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Black Coffee Wins Best Dance/Electronic Album at 2022 Grammys

BY 05.04.22

Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, popularly known as Black Coffee made South Africa proud once more with winning a Grammy Award at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony organised by the United States National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. The awards are designed to recognise spectacular work in the music industry.

Black Coffee won his first-ever Grammy award, earned in the best dance/electronic album category, with his 2021 LP, Subconsciously. The win marks the first time a South African producer has won or been nominated in this category. Accepting the award Coffee said “I want to thank God for the gift of music and being able to share it with the world and heal some souls.”

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