The Teenage Girl Leading Jamaica’s New Reggae Scene

Since her tribute to the track star Usain Bolt went viral, Koffee has shown she has staying power.

Soon after, Bolt saw the video and reposted it to his own account, where it has since been viewed nearly 300,000 times by his several million followers. In the year and a half since recording that first video, Simpson, who sings under the stage name Koffee (sometimes Original Koffee), has been wholeheartedly embraced by some of Jamaica’s most famous musicians—and by their fan bases. At the January 2018 edition of the annual reggae festival Rebel Salute, the veteran artist Cocoa Tea introduced Koffee to a massive audience one month before her 18th birthday.

Now 19, the DJ and singer-songwriter—or “singjay,” in island parlance—has already performed alongside contemporary icons such as Chronixx and Protoje.

Buju is back

Buju Banton is back

Grammy award- winning reggae and dancehall artiste Buju Banton has been confirmed for this year’s Summerjam Festival, held annually in Cologne, Germany. Buju will headline the Red Stage on Saturday, July 6. This is the first European show announced for Buju’s highly anticipated Long Walk to Freedom Tour.

Hailed as one of the biggest reggae, dancehall, and hip-hop festivals in Europe, Summerjam has been held for over 34 years, showcasing appearances from international music stars from all over the world. Past Summerjam stages have carried some local legends, including Buju. It was one decade ago that the Gargamel appeared there, alongside reggae acts Bunny Wailer, UB40, Anthony B, Sly & Robbie, Junior Kelly, Bitty McLean, U-Roy, Glen Washington, Pablo Moses, Horace Andy, and Freddie McGregor.

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