Black Coffee Makes History as First South African to Win BET Award

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DJ Black Coffee (R) and Mbali Mlotshwa attend the Make A Wish VIP Experience at the 2016 BET Awards on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles.

The South African DJ Black Coffee (Nkosinathi Maphumulo) was recognized by BET in the best international act Africa category at Sunday's BET Awards. The only electronic musician in the category, he beat out two South African competitors, Cassper Nyovest and AKA, along with nominees from across the continent: Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Serge Beynaud (Côte d’Ivoire), MzVee (Ghana) and Wizkid (Nigeria).

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This is the first time that a South African has taken home the award, and Black Coffee celebrated the success on Instagram. "For the past 4/5 years I have been doing tours outside my country," the producer wrote. "In the last two years even relocat[ed] 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 grateful to my lady @enhlembali_ and my kids for allowing me to chase my dreams unconditionally... a BET Award comes to our our Land for the first time...This is a Great Honor." "We did not do this alone," he added. "Thank you for all your Votes.....Thank you for the Love."

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South African politicians -- including President Zuma -- praised Black Coffee's achievement, Channel 24 reports."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," Zuma noted in a statement. "Our nation is immensely proud of him and this achievement in particular. We congratulate him most heartily."