Black Coffee incident – AKA’s team issues statement

Johannesburg, Monday, 26 September 2016 ­ – The Vth Season confirms that one of our employees, Tshiamo Letshwene, who serves as a Road Manager, was involved in an altercation with Black Coffee this past weekend at the DSTV iRock Festival in Limpopo whilst Road Managing AKA and his band.

We are very surprised and disappointed to hear of the violent reaction by Black Coffee towards Tshiamo which was unexpected and unwarranted. Tshiamo is more shocked than injured. We admire and hold Black Coffee in high regard but his actions on Saturday night have let us down especially for Tshiamo who is a fan and considers Black Coffee a role model.

AKA was not late for his performance at the DSTV iRock Festival in Limpopo as media and event goers have reported. As an Agency, it is very important for us to be professional at all times with all our stakeholders. Three weeks ago we requested a performance time change for AKA to which the event organisers agreed and confirmed. We wanted to ensure that there was enough travel time for AKA and his band as they had another event prior to the DSTV iRock Festival and a private jet was chartered to ensure they got to Limpopo at the quickest possible time.

It is unheard of and highly unprofessional for an artist to have squabbles with another artist or his team members about performance line up details. Disputes should be addressed directly with the event organisers to which they would have been able to confirm to Black Coffee that they advised AKA’s band to set up at that particular time. AKA and his band were willing to wait to perform after Black Coffee’s set but were instructed to go on as planned. We cannot attest to whether or not Black Coffee was informed prior to Saturday night about the changes with his timeslot, but he had no business arguing with and then slapping Tshiamo.

For an artist that has been in the music industry for the amount of years that Black Coffee has, his actions on Saturday night don’t speak to the brand magnitude of what we know Black Coffee to be. His actions were ignorant, distasteful and not of someone level headed or mature. We applaud Tshiamo for keeping his cool and being professional throughout the altercation especially seeing that the anger and violence was misplaced.

“It’s completely unacceptable for Black Coffee to have hit someone. We thought he was a gentleman and a professional. I’m sure he has something to say about his despicable and inexcusable action but in the meantime we anticipate an apology from Black Coffee to the young man” expresses Benza, Managing Director, Vth Season Talent and Entertainment Marketing Agency.

Black Coffee named Best International Act: Africa at the 2016 BET Awards


He is one of the ‘quietest’ stars in entertainment, except when it comes to his business aka music. It’s there that he really makes a noise… A good noise. So much so, his skills have captured the attention of many industry players and music lovers alike. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, maybe when I say the name Black Coffee the light bulbs will go off. Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, is easily one of the most sought-after DJ’s in music, and I’m talking about the local stages. I’m talking big ass international festival stages like Coachella, clubs in Ibiza, most of Europe and beyond. DJ Black Coffee is winning at life… He’s also winning awards.

The star is out in Los Angeles this weekend, as part of the 2016 BET Awards. It was there that he was named as the Best International Act: Africa category yesterday, beating out the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Diamond Platinumz and Nigeria’s Wizkid.

In today’s edition of the Sunday Times, my good friend Gabi Mbele got to chat to the star about his win, and his plans to move to LA in the next year. When you’ve got friends like P Diddy, Swizz Beatz and you’re working on new music with Grammy winner, Alicia Keys, it’s clear why he has plans to hop across the ocean to the City of Angels. Big up Black Coffee, we’re super proud of your achievement, and I also applaud you for being one of the nicest, most humble and far from arrogant stars in the game. Global recognition, world domination!

Black Coffee steps down as Miss SA judge

DJ, Black Coffee has decided to step down as one of the Miss South African judges, citing one of the semifinalists as one of his distant family members as the reason. He doesn’t know the young lady, but because of the connection he’d prefer to avoid any perceptions around her progress in the competition. Fair enough I guess. What do you think? Who should replace him? Drop a comment below.


Full press release:


January 30, 2014: Miss South Africa judge Black Coffee has recused himself as a judge from the 2014 adjudication panel with immediate effect.

Speaking from abroad Black Coffee said: “I have recused myself from the judging process for Miss South Africa 2014 because it has emerged, to my surprise, that I am actually related by marriage to Top 33 semifinalist Tidimalo Sehlako. Miss Sehlako is the half-sister of my wife Mbali Mlotshwa and, although she and her half-sister have only ever met twice in person, I had never met her, and notwithstanding that we have no relations of any kind with her, I do not wish any perception arising to distract from the pageant.” Continue reading “Black Coffee steps down as Miss SA judge”

MTN SAMA 19 winners

• Album of the Year
Khuli Chana      Lost in Time

• MTN Record of the Year
Sfiso Ncwane      Kulungile Baba

• Duo or Group of the Year
Freshlyground      Take Me to the Dance

• Female Artist of the Year
Kelly Khumalo      The Past, The Present, The Future

• Male Artist of the Year
Khuli Chana      Lost in Time

• Newcomer of the Year
Toya Delazy      Due Drop Deluxe

• Best Rock Album
Zebra & Giraffe      The Wisest Ones

• Best Pop Album
Toya Delazy      Due Drop Deluxe

• Best Adult Contemporary Album
Elvis Blue      Journey

• Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Theuns Jordaan      Roeper

• Best African Adult Album
Maleh       Step Child

• Best Alternative Album
iScream & The Chocolate Stix    The Paradox

• Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Khaya       For You

• Best Rap Album
Khuli Chana      Lost in Time

• Best Kwaito Album
Professor      The Orientation

• Best Dance Album
Black Coffee      Africa Rising

• Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Various       Siprit of Praise Vol.4

• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Ntokozo Mbambo     Filled

• Best Traditional Album
Soul Brothers      Isiphithiphithi

• Best Maskandi Album
Ichwane Lebhaca     Inkunzi Yomthakathi

• Best Jazz Album
Herbie Tsoaeli      African Time

• Best Classic & Instrumental Album
CH2 CH 2 Guitar Duo Live with the University of Pretoria Symphony   Orchestra

• Best Live DVD
The Captured Tour Concert Film    Lira
• Best Collaboration
Riot Feat. Zahara     Thetha Nami

• Best Music Video of the Year
Claudio Pavan  for Honey Spiders  (The Parlotones)

• Best Producer
Jax Panik  for Due Drop Deluxe   (Toya Delazy)

• Best Engineer
Mark Beling  for Strong   (BlackByrd)

• Remix of the Year
DJ Kent   for Thinking about You Ft. Zonke   DJ Kent Remix (Theo Kgosinkwe)

• Best Selling DVD
Vol. 16 Live at Carnival City    Joyous Celebration

• Best Selling Album
Roeper       Theuns Jordaan
• Best Selling Tru-Tone
Follow Me      DJ Cleo ft. Teddy Bears

• Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone
Loliwe       Zahara
• Best Selling Full-Track Download
You’re The Voice     Shout/J23 – Artists for a safer South Africa
Heavenly Sent       Mi Casa

2012 Sunday Times Generation Next winners

The annual Sunday Times Generation Next Awards took place at Montecasino on Thursday. The awards, in its eighth year, honours some of SA’s biggest brands and celebrities. Over 6000 youths between the ages of 8 and 22 from different backgrounds were surveyed by marketing company HDI. Bonang Matheba was the MC for the afternoon’s activities, which saw the likes of BlackBerry, Engen, Guess, DJ Black Coffee, Sophie Ndaba, Trevor Noah and Liquideep all winning awards. Check out the list of winners below:

  Coolest Brand Overall 2012
1 BlackBerry
3 Coca-Cola
4 Nike
5 Apple
Q1 Coolest Bank






Standard Bank




Capitec Bank
Q2 Coolest Cell Phone






Apple iPhone




Sony Ericsson
Q3 Coolest Fashion and/or Accessory Store




Mr Price






Jay Jays
Q4 Coolest Domestic Airline


SAA (South African Airways)




BA (British Airways)



1 Time
Q5 Coolest Toothpaste








Mentadent P


  Continue reading “2012 Sunday Times Generation Next winners”

Men’s Health Best Men Awards 2010

Last night I was invited to attend the Men’s Health Best Men Awards. The event was held in Kyalami at one of the venues in the office park. Very very nice I must say. A friend and I were really late, but nothing better then making a statement right? No, I’m a punctual person so it wont happen again- well I’m not in a hurry to repeat that. The venue was simply decorated, but effective in its execution. On stage when we arrived? Mr Trevor Noah, who had the duties of emceeing. He introduced one of the most talented singers in South Africa; the lovely Louise Carver. I really enjoy her sound, her performances and she just seems to be getting more and more comfortable on stage. She did a cover of one of Sting’s classic song “Fields Of Gold”. So brilliant it was, I might have to ask her to release a special version for me (and a few of you too- ha). Anyway, good work Lou. I had a fantastic evening. Everything ran smoothly, the food was delicious and all in all the Men’s Health team did a fantastic job. Well done to them all. Here is a list of the winners on the night:

The Young Gun
Ryan Sandes

The Artist
Black Coffee

The Game Changer
Jon Cherry

The Unsung Hero
Braam Malherbe

The Visionary:
Kobus Meiring. This tall-ass man made emcee Trevor squirm a bit, I won’t lie. He caught him off guard when he looked at Trevor on the stage and said I believe you’ve prepared my speech for tonight. I think the comedian was a little gobsmacked, standing there with a ‘doh’ look on his face. He eventually had a comeback- a funny one that is

The Trendsetter
Craig Native. Craig gave a very emotional speech. He told us that it was the anniversary of his late mother’s death and that if she was around she would have been his date. Cue lump in throat. He then went on to say that South Africa was the in the perfect position to set trends for not only the continent but the world over too. Nice one Craig

Well done to all the winners, to Ridwaan Bawa and the rest of the MH team!

J&B Start A Party album launch

What a fantastic party… The J&B Start A Party Album was held last week Friday just outside the Greenpoint stadium in Cape Town, ahead of the J&B Met. Check it out, some of SA’s best djs including 5fm’s Fresh, Roger Goode and Euphonik. You’ve also got Craig Massiv, Dino Moran, Lady Lea, Black Coffee, Fistaz Mixwell and DJ Monde. DAMN, this album is happening so go check it out and see some of the highlights from the party below:

Start a Party this weekend

The annual J&B Met takes place in the Mother City this weekend and as usual it’s one of the highlights of the social calendar. This year is a little different though, the party starts on Friday night with two massive events. The first is the premet party at Bambu, Greenpoint. 5fm’s DJ Fresh and Euphonik will be ripping up the decks there in what is said to be the first of many parties of this kind.

The guys will then be dashing off to the Greenpoint stadium for the J&B Start A Party CD Launch, which features the crème de la crème of the South African DJing scene. Check it out: Lady Lea, Craig Massiv, Roger Goode, Fistaz Mixwell, Dino Moran, Oskido, Black Coffee and DJ Monde. What a treat…. And if that isn’t enough for you. There’s going to be a massive afterparty at the Kennilworth racecourse on Saturday. For more info, check out

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Start A Party Album cover shoot