Black Coffee shuts down iFest

Bongani Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
Music lovers thronged Hartsfield Tshisa Nyama on Monday to join South Africa’s multi-award-winning DJ, Black Coffee (real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo) who was celebrating his 10 years in the music industry. Dubbed We dance Again which is also the title of his latest hit single, the show was one to remember as the DJ was unrelenting with his selection of deep and commercial house music for his two-hour set.

The event which was held as part of the Ibumba Festival (iFest) also marked the end of the week-long festival.

Warming up the stage was a female duo of DJs Zandile (Zimbabwe) and Liz (South Africa) who gave a good account of themselves. Local DJs did not disappoint with tribal house trio Djembe Monks showing off their prowess of fusing house music with Kongo drums, similar to Black Motion.

Judgement Yard’s DJ Flevah who had played at the venue the previous night, was added onto the line-up. He brought a much-needed dancehall touch to the wholly house event with a wide selection of local and Jamaican dancehall. Winky D’s new track Disappear was the most popular.

Black Coffee, who has played at Ibiza and toured Europe, eventually took to the stage at 1:30PM and took revellers on a musical journey of his 10 years in the industry as he sampled tracks from his five albums including Rock My World, Crazy, Buya and Superman.

The talented DJ had the crowd eating out of his hand as he belted out deep house tunes. Most seemed not to know the songs but visibly could not resist dancing along to every tune.

The bar area which had been a hive of activity before Black Coffee went on stage was nearly empty as most revellers were on the dance floor. For his second hour, Black Coffee played commercial house tracks that most people in the city were familiar with. Popular tracks such as Umoya by Heavy K featuring Professor and Mpumi, Get Down by DJ Mshega featuring Bucie N and No Contest by Culoe De Song were among the songs he played.

Black Coffee ended his set just before 4AM with hit song ‘We dance Again’, a song he had opened his set with. The artiste who is no stranger to locals thanked fans for their support over the past 10 years and promised to return next year for another show before he was whisked away to his hotel room.

But the party did not end there as Bulawayo’s female DJs Liz and Zandile played until 5AM.

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