As the first South African DJ to headline Madison Square, Black Coffee continues to wave the South African flag worldwide. The Grammy Award-winning musician also announc
ed the line up for his iconic performance at The Garden on 7 October at his ultimate send-off party.Black Coffee is headlining his own show at Madison Square Garden next weekend and on Thursday explained why only some of his favs are going with him. Black Coffee will become the first South African act to headline at the revered Madison Square Garden venue in New York.
“I have a song with Shekhinah, but couldn’t include it to my set, I just did a remix for a Snoh Aalegra song and could’ve had her at the show, but the song doesn’t fit the set. I build a set based on just music and then the artists would come through that selection,” said the Grammy award-winning producer at his send-off party in Fourways.Msaki and Black Coffee have collaborated on a number of songs and she confessed that she had already made plans to be in New York next weekend, even prior to being approached by the producer.Before the party kicked off for the evening, Black Coffee, Msaki, Shoba and Castle Lite Brand Director Colleen Duvenage had a roundtable discussion hosted by actor Lawrence Maleka.Black Coffee explained he’d always had a vision of seeing African music on the world stage, referring to an interview he did while in New York a couple of years ago.
“I’ve just always felt like this music deserves to be on the biggest platform as possible. I used to do interviews back in the day and I remember one journalist asked me, while I was in New York, ‘what are you trying to do’” said Black Coffee.
“My answer was, imagine Superman which is sung by Bucie, being sung by Beyoncé, without changing anything. The genre deserves that. Superman was given the international treatment a few years later by another superstar a few years later: Drake on his More Life album.