On Friday, October 20th, Toronto club Maison Mercer opened its doors to the one and only Black Coffee. Tucked away beneath King St, waves of fans lined up down the block and filed into the dance floor until it was packed to the brim, all to see the South African maestro deliver a jaw-dropping performance.
Warming up the room were some of Toronto’s finest. Sam Haze and Night Vision threw down a fantastic back to back, while Umi and Kevin Faria conducted equally impressive solo sets. As the crowds filtered through the doors, their bodies moving to the deep and groovy sounds curated by our locals, many of them representing Black Coffee’s roots with traditional South African attire, it was evident that we were in for something special.
Widely recognized by his smooth, eclectic take on Afro-house, Black Coffee’s set was anything but predictable. Over the course of the evening, he seamlessly wove together house, techno and everything in between, with elements of the Black Coffee flair that everyone knows and loves. The venue remained packed solid until far past 4 am – it was simply too hard to be pulled away. To be able to control a room for this long is no easy feat – but one he pulled off effortlessly.
The DJ has recently opened up about a facet of his persona that many can see, but know nothing about – an accident that left his left arm paralyzed, leaving him to spin using only his right hand. A disability he once resented, but now embraces with confidence – and one that definitely does not hinder his performance from what we can tell, as this was one for the Toronto books.
A follow up to April’s massive success with Solomun, also held at Maison Mercer, the event was put on my Toronto outfit deep. If these two events are indicative of what this group is capable of pulling off – we can’t wait to see what they have in store for the next party.