Koffee Leads The Way. Jamaica’s New Heroine Tells Fox News She Wants to Impact The World Positively
Nineteen-year-old Mikayla Simpson is on a path of positivity. Koffee, her stage sobriquet, acquired and maintained since her High School days- the young, legend in the making who has reggae music’s Protoje and Chronixx as mentors, is bent on making a difference, with her God-given talent.
Like her predecessor, Bob Marley, the young artiste who now has her own seven-piece band called The Raggamuffins, has soared to international acclamation in little to no time. Her breakthrough in 2017 was all she needed to essentially soar. The Apple iTunes ‘Up Next’ featured artist recently said, “I want to inspire the youth. I know I want to make a change and that’s something I stay focused on.” She says she sees herself as a tool that will be used for the continuation of reggae music and the Jamaican cultural legacy.
Koffee has hit stages around the world since her debut onto the music circuit. She recently performed on The Ends Festival main stage in London and followed up at the Holiday Festival in Paris, before hitting The Old Festival in Antwerp and tonight, she’ll be the featured act for ‘Koffee Live in Germany’ in Dortmund. “When I evaluate myself and the society, I realise it’s better to do something worthwhile than to just do something to create a buzz,” said the Spanish Town native during her recent interview with Fox News.
Koffee’s name has penetrated the youth market immensely in the past two years, so much so that dancehall’s more recent violent and often negative lyrics have seemingly stumbled. In April, Popcaan- another big name on the dancehall circuit, known for songs like, ‘Unruly’, ‘Ova Dweet,’ and ‘Weed Is My Best Friend’, took to social media with a message. “Man them can always sing them bag a gun song them because it’s a part of the thing, I will still sing them too but don’t expect to see none on the billboard.” The artiste had started his online rant by calling on his fellow dancehall artistes to deliver music that could be more globally accepted.
The world is looking on in awe at Koffee’s seemingly overnight influence. Amid continued social and political atrocities around the world, artistes like Koffee, Chronixx and Protoje who’ve undoubtedly proven themselves to be the new sound of reggae, give hope to many who’ve felt hopeless in recent time.
Here’s a look at Koffee’s interview with Fox News recently, in New York.