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A New Koffee is Brewing in Jamaica

Jamaica is known worldwide for its unique blend of Blue Mountain coffee, but in recent times, the power of the modern Reggae Revolution has new talents brewing within the island’s entertainment sphere. The most recent of this is a self- proclaimed “tiny powerhouse”.  Her name – Koffee; her style – ragamuffin, translated to mean a rebellious and marginalized individual from the least favourable location.

Meet Koffee

At just 19 years old, Koffee – whose real name is Mikayla Simpson – has made a name for herself being the youngest Jamaican Reggae artiste to Top Billboard’s “Top 100” Chart. Inspired by the true roots of Reggae, the young musician explores social issues within the island life of the beautiful island of Jamaica, while spreading positive energy through her music. Her unique blend of beats and lyrics has led to her being called the Sister Nancy for Generation Z.

Born in Spanish Town, just outside of Kingston, Jamaica, Koffee was raised by her mother; her father having left for New York when Koffee was an infant. Koffee – who got her name after ordering a coffee on a boiling hot day while everyone else opted for cold beverages – began her musical life as a child in the church choir. It was there she learnt about melody and harmony and at the age of 12, Koffee taught herself how to play the guitar lent by a friend.  She began writing lyrics in her bedroom after being inspired by the reggae singer Protoje and in 2016, she accidentally auditioned for her school talent show – and won.

Photo by: Nicki Kane

Koffee first caught the attention of Reggae fans worldwide after sharing an acoustic tribute to Usain Bolt titled “Legend” on YouTube in 2016. In this tune, she expressed her overwhelming sense of pride for her home country, Jamaica and the world record-breaking sprinter – leading to the song going viral on Instagram. Instantly, she became a musical sensation worth watching, as she garnered a loyal 190k-strong legion of followers. 

Having release only 5 singles, Koffee has already performed with international and Grammy- nominated Reggae artistes such as Chronixx and Protoje.

The New Queen Of Reggae

Since her debut, Koffee has been celebrated as the new Queen of Reggae Revival by The Guardian, GQ Magazine, BBC Radio 1Xtra among others. Her 2018 single “Toast” has over 27 million views on YouTube and was recently featured in Jordan Peele’s American horror film, “Us”.

Most recently, Koffee won three International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) — Best Female Vocalist, Best New Entertainer, and Best Teen Entertainer — held at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston, Jamaica.

Some of Koffee’s other notable singles include: Rapture, Burning, Throne, Raggamuffin, BLAZIN.

Check out more about Jamaica’s new rising star below: 

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Listen to/download the ‘Rapture’ EP here: