Black Coffee's net worth mirrors what happens when talent meets dedication, hard work, and perseverance. It has been years of grinding for this South African DJ. Everything he owns and his lavish lifestyle are fruits of his labor.
Black Coffee is a Grammy Award winner. Besides being a DJ, he is also a songwriter and the leading music producer in South Africa. The artist owns the Soulistic Music recording label. Black Coffee's net worth in Rands is slightly below R1 billion. He is among the few African stars who are US-Dollar multimillionaires.
|Full name||Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo|
|Stage name||Black Coffee|
|Date of birth||11th March 1976|
|Age||47 years (as of 2023)|
|Place of birth||Umlazi, Durban, South Africa|
|Education||Technikon Natal (now Durban University of Technology)|
|Qualifications||Music degree (Jazz Studies major)|
|Former spouse||Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa (2011- 2019)|
|Children||Esona, Lilitha, Anesu, and Asante Maphumulo|
|Career||DJ, record producer, and songwriter|
|Years active||1994 - present|
|Net worth||$60 million|
How much is Black Coffee worth?
DJ Black Coffee's net worth in Rands in 2023 is around R1.1 Billion (about $60 million). He ranks second on the list of wealthiest African musicians after Akon.
Is Black Coffee a billionaire?
Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo is a billionaire in South African Rands (ZAR), not in US dollars. The DJ makes a lot of money from his business ventures. His $60 million net worth equals around R1.1 Billion.
Black Coffee's career history
Nkosinathi ventured into the music industry around 1994. He and schoolmates Thandukwazi Sikhosana (Demor) and Mnqobi Mdabe were Madala Kunene's backup singers.
Nkosinathi later majored in Jazz Studies at Technikon Natal (now called the Durban University of Technology) and formed an Afro-pop group called SHANA (Simply Hot and Naturally African) with Demor and Mnqobi.
SHANA was signed to Melt 2000, which was under Robert Trunz. Nkosinathi became famous across the continent after being among the two South Africans who participated in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy.
The Red Bull Music Academy made him a star in Mzansi's dance and music scenes. Nkosinathi's first hit song was Happiness from the DJs at Work album. He created the Soulistic Music company in 2005.
The star currently has ten albums, including a live DVD. He also co-wrote and co-produced three songs on Drake's 2022 album Honestly, Nevermind.
Black Coffee's albums
Here is a list of Black Coffee's albums from 2005 to April 2023:
|Have Another One||2007|
|Africa Rising DVD||2012|
|Africa Rising CD||2012|
|Pieces of Me||2015|
|The Journey Continues EP||2016|
|Music is King EP||2018|
|SIAM (Semua Itu Ada Masanya)||2022|
Black Coffee's awards
The DJ has received 1 Grammy, 2 Metro FM Awards, 4 DJ Awards, and 8 SAMA awards. Below are the awards Black Coffee has won from 2005 to April 2023:
|2005||SAMA||Best Dance Album|
|2005||SAMA||Best Male Artist|
|2010||Metro FM Awards||Best Produced Album|
|2010||Metro FM Awards||Best Dance Album|
|2012||SAMA||Best Dance Album|
|2015||DJ Awards||Breakthrough DJ|
|2016||SAMA||Album of the Year|
|2016||SAMA||Best Dance Album|
|2016||SAMA||Best Engineered Album|
|2016||DJ Awards||Best Deep House DJ|
|2016||BET Award||Best International Act: Africa|
|2017||DJ Awards||Best International DJ|
|2017||Dance Music Awards South Africa||Best International DJ|
|2017||Dance Music Awards South Africa||Best International Producer|
|2018||SAMA||Male Artist of the Year|
|2019||DJ Awards||Best Deep House DJ|
|2022||Grammy Awards||Best Dance/Electronic Album|
How much does Black Coffee earn?
Black Coffee owns over 150,000 businesses in South Africa, including luxury clubs in Soweto. These businesses make an annual revenue of about $6.9 million.
How much money does Black Coffee make per show?
Live performances, albums, licensing fees, brand endorsements, and awards contribute significantly to the net worth of Black Coffee. His starting fee is R200,000 for a local entertainment gig and R2 million for an international show.
Black Coffee’s businesses
Black Coffee's business investments can sustain his posh lifestyle his entire life if he decides to retire from music. Here are some of his entrepreneurship achievements:
Black Coffee bought stakes at Sweepsouth in 2017. The home cleaning company has over 7000 workers.
Black Coffee got equity at Yoco in 2018. It is among the fastest-growing African technology company. Yoco works with over 150000 SMEs and makes about $6.9 million in annual revenue.
Gallo Record Company
He bought a significant share at the Johannesburg-based Gallo Record Company in 2020. It is the oldest and largest record label in South Africa. The label was established in 1926 and has signed many great musicians in South Africa, including Lucky Dube and Thandiswa Mazwai.
Zone 6 Venue
Black Coffee owns Zone 6 Venue in Soweto. It is among the most high-profile Mzansi clubs and a favorite hangout spot for celebrities like Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, and the late AKA. The club has a 3000 people capacity.
Black Coffee has stakes in three companies, Andela, GOSPËL, and Epione Healthcare Solutions, and owns more businesses.
Black Coffee brand endorsements
DJ Black Coffee has endorsed and worked with several international and local brands. In 2017, he and AXE (a deodorant-producing company) released his designer body spray called AXE Black. In 2018, Black Coffee announced on Twitter plans to work with Hunters Cider (an alcohol brand) but did not reveal much about the project.
DJ Black Coffee's houses
Nkosinathi is a man of great taste. He lives in some of the finest places in South Africa, and one of them costs about R7.4 million. Some of Black Coffee's homes are in the US, but he never posts them on social media.
Black Coffee's cars
The DJ's cool rides are only affordable to the elites. One of Black Coffee's Bentleys was a gift from American rapper Drake. The car cost R11 million. Nkosinathi's son was also spotted driving a black Bentley worth over R3 million in 2017. Black Coffee's other vehicles are:
- CLK Mercedes
- Mercedes Benz G Station Wagon
Does Black Coffee own a private jet?
Black Coffee hired a private jet for his Europe tour that lasted the entire summer of 2018. Fans quickly assumed it was his until he clarified that he only rented it.
How did Black Coffee lose his arm?
Black Coffee was among the many South Africans celebrating Nelson Mandela's release from prison on 11th February 1990. A speeding vehicle ran over the crowd and hit him. Black Coffee's left arm sustained a brachial plexus injury that made it incapacitated.
Where does Black Coffee live now?
The Mzansi DJ lives in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, with a $60 million net worth.
Who is the richest DJ in South Africa?
Black Coffee is the richest DJ in South Africa with a $60 million net worth.
Facts about Black Coffee
- Black Coffee’s eldest son, Esona, is also in the entertainment industry.
- The public knows little about the DJ's second son, Lilitha, and his mother.
- He has two sons, Anesu and Asante, with his ex-wife, actress Enhle Mbali. The couple annulled their marriage of eight years in 2019 after infidelity and abuse allegations.
- The DJ's charity foundation trains the less privileged and handicapped people interested in music production.
Black Coffee's net worth inspires many youngsters who want to build careers in the music industry. The artist remains humble even at the top of his game.
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Source: Briefly News