Born in Spanish Town, just outside of Kingston, Jamaica, Mikayla "Koffee" Simpson began writing lyrics in her bedroom having been inspired by the likes of reggae legends Protoje and Supercat, to more recently, Chicago rapper Smino and UK rap star Giggs. In January 2018, reggae hero Coco Tea brought Koffee onto the stage at Rebel Salute; her idol Protoje also asked her to perform with him, while Grammy-nominated Chronixx, one of Jamaica's biggest contemporary reggae stars and another huge inspiration, invited Koffee to join him on Seani B and Mistajam's recent BBC 1Xtra shows broadcast from Tuff Gong Studios.
Although small in stature and disarmingly unassuming, Koffee's modesty -- and height -- belies huge amounts of talent. The 5'0, self-described "sing-jay-guitarist" is one of the most exciting, forward-thinking, globally-focused teenage talents to emerge this year. With the release of her Lasanna Harris/PK Oneday produced debut EP Rapture in March, which reached the #1 spot on Billboard's Reggae Chart and is fast approaching 100 million streams, she's proven she's ready to take over.
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