Koffee brewing up a storm

Observer writer

Friday, January 18, 2019

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Singjay Koffee is gearing up for Rebel Salute tonight. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer's Splash, the 18-year-old artiste said she is excited about sharing the stage with other well-known acts. However, there are some jitters.

“Well to be honest, I'm a little nervous. However, I've been preparing, so not so much. I'm definitely looking forward to it,” she said.

Koffee (given name Mikayla Simpson) explained that prior to being booked for the event, she did not envision being a featured act on one of reggae's biggest shows.

“No, I did not expect to be on Rebel Salute. Especially not like this,” she admitted.

Since her debut in 2017, Koffee has recorded several hit songs, the most recent being Throne. Other popular songs include Burning, Raggamuffin and Toast.

She said her inspiration for Toast are the opportunities she has received as an artiste. Being thankful is an ingredient for success.

“What inspired me to write Toast is literally gratitude. I was in Haiti and mi did jus' a hold a medz and mi a seh, 'I'm looking at the journey so far, looking at the things that have happened — highlighting them, giving thanks',” Koffee reflected.

Although she has managed to cop collaborations with artistes like Chronixx, Koffee added that her determination and hard work have helped her in a male-dominated industry.

“Basically what I've been doing is putting in the work; going to studio, recording songs and releasing them. That's how I've managed to stay afloat in the industry,” she said.

Koffee is one of dancehall's hot properties. She was named in BBC 1-Xtra's list of 'Hot for 2019 Artistes' and signed to Columbia Records UK in 2018.

Originally from Spanish Town, her music career began at Ardenne High School where she was discovered by a teacher, Cannijia Palmer.

Koffee is banking on returning to the classroom soon to study music.

“I plan to go back to school, I do music so I'll probably study music. However, I don't plan to 'finish' in the typical sense,” she explained.

Other acts billed for the January 18-19 show in Priory, St Ann are Ugandan Bobi Wine, Nigerian Patoranking Michael Rose, The Wailers, The Wailing Souls, Dawn Penn, Wayne Marshall, Marcia Aitken, Anthony Malvo, Wayne Wonder, Stephen “Cat” Coore, Luciano, Perfect Giddimani, Capleton, Leroy Gibbons, Terri Ganzie, Chezidek, The Mighty Diamonds, Mr Easy, Jah Bouks, Anu Brian Gold, Bushman, Queen Ifrica, Leroy Smart, Chalice, Yellowman, Agent Sasco, Horace Andy, Half Pint, Ken Boothe, Mr Vegas, Nesbeth, Turbulence, Louie Culture, Echo Minott, Jesse Royal and Bounty Killer.

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