Gratitude really is a must for 19-year-old Mikayla Simpson, also known as Koffee. The rising reggae star snagged the Grammy award for “Best Reggae Album” for her “Rapture” EP at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The teen sensation won the Best Reggae Album category of the Grammy Awards on January 26 with Rapture, making her the youngest reggae act and also the first female artist to win the Grammy for “Best Reggae Album”.
Rapture spent an impressive 32 weeks on Billboard’s Reggae albums chart after debuting at number one. The EP’s lead single “Toast” was arguably the biggest reggae single of 2019, receiving worldwide airplay and being featured by many international celebrities, including former US President, Barack Obama.
The young Spanish Town native was nominated among Julian Marley with “As I Am”, Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics with “The Final Battle” and “More Work To Be Done” by Third World, which was produced by Damian Marley.
“Toast was released the following year and took off in the United States and the United Kingdom. It earned Koffee coverage in major publications such as Billboard and The Guardian, and the admiration of high-profile personalities like Barack Obama and Rihanna.
Koffee is from Spanish Town, a working-class area that was Jamaica’s first capital. It has produced a number of top artists including Chronixx, leader of the country’s neo-roots-reggae movement.
Koffee will perform at the Super Bowl at the Viewtopia Music Festival, during Superbowl weekend, from January 31 to February 1 at Marlins Park, Miami. In April, she will also perform at Coachella for the first time.
Sources: Caribbean National Weekl/SCFLN.com
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