Reggae has long been among the world’s most consistent genres, but the arrival of this new energy in the form of a young woman called Koffee is beyond welcome.
19-year-old Mikayla Simpson, who earned her caffeinated stage name because she sipped coffee on a hot day when her colleagues preferred soda, is making waves in and outside of Jamaica with her unorthodox approach to reggae.
Her mission is to preserve Jamaica’s roots and culture in music and to empower the youth of her generation through her own creativity and artistry.
The young singer debuted with the single “Burning” (a tribute to sprinter Usain Bolt), and then came “Toast” in 2018, which really propelled Koffee into global fame. The song is a funky dancehall, reggae and hip-hop infusion that will have you shaking what your mama gave ya’. The following single, “Throne”, shares its DNA: it’s dense, ballooning flows and curly melodies, and it’s representative of strong, positive female energy and empowerment. All tracks are off her upcoming EP Rapture which will be out soon.
Although small in stature and disarmingly unassuming, Koffee’s modesty belies huge amounts of talent. The 152 cm, self-described ‘sing-jay-guitarist’ is one of the most exciting, forward-thinking, globally-focused teenage talents to emerge this year.
Catch Koffee and her backing band The Raggamuffins Band at Roskilde Festival 2019. You decide whether you are drinking coffee or soda for this.