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4. Appreciation Vol. 2 - Black Coffee

Appreciation Vol. 2 - Black Coffee

DJ Kitty Amor drops the second installment of the Appreciation series which spotlights the sounds of the motherland from legendary producer/dj/record-breaker - BLACK COFFEE APPRECIATION REASON: Black Coffee put Africa (more so South Africa) on the map for house music through integrating tribal beats with heart-felt soulful vocals in ways none would have imagined. Black Coffee had a major influence my style in mixing and in live sets which is displayed in the ways in which I make the listeners become a part of the music. Thank to Black Coffee, I am able to embrace my culture through music amongst the UK and worldwide, as well as bring many together with songs such as ‘We Are On’. Nathi Maphumulo aka Black Coffee began his DJ career back in 1994 while still in High School. While studying Music in Natal Technikon, he formed 'Shana' a band that has gone on to record and release four albums. Black Coffee was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2003 jump-starting him into the South African DJ scene – a decision he says he has never looked back. His first big break was when his song “Happiness” was featured on the DJs at Work album. In 2005, Black Coffee released his debut album which was self-entitled ‘Black Coffee’ as well as forming Soulistic Music (PTY) Ltd, in which Black Coffee wholly owned 360° corporate structure and was the jump-off point for himself. With this first release, Black Coffee commented “I don’t know how to explain the production stages of my album because all I did was put down the basic ideas that I had, I didn't use any MIDI controllers everything was played with a computer mouse. He added that the use of live instruments in a song is also very important, giving a track that final magic touch and bringing it to life. In 2006, he scooped a South African Music Award (SAMA) at the 16th Annual SAMA Awards for the Best Urban Dance Album, Home Brewed. Adding to his great accomplishments, he set a world record for the longest DJ set of 60 hours using one arm in 2010; he announced that 5% of all the album sales from Soulistic Music would be donated to charity; also he established a foundation called DJ Black Coffee Foundation dedicated to uplifting and assisting people with disabilities. From one inspiration to another, Black Coffee lost the use of his left arm at the age of 13 whilst celebrating the release of Nelson Mandela as a vehicle ran over the crowd. Black Coffee began a new phase of growth in 2008 with a string of new Soulistic Music signed releases from Culoe de Song, Tumelo and Zakes Bantwini all achieving gold and platinum sales, as well as working closely with the ‘Princess of House’ – Bucie. Tracklisting: 1. Black Coffee ft. Nomsa Mazwai & Black Motion - Traveller 2. Black Coffee ft. Zakes Bantwini - Juju 3. Black Coffee - Trip to Lyon 4. Black Coffee ft. Hugh Masekela - We Are One 5. Black Coffee - Monkey See, Monkey Do 6. Black Coffee ft. Thiwe - Crazy 7. Black Coffee, Darque & Kaylow - Ready For The World 8. Gold Fish - This Is How It Goes (Black Coffee Mix) 9. Black Coffee ft. Bucie - Superman (Club Mix) 10. Black Coffee ft. Bucie - Turn Me On 11. Bucie - Respect Me (Black Coffee Original Mix) 12. Black Coffee ft. Zonke - Gardens of Eden 13. Black Coffee ft. Bantu Soul - Even Though 14. Demor, Zakes Bantwini, Bucie & Black Coffee - The One 15. Marissa Guzman - Time to Go (Black Coffee Mix) Please support the artists music by buying from online outlets: Traxsource, Beatport, Juno and iTunes. Much Love x

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5. South African Artists Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela

South African Artists Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela

[APWW #433] [Originally aired in 2008] The extraordinary wisdom and forgiveness of Nelson Mandela as he led South Africa out of the hated apartheid system to a non-racial, democratic society is a deep inspiration that will long outlive him. Along the long journey to freedom, South African musicians offered vivid reflections of the emotions of the moment. We will hear conversations with some of the veterans of SA music including Ray Phiri, Lucky Dube, Dorothy Masuka, and others. They share their recollections of key event: the June 16, 1976 Soweto Student Uprising; the Feb. 11, 1990 release from jail of Nelson Mandela; first democratic elections April 27, 1994 for the New South Africa. Plus younger stars of kwaito music including Kabelo and Thandiswa Mazwai speak for the youth generation. We’ll hear classic tracks, “Black President” by Brenda Fassie, “We Miss You Manelow” by Chicco and “Bring Him Back Home” by Hugh Masekela.

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6. 06- Hugh Masekela - Bring Him Back Home [Future Skandi Remix]

06- Hugh Masekela - Bring Him Back Home [Future Skandi Remix]

Future Skandi Remixes of Old School and New School African Hit Songs. Enjoy

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8. Mandela Tribute Mix (Anti-Apartheid Protest Songs)

Mandela Tribute Mix (Anti-Apartheid Protest Songs)

“Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music." Nelson Mandela As the world mourns the loss of one of it’s most celebrated characters it seemed only fitting to record this tribute mix. South Africa, like much of the African continent, has a rich musical heritage and hence there is a vast amount of music reflecting the nation’s struggles against apartheid (1948 – 1994), some of which was coded in order to beat strict censorship. The opening track on this mix sounds like a joyous celebration, but is in fact loaded with sarcasm about forced resettlement which went undetected by the government until soon becoming a protest song. Later, the fight against both Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment and apartheid would be kept on the international stage by international musicians and some of these can be found later on in the mix. There are simply too many songs to fit into one mix, so any obvious omissions are inevitable. However, if this mix has piqued your interest into learning more about this chapter in history and the role that music played then there is a whole wealth of information just a click of a button away. I’d thoroughly recommend starting with this essay: ‘The Beat That Beat Apartheid’ – Anne Schumann http://stichproben.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/p_stichproben/Artikel/Nummer14/Nr14_Schumann.pdf 1) Meadowlands – Nancy Jacobs & Her Sisters (1955) 2) Watch Out, Verwoerd (Ndodemnyama) – Miriam Makeba (1966) 3) The Click Song / Qonggothwane – Miriam Makeba (1960) 4) Tula Dubula – Abdullah Ibrahim (1982) 5) The Death Of Stephen Biko – Tom Paxton (1978) 6) Biko’s Kindred Lament – Steel Pulse (1979) 7) Apartheid – Peter Tosh (1977) 8) Crying In Soweto – Harold Butler (1978) 9) Johannesberg – Gil Scott Heron (1975) 10) Fire In Soweto – Sonny Okosun (1977) 11) Sisi Mandela – Tabu Ley, Mbilia Bel & Faya Tess 12) Free Nelson Mandela – Special AKA (1984) 13) Asimbonanga (Mandela) – Johnny Clegg & Savuka (1987) 14) Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela) – Hugh Masekela (1987) 15) Black President – Brenda Fassie (1990) 16) When You Come Back – Vusi Mahlasela (1992) 17) Senzeni Na? – The Soweto Memorial Choir

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