South African artist Black Coffee wins at BET Awards

House music maestro Black Coffee wins a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award.

House music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. (Image: OnoBello)

Brand South Africa Reporter

House music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. The renowned DJ, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, won in the “Best International Act-Africa” category at the awards ceremony held last night in Los Angeles, in the US.

He was nominated in the category alongside other South African and African musicians:

  • Wizkid from Nigeria;
  • AKA from South Africa;
  • Serge Beynaud from Ivory Coast;
  • MzVee from Ghana;
  • Cassper Nyovest from South Africa;
  • Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania; and,
  • Yemi Alade from Nigeria.

See his acceptance speech:

Watch him thank South Africa:

Congratulations pour in

South Africans flooded Twitter to congratulate the star for flying the flag high.

“DJ Black Coffee continues to inspire our youth with this achievement and has now become our prime international export in the music industry, as an example of the South African youth talent,” said President Jacob Zuma.

“Our nation is immensely proud of him and this achievement in particular. We congratulate him most heartily.”

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said it was not only a victory for South African music, but for African house music.

“May Black Coffee continue to lead the way and along with other like-minded South African musicians,” he said.

The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate African-Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.

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