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Black Coffee Set to Make History as First South African DJ to Headline Madison Square Garden, U.S.

Black Coffee Set to Make History as First South African DJ to Headline Madison Square Garden, U.S.

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The upcoming show will be Black Coffee’s biggest performance in the United States.

By Helena Olori 

South African DJ, record producer, and songwriter, Black Coffee, is set to make history as the first South African DJ/producer to headline the nearly 20,000-capacity Madison Square Garden, New York, US, as disclosed by Billboard.

This achievement comes on the heels of his three consecutive sold-out shows at the Brooklyn Mirage last fall.

Born Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, Black Coffee also made history when he won his first Grammy in 2022, becoming the first South African to win Best Dance/Electronic Album category, with his 2021 LP, Subconsciously.

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The upcoming Madison Square Garden show, happening on October 7, 2023, is Black Coffee’s most extensive dance music performance in the United States to date.

The multiple award-winning DJ described this historic development as “hard to put into words”, stating, “As a performer sharing a stage that has hosted some of the greatest artists from all different genres and backgrounds just makes it all so real! I’m completely honoured to make my Madison Square Garden debut in 2023.” 

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The one-night show will also feature a 12-piece orchestra, surprise guests, and a stage setup to give the audience a 360-degree view. It is a continuation of the momentum garnered from a similar sold-out show at Madison Square Garden last month, indicating a growing audience for dance music.

The MSG performance is a joint effort between Avant Gardner and The Bowery Presents, marking their biggest collaboration to date.

Black Coffee has had a significant presence in the international music scene since 2013, with his standout feature on Drake’s More Life being the most remarkable. Subconsciously is his most recent work.

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