Koffee’s “Gifted” blends reggae roots of the past with present-day sounds

We Could All Use Koffee’s Optimism Right Now. By the time the final days of summer 2019 rolled around, every single DJ set at New York City day parties started to sound and look the same: The opening strains of Burna Boy’s “Ye” meant the whole room was ready to break out their best shaku-shaku (a Nigerian dance style); crowds belted out Megan the Stallion’s “Realer” with gusto; and performing Ding Dong’s “Fling Yuh Shoulder” (a Jamaican dance style) too hard resulted in back pains the morning after—trust me, I would know. But the party wasn’t complete until the heartbeat-like thumps of “Toast” by rising Jamaican singjay Koffee blared through the speakers forcing the crowd to yell, “Blessings all pon… Continue reading Koffee’s “Gifted” blends reggae roots of the past with present-day sounds

Audio: Koffee – Shine [Promised Land Recordings]

#Koffee #Shine #PromisedLandRecordings | Koffee – Shine [Promised Land Recordings] Koffee returns again with a new classic number titled “Shine”. Mikayla Simpson, better known as Koffee, is a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, rapper, deejay and guitarist from Spanish Town, Jamaica. Her 2019 EP Rapture won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, making Koffee the youngest person and only woman to be awarded in the Best Reggae Album category. Production was handled by JAE5, the British-Ghanaian record producer and mixing engineer from Plaistow, East London.

“It’s such a blessing”: Koffee on her debut album, Gifted

What’s strong, grounded and makes Usain Bolt run faster? Koffee’s next-gen take on reggae has already earned her a Grammy award. Now she’s preparing to release her debut album, Gifted. I first meet Koffee at Wizkid’s Kentish Town Forum show, a warm-up to the Nigerian superstar’s landmark three-night residency at London’s O2 arena last November. Wearing a head-to-toe pink tracksuit, with golden locs tied into a bun above her head, the 22-year-old sits a couple of rows behind me on the balcony, jumping up to her feet for Wiz’s biggest crowd-pleasers, Joro and Essence. Both in high spirits after the gig, I introduce myself at the aftershow and we grab a quick photo together. The following week, I’ll watch Koffee… Continue reading “It’s such a blessing”: Koffee on her debut album, Gifted

Video: Koffee – The Harder They Fall

#Koffee #TheHarderTheFall | Koffee – The Harder They Fall ►Follow Koffee FB: https://www.facebook.com/originalkoffee TW: https://twitter.com/originalkoffee   Lyrics: Hold up your lighter and come Flame inna de air, fire fi bun Holla from a top of a mountain and cry Tell em say my love will never die Where do we go? A long and winding road The louder they roar The harder that they fall   Send fi de man with him bible and gun, (see him deh) Badman no scarper or run Send fi de woman no fraid ah no man (see she deh) Bad gyal no scarper or run PAM PAM Lick a shot and every man wave your hand PAM PAM All of de woman jussa rise… Continue reading Video: Koffee – The Harder They Fall

The Women Essential To Reggae And Dancehall

In honor of Women’s History Month, GRAMMY.com highlights some of the foundational women who have shaped the sounds of reggae and dancehall as well as spotlights one artist who is taking one of the genres into the future When many people think of reggae, one name immediately comes to mind: Bob Marley. The legend is just one of many prominent men — including the late Bunny Wailer and Toots Hibbert — whose voice and production work get major credit for shaping the popular Jamaican genre as well as other sounds of the Caribbean. The reality is, women have built much of Jamaica’s musical scene. From the freedom sounds of ska to reggae’s conscious lyrics and grooving downbeat — which originated… Continue reading The Women Essential To Reggae And Dancehall

Audio: The Harder They Fall – Koffee

#TheHarderTheyFall #Koffee | The Harder They Fall – Koffee | 2021 American Western film directed by Jeymes Samuel The film stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, RJ Cyler, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, and Deon Cole. It is one of very few Westerns whose principal cast members are all African-American. Although a fictional film, its characters are based on real cowboys, lawmen and outlaws of the 19th-century American West.

The Harder They Fall Soundtrack

#TheHarderTheyFallSoundtrack | The Harder They Fall Soundtrack | 2021 American Western film directed by Jeymes Samuel The film stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, RJ Cyler, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, and Deon Cole. It is one of very few Westerns whose principal cast members are all African-American. Although a fictional film, its characters are based on real cowboys, lawmen and outlaws of the 19th-century American West.

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… Continue reading The Teenage Girl Leading Jamaica’s New Reggae Scene

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