More Ibiza awards beckon for DJ Cof­fee

Home-grown star nom­i­nated again

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TOBY NGO­MANE

IT SEEMS as if hard work and pas­sion have paid off for one of South Africa’s big­gest stars, DJ Black Cof­fee.

The mu­si­cian, whose real name is Nkosi­nathi Ma­phu­mulo, has once again been nom­i­nated at the pres­ti­gious Ibiza DJ awards.

He has been nom­i­nated in the deep house cat­e­gory, and will bat­tle it out with the likes of Bri­tish DJ Damian Lazarus, the US’s Be­douin as well as UK sen­sa­tion Maya Jane Cole.

The awards will take place in Ibiza, Spain, on Septem­ber 26.

The event will be held at the ac­claimed Hi Ibiza night­club, where Ma­phu­mulo has been a res­i­dent DJ since the Euro­pean sum­mer be­gan in June.

He will con­tinue to per­form there un­til the end of Septem­ber.

The cer­e­mony, which seeks to pay trib­ute to the world’s big­gest DJs, has been held for the past two decades.

It be­gan in 1998, and has since be­come a big oc­ca­sion for the big­gest names in elec­tronic mu­sic. It rates among the big­gest high­lights on the mu­sic cal­en­dar.

In a bid to cel­e­brate all those who have con­trib­uted to elec­tronic mu­sic, the awards con­sist of nine cat­e­gories: Bass, Big Room House, Deep House, Down­tempo & Eclec­tic, Elec­tronic Live Per­former, House, Tech House, Techno and Trance.

The other three awards are non-mu­sic and in­clude: Break­through, New­comer and In­ter­na­tional DJ.

In ad­di­tion to the nine mu­sic awards, there are an ad­di­tional 12 awards for those al­ready in the in­dus­try, namely: Pro­ducer, Track of the Sea­son, Record La­bel of the Year, Ibiza DJ, Ibiza Mu­sic Event, Ibiza Night and In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val, Eco Award, as well as a spe­cial award to cel­e­brate the 20th an­niver­sary.

The awards are bound to be an ex­cit­ing af­fair with over 20 of at least 120 nom­i­nated DJs set to take home an award on the night.

Some of the big­gest names in elec­tronic mu­sic have pre­vi­ously been awarded at the event, which takes place in the coastal party play­ground.

Re­cip­i­ents in­clude Ar­min van Bu­uren, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Hard­well, Clap­tone, Mata­dor, The Martinez Broth­ers. We Are FSTVL, Funk­tion One, Woomoon, Awak­en­ings, and Suara have also been among the re­cip­i­ents of the spe­cial awards.

This year, many of these names have once again been nom­i­nated, with a few new­com­ers mak­ing the list.

“The fi­nal list of nom­i­nees has been com­piled with the help of a panel of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, and is more ex­ten­sive than ever.

“They re­flect a wide range of DJs and pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing many who re­main at the fore­front, as well as some ex­cit­ing new talents,” the or­gan­is­ers said.

This is not the first time DJ Black Cof­fee has been af­fil­i­ated with the awards. In 2015, he was nom­i­nated for the first time as break­through DJ, which he won, and then last year, he once again took home the ti­tle.

This time, he has been nom­i­nated for best deep house DJ.

Visit djawards.com to vote for your favourite artist.

GO­ING PLACES: DJ Black Cof­fee (Nkosi­nathi Ma­phu­mulo) is com­pet­ing with the world’s best.

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