The first song Koffee wrote was a tribute to Usain Bolt: “If the times get slower and yuh start get old, mi still remember yuh story”, she sang in Legend, which turned into something of a viral sensation. Considering the subject choice it shouldn’t perhaps come as a surprise that her career since then has moved as quick as lightning. Not only is the nineteen-year-old one of the brightest stars in Jamaica today, she also has got an international fan base that is growing fast – and hardly slowed down by her appearance on the remix of the Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber collaboration I Don’t Care. Alongside artists and role models such as Chronixx and Protoje (she’s toured with both), Koffee is now one of the leaders of the current roots-reggae movement.
She grew up as Mikayla Simpson in Spanish Town about an hour outside of Kingston. In the home her mother played a lot of old school soul music such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin as well as Jamaican reggae giants like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. Koffee’s music is irresistible, energetic and features razor sharp lyrics. In the title track of her debut EP Rapture, released earlier this year, she says: ”Koffee come in like a rapture” – a statement impossible to question for someone who’s seen Koffee perform on stage.
Koffee will play at Way Out West on Saturday August 15.