Black Cof­fee A round of ap­plause for

The dee­jay says be­ing teased about his hand forced him to hide it for years

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Atha­bile Mrasi

MULTI-AWARD­WIN­NING pro­ducer and DJ, Nkosi­nathi Ma­phu­mulo (41), who is best known as Black Cof­fee to his fans, has re­vealed his hand for the first time in pub­lic. For years, he hid it in his pocket and there was spec­u­la­tion about what re­ally hap­pened to it.

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Black Cof­fee, who re­cently vis­ited Ber­lin, shared a pic­ture of his in­jured hand.

He says it's a big achieve­ment for him to be able to walk freely with­out fear of what peo­ple will say.

“This is a big step for me per­son­ally. Be­ing able to walk freely with­out over­think­ing is such a great achieve­ment. I’m be­com­ing more con­fi­dent to do it of­ten. We all have lit­tle or big things we don’t like about our­selves and we of­ten put our­selves down be­fore other peo­ple do. I’m per­son­ally work­ing towards break­ing those chains in my space and I be­lieve with this, I’m gonna un­lock even more op­por­tu­ni­ties for my­self. Don’t let any­thing pull you down,” says Black Cof­fee in a Face­book post.

WHAT RE­ALLY HAP­PENED TO HIS HAND

Black Cof­fee lost the abil­ity to use his hand fol­low­ing a car ac­ci­dent when he was a child. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened on the eve of Nel­son Man­dela’s re­lease from prison in 1990.

“It was in the early hours of the morn­ing around 3 or 4am - on 11 Fe­bru­ary. Out of nowhere, I just heard a big sound. It didn’t sound like a car bump­ing peo­ple; it sounded like some­one shooting. I heard the sound and it was just dark af­ter that and I went blank,” re­veals Black Cof­fee.

“When I woke up, there was fire. They were burn­ing this guy’s taxi. There were also cars tak­ing

OVER­COM­ING HIS IN­SE­CU­RI­TIES

Black Cof­fee says while grow­ing up, he was teased be­cause of his in­jured arm. As a re­sult, he de­cided to stop wear­ing an arm brace.

“Af­ter the car ac­ci­dent, I used to wear one and be­ing a kid, it was hard be­cause kids can be mean. I de­cided to stop wear­ing the arm brace, es­pe­cially in pub­lic. It has taken me a long time to ap­pear like this in pub­lic be­cause of my own in­se­cu­ri­ties but I de­cided to post this pic­ture not just be­cause, for years, peo­ple had their own ver­sions of my story. I did this for my­self,” he re­vealed.

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His fans were happy and in­spired by Black Cof­fee's reve­la­tion.

“My first time see­ing the hand out of the pocket. Black Cof­fee, you are a liv­ing leg­end!,” wrote one of the fans.

An­other happy fan con­grat­u­lated him, say­ing, “I’ve been want­ing to see that hand. Well done, Black Cof­fee!”

He surely is an in­spi­ra­tion to many and he has shared that he feels that his hand has started to heal.

Black Cof­fee shows off his in­jured hand dur­ing a visit to Ber­lin peo­ple to hos­pi­tal and I was in one of the cars. I did not know what was hap­pen­ing. For months, doc­tors didn’t know what was hap­pen­ing un­til they called in a spe­cial­ist and found out that there was a dam­age to the nerves on my shoul­der,” he says.

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