Black Coffee on Sunday night beat stiff competition to become the first South African to win a BET award in the category, Best International Act. Black Coffee is a multi-award winning record producer and DJ best known for songs like Superman, Juju, Someday and many more. Black Coffee is one of the most touring acts from South Africa, always taking South African music to the ends of the world, he featured at this year’s Coachella Festival and played a magical Prince tribute set.
This was obviously the most contested BET Awards ever by African acts pitting Casper Nyovest against AKA, south Africa’s top rappers who are currently winning over the continent, the numbers don’t lie. The award was also a battle for supremacy in Africa ,South Africa was represented by 3 acts; Casper Nyovest, Black Coffee and AKA while Nigeria had Yemi Alade and Wizkid. East Africa also turned up the heat, ably represented by Bongo sensation Diamond. Also represented were Ghana and Cote D’ ivoire by MzVee and Serge Baynaud respectively.
Black Coffee’s win has however sparked a lot of controversy and attracted criticism from many quarters. There’s a ‘widely’ held belief that Wizkid deserved or did win the award but was denied the win because of his bad blood with BET. Wizkid made it clear last year that he will never go for a BET Award where he will be awarded backstage, away from the live audience as the media network does to the recipients of its African award. Wizkid just like Ghanaian Fuse ODG boycotted the awards last year telling the network to stop disrespecting Africans.
Wizkid has in the past one year elevated his music to the global stage, his hit ‘Ojuelegba’ was a global sensation even before Drake and Skepta jumped on it. The song received love from Alicia Keys, Kylie Jenner, Swizz Beatz and was listed on Fader as 15th Best song of 2015. You can’t possibly deny his involvement in the recent interest in African music.
To add to that, this year Wizkid co-wrote, co-produced and featured on the hottest song of this summer, One Dance by Drake. The song has been the longest running number one single in the UK’s digital music history, as well as the longest running number one single this year on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016.
This sure looks like a weighty matter and it will be interesting to see what he has to say about the Black Coffee’s historic win