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Black Coffee: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert



The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Abby O’Neill | March 11, 2021
Black Coffee, a figurehead of the global South African dance movement, is known for his undeniable DJ sets and AfroHouse anthems that (under normal circumstances) light up dancefloors around the world. He brings that same feeling to his Tiny Desk (home) concert, but with a unique configuration: live instrumentation.

Born in Durban and raised in the Eastern Cape in Mthatha, Black Coffee’s subculture of soulful house transports me to an elevated state. If you ask me, this is the pure embodiment of feel-good music. That shouldn’t be a surprise, because house music has always been about love. It’s a form of sonic escapism that provides a sanctuary for all beings, regardless of race, age, or gender. Therefore, it’s only fitting that Black Coffee rocks a tee embossed with “I Heart You” across his chest.

Shot in the auditorium at the National School of Arts in Johannesburg, Black Coffee tapped students to assist with production as part of their internship. Kicking off the set is “You Rock My World” featuring Soulstar, a classic dance joint from his Africa Rising album whose convergence of pulsating percussion, a calming melody, and the sultry vibes of Soulstar’s voice feels like a spiritual palette cleanser. He follows that up with “Flava” and “Wish You Were Here,” two tracks from his new LP, Subconsciously, whose litany of special guests — including Diplo and Pharrell — is a coronation of Black Coffee’s meteoric rise.

SET LIST
“You Rock My World” (feat. Soulstar)
“Flava” (feat. Una Rams and Tellaman)
“Wish You Were Here” (feat. Msaki)

MUSICIANS
Black Coffee: DJ
Soulstar: vocals
Una Rams – vocals
Tellaman – vocals
Msaki – vocals
Pansula: percussion
Nduduzo: keys
Godfrey Mntambo: saxophonist
Musa Nhlapho: vocals
Sandisiwe Sishuba: vocals
Bonokuhle Nkala-Mtsweni: vocals

CREDITS
Video: Julian von Plato, Yolanda Hlakula, Siphe Maphumulo, Lindo Langa Aden McCarthy, Mark Wilson, Bevan Godden, Sims Phakisi, Nick Vetter, DIGMU
Audio: Steven Grenfell, Icons Shop, Wild & Marr, Julian von Plato
Lighting Technicians: Trisdan Evans, Khaya Radebe
Runners: Dylan von Plato, Stephen Shrimpton, Langa Gumbi

TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Abby O’Neill
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

#blackcoffee #tinydesk #nprmusic #afrobeats #housemusic

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  1. An experience meant to enjoy.

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  2. I've loved Black coffee since the 1st day I heard "superman" A true example of a blessing. May God continue blessing U.💕

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  3. Absolutely beautiful performance. We need more of this beautiful musical vibes in the world.

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  4. Jazz. Old Skool House. Afro-Cuban/Caribbean. Spoken Word. R&B. Dance/Techno. AWESOME.

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  5. The seco d song is a beautiful dream… Singers, quality, elegance, mr. Coffee… A magical concert.

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  6. This is so crazy, if you listen the Black Coffee discography, you will notice that this songs actually exists in electronic version, so… what they did in this presentation has no preceding, mixing live music with DJ set with that greatness

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  7. Black coffee and burna . Please let’s make it happen.

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  8. This feels like a Moses Mabhida Show!! The tiny desk just turned big with this performance! As'bonge😋

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  9. 2022 here we go .

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  10. This makes my soul happy. Reminds me of the Dj sets at es Oro Gallerie that used to be in Jersey City n Osunlade Delano sets!

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  11. 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

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  12. Next level 💕

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  13. Perfection!

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  14. Percussion is 🔥

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  15. I just heard of Black Coffee in 2018 when l saw the video of him and Bucie performing Superman and to this day its still one of the Best live performance l ever seen. I now live in Lesotho where l was born in South Africa after 45 yrs in US and hope to catch him live soon as South Africa is his home country

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  16. 🖤

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  17. Sounds good.

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  18. ♥️♥️♥️

    Such a beautiful set. Thank you Black Coffee and NPR.

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  19. 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 Home grown Grammy award winning Legend!

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  20. Best dj set I’ve ever seen. Ibiza 6 hours..

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  21. that sax player is killing the game! IMPRESSIVE!!! Y'all better werk! Tt

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  22. wooa 😮💯🔥

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  23. Klass ❤️👍❤️. Klass

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  24. Unique and one of kind ! Beautiful

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  25. Solo siento que la iluminación no fue la adecuada por parte de NPR… Black coffee dando cátedra de DJ uno de los mejores!

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  26. Wish You Were Here – man oh man

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  27. S/o to the creators of house music. The elder Black people of Detroit Chicago New York

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  28. that moment at 6:30 uffff wild haha

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  29. 14:54 The brilliance of Black Coffee, bringing all these live elements together.

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  30. Absolutely amazing music❤

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  31. The South African legend himself, absolutely goated 🐐🐐

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  32. Dear NPR, please give Msaki a Tiny Desk concert. The world needs to know who she is!

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  33. Класс ❤️👍 балдею 🎵🎶❤️👍 black coffee forever 👍❤️

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  34. Lol mixed race CDJs😂😂😂

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  35. I wish i vould see you live😻you are Wonderfull great ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  36. Fire fire fire

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  37. Black Cofee simplemente un maestro…y qué mejor que junto a unos capos en los instrumentos?…infinitas gracias

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  38. 13:25 wish you were here

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  39. Vibes!!!!!!!!!!😍😍😍😍💃💃💃💃

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  40. Wow

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  41. Does he perform with a band? If so ima go watch thaat! Amaxingg

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  42. 7:19 whi feel this moment?

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  43. Msaki made two appearances on Tiny Desk!!!!!!!!!!

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  44. Loving the journey

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  45. The disciplines to win. Self realization starts with knowing GOD acknowledges every gift. LIVING AAMD LOVING skillful and talented. Entertainers. BLESSINGS honor and glory.

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  46. i love it

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  47. Black coffee without milk never disappoint

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