Black Coffee is the stage name of a South African DJ. His career started in the mid-1990s. However, he didn’t become prominent until the mid-2000s after participating in the Red Bull Music Academy. Since then, Black Coffee has released numerous albums, which have made him a well-known name in South Africa and beyond. For proof, look no further than how he has a Grammy For Best Dance/Electronic Album.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Black Coffee songs released so far:
10. “Ready For the World”
“Ready For the World” is the product of a team-up with Darque and Kaylow. The first is another DJ, while the second is a singer-songwriter. Regardless, “Ready For the World” is one of those titles that can leave people either impressed or disappointed. After all, it’s a bold statement, so much so that most songs can never live up to it. Fortunately, “Ready For the World” is smooth enough and inviting enough to live up to its title’s promise and more.
9. “We Dance Again”
Some songs are relaxing. Others are the exact opposite. The latter includes “We Dance Again,” a tenser piece of music than interested individuals might expect based on the name. That makes more sense when one realizes the song is about a troubled relationship that soldiers on because of mutual attraction. As such, the tension is as intended.
Juju refers to West African folk magic. However, it has long since spread beyond that context, as shown by how it has become a broader term for magic. Here, “Juju” sees the narrator attracted to a woman they meet on the dance floor. Zakes Bantwini provided the vocals for this Black Coffee song from 2009. It didn’t launch his career because he released his first album in 2008. Still, the collaboration happened early enough that it gave his career a noticeable boost.
7. “Wish You Were Here”
“Wish You Were Here” was released on Music Is King in 2018. It’s a moving song of longing for a loved one. Something made that much more special by the unusual but meaningful comparisons employed by the narrator. One example would be how they’re reminded of their loved one by grand ambitions, while another would be the life and spirit they see in the graffitied walls. Thanks to these comparisons, the narrator’s loved one came through as a more distinct individual than otherwise possible, thus making this song feel much more genuine.
It seems safe to say that the relationship described in “Buya” won’t end well. The narrator knows this. Despite that, they’re reluctant to let go. Amusingly, “Buya” captures that mood well because it hooks the listener through its mesmerizing sound.
5. “Come With Me”
This song sees the narrator inviting their loved one for a getaway. It was released in 2015. That means it benefited much from Black Coffee’s accumulated experience. Even so, “Come With Me” stands out because of how true it remained to its musical predecessors. In other words, it has polish, but not so much so that it has lost the substance beneath that polish.
4. “Afraid of the Dark”
It makes sense for people to fear the darkness. After all, our vision suffers when the lights are out, meaning we become less capable of keeping ourselves safe under these circumstances. Here, the darkness is metaphorical rather than literal. Those curious should know that “Afraid of the Dark” is a love song. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the narrator sees their loved one as the light in their life. Due to this, they’re terrified of the darkness because of what it would represent for their relationship.
Cars have often been used as a symbol of freedom. That makes sense because people can use them to cover vast geographical distances whenever they want. Thanks to this, car owners aren’t bound to a single place as tightly as their non-car-owning counterparts because they’re more capable of leaving. This song shares some of the same sentiments, though from a somewhat unusual angle. The narrator has suffered enormous heartache. Due to this, they want to free themselves from that pain by driving until they feel better. Sadly, there are reasons to think this won’t work as effectively for them as they would like.
The world is too vast for most people to bear it alone. As such, it’s easy to sympathize with anyone asking someone to stand by them in their times of need. It’s a show of vulnerability but extraordinarily human. Luckily, “Superman” isn’t a song of longing. Its narrator isn’t looking for someone to love them. Instead, they’re asking to confirm what they’re already coming to suspect. As such, it’s no exaggeration to say that “Superman” is one of the sweetest songs on this list. Something that has made it popular with many listeners for excellent reasons.
1. “Deep In the Bottom (of Africa)”
There’s no reason we have to associate north with up and south with down. However, we do so anyway much of the time. That means it shouldn’t be too challenging for interested individuals to figure out what Black Coffee and Monique Bingham are talking about when they mention a place at the bottom of Africa. This is particularly true when both artists come from South Africa, the country that takes up the southernmost portion of the continent. There’s more to “Deep In the Bottom (of Africa)” than mere geography, but this song undoubtedly touches upon the land and the people.
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