American musician, Usher Raymond’s interpretation of Africa differed to South African Dj, Black Coffee.
In a Metro FM radio interview, Black Coffee explained how he was excited to represent Africa when he was approached by Usher’s management for a potential collaboration.
“While I was in New York, I met up with Usher’s manager. Obviously, he’s like, let’s work. We love the African vibe…” Black Coffee explained.
Coffee told the radio hosts that Usher’s manager gave the phone to Usher. Excited about the potential collaboration, the Dj replied and said, “I’m ready, I’m ready. I have a song actually. I’ll send it to you.”
The Dj said that he sent the song as promised but the following day the manager called and said, “No, [Usher] thinks the song is a bit too modern, he wanted something ‘African’ and I was like well, maybe not.” Black Coffee explained.
“I don’t know what Africa is to him but Africa to me is something different. We not in the jungle right now. You know Africa is different. Africa is a totally different place. For other people, they still wanna hear the bongo and the congas on music, and I am cool to do that but only if it fits,” he said.
Usher’s failed collaboration comes after successful collaborations between Black Coffee and American artists, Alicia Keys. This also includes a recent collaboration with Drake, which made it to Beyonce’s anniversary playlist titled Get It Together, at number 14 on her Tidal playlist.
There were rumors of a potential collaboration with P.Diddy after Coffe was spotted chilling with the Dj.