JOHANNESBURG – DJ Black Coffee says he is relieved at the response he has received since the announcement of this year’s Block Party line up, with tickets selling at triple the amount compared to last year.
Probably one of the most anticipated events for December, the year-end party will host nearly 20, 000 people with 16 South African hip-hop and house artists set to perform at the FNB Stadium Outer Fields next weekend.
Speaking on the planning around the spectacle, Black Coffee says: “I was worried about the venue being out of town because we did the last one in the city, but it’s really exciting to see that tickets are doing so well. Yes it has my name on it but we want to give a platform to the best artists at the moment. It must represent the South African music industry”
Some of the artists include Goldfish, Micasa, Cassper Nyovest, Ricky Rick, and Nasty C, house legends Oskido, DJ Tira and Glen Lewis.
The DJ, who was once critical of the state of hip-hop in SA, has praised the current crop of artists on the scene.
“It was more the approach that I was speaking on. There was a point where the industry just had a few artist and when you have a few artists they sort of determine or lead the road. Now you have more, and it could go anywhere, which is the best thing.”
He adds: “You have Nasty C who just came out and blew everyone’s minds away. He is doing his own thing and doesn’t sound like anyone else locally. Now the scene is much more competitive, everyone is doing their own thing and it’s moving forward. Like house, it has so many different styles and everyone is strong in their own way.”
His EP The Journey Continues will be released in less than two weeks.
Speaking on what more to expect from the EP, the DJ says there will be new music from artists signed under his record label Soulistic Music.
“I did a remix of Monique Bingham’s Deep in The Bottom song, definitely going to perform that one. But it’s not just my EP, we are releasing music from Soulistic Music. We have the new Soulstar coming out, Da Capo. So there is going to be a lot of new music from the record label, not just me alone.”