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Black Coffee on Working with Ballantine’s, the “Human Orchestra” and the South African Music Scene

Hypebeast   in  · ·
March 18, 2015

Driven by the credo Stay True, Leave An Impression; Nkosinathi Maphumulo, a.k.a Black Coffee teamed up with Ballantine’s on the ‘Human Orchestra.’ Using the South African DJ and producer’s unique backstory as a basis for the project, the result is a unique, vocal version of his popular record, “Rock My World,” that really pushes the creative boundaries. We sat down with Black Coffee, who here details the making-of process, the virtues of ‘Staying True’, and also sheds some light on the current status of the burgeoning South African music scene.

How did you link up with Ballantine’s and how did you know they were the right partner to work with on this project?

Ballantine’s got in touch as they felt I represent Stay True, Leave An Impression; I do what I do because I have to, because it’s inside me. Having seen the previous films with Ben (Mead, the drummer) and Kilian (Martin, the skateboarder), what really interested me about the project is what they were looking for in the content. They were looking for a story, they were looking to inspire people and that is exactly what I’m always trying to do.


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