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14 WEEKLY | 01.11.18 C O V E R S T O RY ike a lot of musicians, Nkosinathi Maphumulo dreams of a big Vegas show. In it, he's playing his music—"house music with a lot of soul, color and texture"—along with a 24-piece orchestra, a massive concert that transcends the perceptions of electronic dance music here or anywhere else. But Maphumulo, better known as Black Coffee, has played this show before. It's not just a dream. He did it a few years ago at Moses Mabhida Stadium in his native Durban, South Africa, one of the high points of a career that has seen the 41-year-old DJ and pro- ducer emerge as one of the most prominent musical voices in his country. Another big highlight came last week when Wynn Nightlife announced that Black Coffee has joined its resident roster for 2018 and will perform four or more shows at XS, Intrigue and Encore Beach Club this year. He's hoping the new partnership will grow into other new opportunities, maybe even that dream show with an orchestra in Las Vegas. "It is one of the most exciting things to happen to me as far as my career is concerned," he says. "I think almost every DJ today would love to end up getting a residency like this, with this kind of exposure in that part of the world. And it's so exciting because I very much consider myself to be in a different space musi- cally. I've always seen my music as the type that will never be mainstream." That's the most exciting part. Black Coffee's music—and the music played by a couple of his fellow new Wynn residents, Jamie Jones and Solomun— could be described as house or techno, but whatever you call it, you have to acknowledge that it's quite different from the mainstream EDM and hip-hop sounds that dominate today's Las Vegas clubscape. This trio of artists is far better known in Ibiza, where dance music remains house-centric, constructed around repetitive beats and deep-groove basslines influenced by funk, disco, soul and jazz. It's not a new sound for Vegas clubs, but major casino venues haven't committed to it this way in recent years. B y B r o c k r a d k e

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