Black Coffee was born in Durban in KwaZulu Natal and grew up in the Eastern Cape in Mthatha, before moving back to Durban to study music at Natal Tech where he majored in Jazz. His reason for studying music was because he felt that as a producer, he had to deepen his overall musical knowledge, develop his listening skills and advance his knowledge of music theory. Leaving Tech prior to completion of his studies, Black Coffee with two friends Thandukwazi â€œDemorâ€ Sikhosana and Mnqobi â€œShotaâ€ Mdabe worked as backup vocalists for the renowned Madala Kunene (Known mostly under the name “King of zoulou guitar). Deciding then to form an urban soul trio â€œShanaâ€ the three moved to Johannesburg to make their way.
Black Coffee was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2003 jump-starting him into the South African DJ scene â€“ a decision he says he has never looked back. His first big break was when his song â€œHappinessâ€ was featured on the DJs at Work album.
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