Acclaimed house maestro, Black Coffee, will be presented with the International Achievement Award in recognition of his prolific international musical career and setting a gold standard of excellence.
These distinguished honours will be handed over at the 28th SAMAs which will take place on Sunday, 28 August 2022 at Sun City, broadcast live on SABC 1 at 20:00
As Black Coffee proved on his 2009 SAMA-winning album Home Brewed, the DJ and producer defies convention. Sidestepping Afro-house clichés in favour of restrained sophistication, Black Coffee’s penchant is for true Afropolitan house. His biggest breakthrough however was in 2017 when his classic Superman was reimagined into Get it Together by Drake and globally released.
Since his introduction to the music industry, Black Coffee has amassed a number of firsts; many of which have cemented his place on the SA music legends list; these include being the first DJ to perform at Coachella twice, the first African artist to have his show on Apple Music’s Beat 1 and the first African DJ to win a BET award. In 2022, he became the first African DJ to win a Grammy award for his album SBCNCSLY which includes features from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Kelly Rowland and Cassie. This moment came shortly after he launched the Black Coffee Foundation and before the news that he had shaped the sound of Drake’s latest project Honestly, Nevermind.
The multiple SAMA winner has additionally invested in building a school and in a music streaming platform merged with a social networking platform called GongBox that aims to have artists own the rights to their music and allow them to profit in the most positive light.
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