Zuma congratulated the “home-grown” star – whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo – for his great achievement of being the first South African music artist to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) award..
Black Coffee won the BET Award in the “Best International Act-Africa” category at the awards ceremony held on Saturday night in the US city of Los Angeles.
The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate African- Americans and other minorities in music‚ acting‚ sports‚ and other fields of entertainment.
“DJ Black Coffee continues to inspire our youth with this achievement and has now become our prime international export in the music industry‚ as an example of the South African youth talent. Our nation is immensely proud of him and this achievement in particular. We congratulate him most heartily‚” said Zuma.
Black Coffee wins BET Award (Photos)
The awards are being held in Los Angeles and Black Coffee beat out the likes of AKA‚ Cassper Nyovest‚ Diamond Platnumz‚MzVee‚ Serge Beynaud‚ Wizkid and Yemi Alade.
Wearing an olive green suit‚ the DJ thanked South African fans for their support.
Soon after news of the award went viral the DJ has been inundated with messages of support from fans and fellow musicians.
In a lengthy note Coffee expressed:
“For the past 4/5 years I have been doing tours outside my Country…..in the last two years even relocating my Family with me while on tour to make everything work…..Taking our South African Music to places I can’t even pronounce….I’m Greatful to my lady @enhlembali_ and my kids for allowing me to chase my dreams unconditionally…….my great team @amarudacosta @lionelmarciano and both offices in SA and NY….Universal Music team in SA…..Ultra Music team in NY and the William Morris Team in LA…..a BET Award comes to our our Land for the first time……This is a Great Honour…..We did not do this alone…Thank you for all your Votes…..Thank you for the Love. “
Wife and actress Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa was there by his side sporting a longsleeve gold embellished little number.
Fellow nominee and South African rapper AKA was also in attendance.
The Baddest hit-maker was twinning with partner Bonang Matheba in modern minimalism get-ups.
“Look, Black Coffee and me don’t really dig each other, but I respect him and his art. I acknowledge him for the pioneer he is,” AKA wrote on Twitter after losing out to Coffee.
“South Africa winning is all we should care about.”