prominent after participating in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy, ever since then he has released nine studio albums, not excluding a live DVD.

Over his years of success in the music industry, he won himself 8 SAMA, 4 DJ Awards, 2 Metro FM Awards and 1 Grammy award.


Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo was born on 11th of March 1976 in eThekwini, South Africa. He later moved to Umtata, the town which is 29 km away from the very known Nelson Mandela Qunu village, staying at the Ngangelizwe township.

On the 11th of February 1990, during the time of the celebration of the release of Nelson Mandela, a car, without headlights, bumped into the crowd, hitting people in front of Maphumulo. The result of the brutal incident brought about a lot of casualties and personally left Nkosinathi with a brachial plexus injury whichade him loose his left arm.

He majored in Jazz Studies at Technikon Natal, currently known as the Durban University of Technology before working as a backup singer for Madala Kunene as both schoolmates: Mnqobi Mdabe (Shota) and Thandukwazi Sikhosana (Demor).Maphumulo, Shota and Demor later formed an Afro-pop trio called SHANA (Simply Hot and Naturally African) signed to Melt 2000, then headed by Robert Trunz.


Maphumulo got married to an Actor and a TV presenter Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa in the year 2011.

They have two kids adding to two other kids he had from his previous relationship.
In 2014, it was recorded that Maphumulo allegedly cheated on his wife Mlotshwa with a model, a woman from the Free State region, and had demanded R100 000 from Maphumulo blackmailing him to a s ex tape which she found to back up her claims. Later in the month of August 2018, he admitted to the accusations made against him, although he claimed that the incident was the result of being young and carried away by fame.

In June 2019, the couple got into another case of cheating. This time around with the ex-wife of a fellow DJ and collaborator – David Guetta. This became the talk of the moment as fans from social media expresses the disappointments, comparing both cases and a conclusion was drawn to prove evidence of his disloyalty to his marriage and partner.

Afterwards, the couple took their time to respond to the rumors. It was also noticed that Enhle had removed all pictures of the couple together from her Instagram. Maphumulo later took to Twitter to deny the allegations and also commented on the “lynch-mob mentality” of the users involved in spreading the allegations. True or not, we are nothing but just observing fans.
The couple eventually got separated in July 2019.The divorce proceedings continued into 2020.

The now divorced couple made headlines once again in April 2021 when Enhle Mbali had filed for a protection order against her ex-husband for having assaulted her at her birthday dinner held at her place still shared by the couple. The allegations were made during the time when Gender Based Violence(GBV) was at it’s peak in South Africa.

The report came following a statement from Mbali confirming that she was seeking a protection order and that, according to her, it was her duty as a woman not to only fight for herself, but for every other woman in South Africa. She further went on to mention two widely known cases of alleged GBV, including that of Reeva Steenkamp, and that she wanted to help bring an end to all these cases.

The DJ quickly responded to the allegation in a series of Tweets in which he denied the claims of assault and also recounting the GBV he witnessed within his own household while growing up. He further implied that this was an attempt by Mbali to separate him from his children and their home.

Again on the 7th of May 2021, the DJ once more took to Twitter to share the news that the South African Court had ruled in his favour and set aside the interim protection order while also dismissing Mbali’s case. Mbali announced that she would no longer protect Maphumulo and would be speaking openly about the abuse she have suffered as well as further alleging that Maphumulo had also tormented her and their children emotionally.

Mbali then announced that she would be holding a press conference in which she would publicize evidence, text messages and evidence there is, as a proof and back up to her claims.

The press conference announced by Mbali came on the 12th of August 2021, the TV star made a post on Instagram making fun of an upcoming production titled “Voice”. This was released in the following September as a docu-series posted to her Instagram in which she recounted her life time story. In an interview in February 2022, Mbali shared her reason for making and releasing that documentary, she also expressed her disappointment in the court system of South Africa, saying that the system had failed her.


● Sunday Times Generation Next Award (2014) Won the Coolest DJ.
● DJ Awards Breakthrough Won in 2015.
● SAMA Best Dance Album Won in 2016.
● Won the Best Engineered Album.
● Won the International Recognition.
● Won the BET Award, The Best International Act: Africa.
● Won Best Deep House JD Awards 2017.
● Wom the Dance Music Awards South Africa, The Best International Producer 2018.
● Won Best International DJ
● Won SAMA Album of the Year.
● Won The Male Artist of the Year.
● Won The Best Dance Album (Nominated).
● Wom The Best International DJ2019 (Nominated).
● Wom The Grammy Awards Best Dance/Electronic Album 2022.
● Wom The Headies Best Southern African Artist of the Year, 2023.

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