Right now, Black Coffee is probably South Africa’s biggest musical export. His singles routinely hit number one, and his world tour is pretty much ongoing. The biggest names in music want to work with him.
Black Coffee, aka Nkosinathi Maphumulo, grew up in dusty Mthatha, Eastern Cape and refused to have his prospects limited by his modest beginnings. Now – you cannot turn on a local radio station without hearing one of his songs. He is also a self confessed car addict 🙂
Below an awesome interview with this musical legend, courtesy of Hagen Engler and redbulletin.com.
The Red Bulletin: Are you a bit of a piston head?
Nkosinathi Maphumulo: Not really. I love cars, but… it’s the same with music, really. I’ve never been the guy who can tell you the history of a record label, or a producer.
So you’re more of a fan than a fanatic?
Exactly. I won’t be able to tell you details about the engine… As an artist, it’s the design that attracts me, the way a car looks. Then I think, “OK, let’s change the sound, change the colour, dechrome it.” I don’t want it to feel normal. It has to be unique.
Yeah, that’s it!
Did your love for cars come later in life, or was it always there?
It’s always been there, township kids play a game where you stand by the road, and as the cars come by, you choose: “That’s mine!” I never limited myself as a kid, despite where I grew up. As a kid, I would literally draw my dream house, my dream car and my future family.
So, in a way, you designed your life?
That’s exactly what I’m telling kids to do. I’ve been visiting high schools lately, speaking to kids about self-love, sharing my story. “Imagine yourself in a couple of years’ time. Say to yourself: ‘I’m gonna wear these clothes, I’m gonna drive this kind of car.’ You need to speak this into life now. Have a clear vision.”
How did you build a vision beyond the rural landscape of the Eastern Cape?
It’s all here. [Taps his head] You don’t need to move somewhere else to think bigger. It’s up to you. If you have nothing, the biggest thing you can do for yourself is to think, “How am I going to get out of here?” visualise that. Be a dreamer. Create a life. As a kid, I used to daydream about myself being visited by Michael Jackson, eMthatha! Only you can limit yourself.