“I dream of doing a song with Beyoncé,” maintains Nkosinathi Maphumulo, popularly known as DJ Black Coffee. “Imagine if the original version of my song ‘Superman’ was sung by her,” adds the softly spoken artist.
The South African DJ and producer is talking to me from his Johannesburg home where he lives with his wife Enhle Mbali, whom he married this year, and two children (who can be heard in the background). Maphumulo is enthusing over a momentous 2017 where he’s come to the attention of not only Beyoncé but, perhaps more crucially, Drake, which he describes as “unreal”.
This year the earnest afro-house maestro appeared on Drake’s hit single “Get It Together”, which features a pared-back reworking of Black Coffee’s 2011 loungy track “Superman”. Beyoncé subsequently added “Get It Together” to her wedding anniversary playlist, which certainly hasn’t harmed Black Coffee’s rapidly rising profile.