The historic event unfolded on a Saturday night, as Black Coffee’s mesmerizing beats and melodies resonated with a sold-out crowd of 20,700 music enthusiasts: Picture Credit: X

 By Thulane Madalane

New York City: President Cyril Ramaphosa has posted a heartfelt appreciation message to a South African and internationally acclaimed Dj Nkosinathi Maphumulo affectionately known as Black Coffee, for being the first South African artist host a sold-out event at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, “ congratulations to Black Coffee for being the first South African DJ to perform at Madison in New York City, USA to a sold-out show this past Saturday. South African artists continue to distinguish themselves and promoting our talent on the global stage . We thank you for flying the national flag!” said Ramaphosa on X formerly known as Twitter. Meanwhile Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Mr Zizi Kodwa expressed his joy at this rare achievement by Black Coffee of becoming the first South African DJ who delivered a headline performance at Madison Square Garden, “From the streets of Umlazi and Mthatha, to the world’s most famous music arenas, Nkosinathi, you are an inspiration to the young and old. You continue to scale the great heights of world music, taking along with you the best of South African music.” Said the elated Kodwa.

The Umlazi born and Grammy award-winning music maestro was also supported by a twelve piece orchestra, Bucie, Delilah Montagu, Mixine Ashley, Monique Bingham, Mr V, Mr Msaki, Portia Monique, Shoba, Souls-Star, Roland Clark Zoey Kypri and South African duo Major League DJz, who have also made a name for themselves beyond South Africa’s borders. Black Coffee accentuated the reasons why he chose to perform alongside some of these artists was that they contributed significantly to his meteoric rise as an artist “ Each guest I’ve chosen to join me at Madison Square Garden has played a special part in my musical journey” said Black Coffee

Kodwa saw Black Coffee’s performance in New York City as the doorway for many South African artists to make it internationally, “Black Coffee headlining at Madison Square Gardens is historic and shows the endless possibilities of South African musicians. We commit ourselves to open the global audience to our artists.” Quipped Kodwa.

Kodwa issued a heartfelt apology for missing the festivities in New York City, “am sorry I could not join you on your big day at Madison Square Gardens, but I join millions of South Africans supporting you on your journey. We’ll done Mashimane, Zukuzela, Masiyana. You continue to represent South Africa well.” Concluded Kodwa.

In April this year, Black Coffee was among the South African Grammy award winners honoured by the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture for achievement on the global stage.










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