This year's Grammy Awards nominations have been announced, with a wealth of electronic talent featured.
A platform for African dance and electronic music has been launched by Apple Music.
The new platform, which has been named Isgubhu — the Zulu word for ‘beat’ — features South African DJ/producer Black Coffee as its first cover star, and will shine a light on subgenres like amapiano, gqom, kwaito and Shangaan electro.
Black Coffee has announced that he will play a series of exclusive shows on a new virtual reality platform launching in 2021.
Multi-user VR platform Sensorium Galaxy will house PRISM, the project’s destination for virtual music events. Equipped with triple-A graphics and deep AI-powered special effects, PRISM allows fans to interact with performances in hyper-realistic ways - such as by experiencing shows through Black Coffee’s own eyes.
Black Coffee has announced a new album and shared a new single.
South African DJ and producer Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, has shared details of his forthcoming LP, alongside a brand new single featuring Pharrell Williams and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Jozzy.
Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) has shared its full archive ahead of its official closure.
As was announced back in April, both RBMA and Red Bull Radio will shut down on Thursday 31st October as a result of the energy drink giant's contract with music consultancy Yadastar coming to an end.
Black Coffee guested on an episode of US TV programme The Daily Show earlier this week, presented by fellow South African Trevor Noah.
During the interview, which you can watch highlights of below, the DJ and producer, real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, told viewers that he wants to be part of a wave of people that will "change the narrative about [Africa]". Referring to the school and neighbourhood that he plans to build to help disadvantaged people, Maphumulo told Noah that he wanted to work against the perception of Africa as a continent by some as an "inferior place".
Croatia's Sonus Festival has added a bunch of DJs to the line-up for its 2019 edition next month.
Completing the bill for this year's event are Black Coffee, The Martinez Brothers, Luciano, Fur Coat and Reinier Zonneveld (who will play live). They join a huge line-up that already includes Charlotte de Witte, Ricardo Villalobos, Pan-Pot, Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin, Sonja Moonear and lots more.
It’s just gone midnight and in a Kuala Lumpur basement, a heaving, sweaty crowd are watching a DJ bang out techno in near-darkness. It’s easy to forget that above our heads is the five-star Mandarin Oriental, where the vibe is somewhat different: a three-piece jazz band is playing to sedate guests in the foyer.
He points out the painstaking work that went into constructing the space: the club’s wooden cladding was stripped from tugboats Pereira found in a west coast port town, while the concrete DJ booth was built to withstand “the force of a tank,” he says. He blew half the budget on the club’s soundsystem, a bespoke Tri Motion fitting by Void. After having a go on it, Seth Troxler said, “It may be the best soundsystem in the world”.
A recent ban on outdoor festivals in the city has also aided the clubbing scene, allowing for healthy competition between the partying spaces that KL has to offer. These include superclub Zouk, magical enclave Iron Fairies, that’s part bar, part urban wonderland, and the musically-minded W Hotel, which has just opened its doors. Horeanga explains that, “there are nights when partygoers visit three to four locations, in an attempt to learn, expose themselves to a new and varied music dynamic, and harness their discerning taste for it”.
“It was just champagne, champagne, champagne, sparklers, sparklers, sparklers,” he says. “The dancefloor kind of disappeared — it was all about lounges. When we opened up, it took a while for people to respond to a dancefloor. And then eventually — it only takes one or two ice breakers…”
With Kyo - in full swing and now looking to expand to other territories around the world, Pereira’s outlook is radically different from the tentative beginnings that the club had.
Tomorrowland has finalised their headliners for 2019, locking Amelie Lens, David Guetta, Richie Hawtin and more to join the bill.
Elsewhere Alesso, Loco Dice, Black Coffee and Solardo also join the line-up. You can see the full announcement below.
Tomorrowland takes place at De Schorre park in the city of Boom and spans two weekends in July. The first runs from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July while weekend two takes place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th.
For the past couple of years DJ Mag has used Top 100 DJs data to calculate and reflect the international popularity of DJs from the house and techno scenes.
With the continuing dominance of EDM, these genres have been on the periphery of the global poll in recent years, despite commanding huge audiences worldwide.
What can you say about Carl Cox? A titan of the worldwide electronic music scene, he’s a global ambassador whose effervescence and joie de vivre behind the decks is absolutely infectious.
This artist from Durban, South Africa, has become the country’s most globally celebrated electronic musician, playing to capacity crowds at enormous stadiums, DJing everywhere from underground institutions such as Panorama Bar in Berlin to gigantic festivals like Ultra in Miami, and working with R&B megastars Drake and Alicia Keys.
Steve Lawler is a true stalwart of the UK club scene. In what is approaching three decades of dedication, the Birmingham-born DJ/producer has done it all – from early days of throwing infamous raves under the M42 to being crowned the ‘King of Space’ during his nine-year residency at the legendary Ibiza club.