“An inspiration.” “A visionary.” “A legend.”
These are just some of the compliments the electronic music community has bestowed on the late Virgil Abloh after his tragic death on November 28. The renowned fashion designer, architect and DJ died at the age of 41 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Now iconic South African dance music producer and 2022 Grammy nominee Black Coffee has been leading the way in his own special tribute to his late friend and collaborator: a brand new DJ mix called For my dear friend V.
For my dear friend V brings together 13 unique house and techno tracks from various African artists, including Sun-El Musician’s mesmerizing “Emazulwini” and Karyendasoul’s suspense-filled “The Warrior’s Prayer”. It also features a beautifully layered techno version of The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition”, by Safar and neverwaves, as well as “Don’t Take It Personal”, one of Jimi Jules’ latest releases.
“This set encompasses the different energies and emotions that 2021 has not left behind and will honor you forever,” Black Coffee wrote on social media.
The pair had a long history of performing mesmerizing B2B sets around the world, and their band went way beyond music. In 2018, Black Coffee commissioned Abloh to design the art school he built in Johannesburg. Then, in 2019, Abloh’s streetwear brand, Off-White, released a capsule collection famously inspired by Black Coffee’s South African heritage.
“I think music is natural, we believe it can save the world. It makes people happy. It brings people together,” Abloh said in a video interview shared by Black Coffee on Instagram. “They have no prejudices. They shake hands. They let someone pass in front of them.”
“We didn’t do everything we set out to do, but you alone have selflessly done enough to inspire generations and generations to come,” Black Coffee wrote in the mix’s dedication. “Even though you are physically gone, your passion, love and light will shine through forever. I and many others will carry this spirit in everything we do.”
You can now stream For my dear friend V on Spotify, Apple Music or on the Black Coffee website here.
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