ONE of the world’s No1 house music chef, DJ Black Coffee, is preparing some of his coffee flavours with ingredients he allegedly stole from kwaito king Arthur Mafokate’s kitchen.
Coffee, as he is known in music circles, has poached Afro-soul songbird Thiwe from Mafokate’s 999 Music and signed her to his stable, Soulistic Music.
Soulistic Music label manager Amaru da Costa confirms that Thiwe was signed to their stable, but asked Sunday World to e-mail him questions.
“I have forwarded your e-mail to Soulistic Music’s business affairs for review and response, as they deal with all contractual queries,” he said. But he had not responded at the time of going to press.
According to information received, Thiwe signed a three-year contract with 999 Music in 2008 and released one album titled Who Am I? The album featured the song Crazy, which Coffee had remixed.
She was supposed to have released two more albums with 999 but disappeared like a fart in a perfume factory following the release of her debut album.
Mafokate says all this took him by surprise: “Some DJs accused me of stealing her song Crazy after seeing it on Arthur Jnr’s album. When I asked them how I could steal the song that I own publishing rights to, they said because Thiwe was signed to Black Coffee’s stable.”
“[Thiwe] is still my artist and I still want royalties for the song Crazy from Black Coffee because he didn’t ask permission from us to feature it on his album” he says.
Sunday World learnt that the dispute between the two is so bad that Coffee even tweeted, among other things, that he respects Mafokate but does not fear him.
“I have seen the tweet but I will not comment, out of respect for him,” Mafokate says.