Bitter with Black Coffee
DJ Black Coffee became the first South African artist to win a BET Award in Los Angeles – and it appeared not to go down well with AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes.
The rapper snubbed Black Coffee when all the nominees were called on stage for a photo opportunity after the awards ceremony. Nigerian artists Yemi Alade and Wizkid also didn’t go up on stage. Organisers were overheard questioning why AKA didn’t want to go on stage. After the event, as the other nominees headed to press interviews, AKA disappeared and minutes later was spotted in the JW Marriott Hotel lobby where he and girlfriend Bonang Matheba shared a room on the 14th floor.
AKA tweeted: “As long as a South African artist wins this award.That’s fine by me. “Regardless of how much my people belittle me.I will still rock that SA flag with pride on stage tonight. Always and forever.” Later he added: “Look Black Coffee and me don’t dig each other but I respect him and his art. I acknowledge him for the pioneer he is.”
On Saturday, Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, made history when be collected a gong for “best international act: Africa”. Dressed in an emerald green suit with black sneakers, Maphumulo, accompanied by his wife Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa, took to the stage to thank his fans while also congratulating fellow nominee Cassper Nyovest. “For every kid in Africa that thinks they cannot stand here. In the words of Lupita Nyong’o every dream is valid,” he said.
His achievement was praised by Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, who tweeted: “Congratulations for the win and thank you for hoisting our flag high.” The event, held at the Microsoft Theatre, was hosted by the US’s Next Top Model winner Eva Marcille and Nigerian-US Classic Man crooner Jidenna.
It also saw Nigerian artist Falz being awarded the “viewers choice” award, beating local rapper Emtee. Black Eyed Peas frontman Will I Am presented Senegalese-American musician Akon with the “global good” award.