Holly Rey Black Coffee

House musician Holly Rey and DJ Black Coffee.

Soul sister Holly Rey leaves DJ Black Coffee’s stable amid GBV claims

Afro-electro house artist and songwriter Holly Rey has stepped away from DJ Black Coffee’s Soulistic Music label.

Holly Rey Black Coffee

House musician Holly Rey and DJ Black Coffee.

Award-winning singer Holly Rey has left DJ Black Coffee’s record label, Soulistic Music, following alleged gender-based violence (GBV) allegations by the world-renowned DJ’s estranged wife, Enhle Mbali.

A Sunday World article stated that Holly Rey, whose real name is Holly Wasserfall, also said that her decision to part ways with Black Coffee’s record label has also partly been influenced by her desire to  pave her independent music career path under her label, Rey Music.

Holly Rey set to follow independent music path

The Spend My Time hitmaker, who has been hailed as the next Tamara Dey and has been with Soulistic Music for less than a year, said she wants to grow independently and wants to avoid the negative press associated with the GBV claims.

She told Sunday World

“I left the record label earlier this year because I realised there was much more I can do as an independent artist, and then the scandal came through. I loved working at Soulistic Music, but with everything that is happening, I think it is best that I work on myself my own way.”

Better ‘business sense’ to distance from Black Coffee

The Sama award-winning musician said her move makes better business sense and she’s glad that she was able to release her single successfully and also promised her fans an EP later this year.

The Durban artist didn’t change her mind about leaving, even after DJ Black Coffee was found not guilty at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court for allegedly assaulting his estranged wife on her birthday in their Sandton home this year.

Other musicians who are signed with Soulistic Music label, include Zakes Bantwini, Culoe De Song and DJ Thakzin.

Who is Holly Rey?

Apart from joining Black Coffee’s famous label, Holly Rey shot to fame as the first woman in 20 years to bag the 2019 Record of the Year Award at the SA Music Awards (Samas) after Brenda Fassie.

Holly Rey also shared the limelight with President Cyril Ramaphosa when she was caught “vosho-ing” on stage with him in 2019.

Black Coffee vs Enhle

DJ Black Coffee and the actress, Enhle Mbali were recently trending when Mbali suggested that the award-winning DJ intentionally didn’t pay their electricity bill which led to their electricity being cut off at her home.

The Rockville actress shocked her followers when she posted a picture of herself in the dark with a candle on her Instagram story with the caption: “We gonna shame the devil and enjoy the darkness. Me and my boys.”

ALSO READ: ‘Pay your bills, I’ve been giving you R65k!’ – Black Coffee slams Enhle