Black Coffee receives backlash for performing in Israel

South African DJ Black Coffee (born Nkosinathi Maphumulo) has found himself at the centre of a political and social media storm after performing in Israel.

The DJ, who is currently touring the world, tweeted a video of the crowd at a performance in Tel Aviv over the weekend.

The tweet caused outrage, as many expected Black Coffee to have joined the cultural boycott against Israel.

While some artists have refused to perform in the country, citing its "apartheid"-like treatment of Palestine, others including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Ziggy Marley, Die Antwoord, Loyiso Bala, Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Jason Derulo, Jon Bon Jovi.Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Ziggy Marley, Die Antwoord, Loyiso Bala, Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Jason Derulo and Jon Bon Jovi have performed there.

Callers shared theirs views on what they thought about the DJ's performance, Glen said he is reminded of a video clip he saw of Nelson Mandela in the USA and was confronted with the question of why he was socialising with Gadafi and Fidel Castro at the time, and Madiba's response was: "Dont make the assumption that your enemy is my enemy. "

I think that globally as individuals we make the assumption that i am right and anyone else that disagrees with me is inherently then wrong , now that's not to say that the Palestine/Israel scenario is easy to explain but the question is what about the narrative against Black Coffee who turns around and says, hang on a second guys, with all due respect, i don't see it, the way you see it or i dont see it as a bigger issue, why are we taking it out on him?

Glen, caller

Another caller Benji said if you look at the studies, Israel is the only democracy in the middle east and a democracy is all about sharing culture and sharing views and that is exactly what Black Coffee has done in his role as a musician.

Different callers also weighed in on their views on the Black Coffee matter, listen below for more:


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