Born in the township of Umlazi, spent half of his life in the rural area of Ngangalizwe, who would have thought BLACK COFFEE would be a world icon? NKOSINATHI MAPHUMULO talks about his faith on Origins Documentary.
Resident Advisor’s Origins did a short film on BLACK COFFEE‘s life; where he grew up, the conditions of his childhood and what kept him focusing on his vision. The film begins at Section-E of Umlazi township, Durban, where he was born. He reveals that his passion for music started here, he remembers his uncle playing a lot REGGAE music like PETER TOSH. Unfortunately, in 1988, his parents divorced because of his abusive father and they moved to Umthatha.
NATHI MAPHUMULO (BLACK COFFEE) had a lot of faith, “I used to sit in this room, eh, draw like a table with a pair of SL 500’s and a mixer. That was my dream room… Everything to me was about chance and faith. That’s what I relied on. I knew this is what I wanted,” he says while he is in his grandmother’s house at Ngangalizwe where he shared a bedroom with his cousins. During the days of his childhood, he would daydream of “the world’s greatest superstars” befriending him.
At the age of 14 yrs old, during NELSON MANDELA’s release celebration, an accident happened causing NATHI’s left arm to be disabled, where some people died. His disability did not stop him from believing his dreams were achievable.
Watch the film below.