Jamaica Observer: KINGSTON, JA – Billboard magazine is hailing Jamaican Grammy-winning deejay Koffee as one of 21 acts under 21 who has been making a global impact in 2020.
The article was published yesterday in the American music magazine titled ’21 Under 21: See Who Made the 2020 List’.
According to Billboard: “Three weeks before turning 20, the multi-talented artiste born Mikayla Simpson made history at the 2020 Grammys: She not only became the first female artiste to win best reggae album in the award’s 35-year history, but also the category’s youngest winner of all time.
“She plans to use her success ‘to set an example for those who are younger than me — to inspire others to reach their full potential’. In the meantime, she’s still forging new accomplishments of her own, like a pair of hit collaborations with UK star J Hus ( Repeat) and reggae legend Buju Banton (the Pressure remix).”
Koffee, 20, is signed to Promised Land/RCA. She has amassed a grand total of 189.2 million streams.
The 125-year-old magazine asked Koffee: What’s the most powerful thing about being a young artiste in the music industry?
“This is a big opportunity for me, a big platform that I can use to set an example for those that are younger than me. To keep things positive and inspire others to reach their full potential — it’s a huge responsibility, and I want to do a lot of good with it,” she responded.
In February, Koffee’s Rapture emerged on top in a category which included luminaries Third World, Steel Pulse, Sly & Robbie, and Julian Marley. The five-track EP contains her tracks Blazin, Throne, Rapture, Raggamuffin as well as her break-out hit Toast.
“A lot of people are expecting me to feel pressured, and even I was expecting myself to feel pressured. But this success has presented somewhat of a relief for me. It shows me that so many great things are possible. So instead of putting me in a position where I’m scared now, if I can top it the next time it shows me that many great things are possible, so I just can continue to work and I don’t even know what I can achieve with confidence. So I am just looking forward with positivity and optimism for everything that I really, really can do,” she told the Jamaica Observer in a previous interview.
Also included in Billboard’s 21 under 21 are: Billie Eilish, 18, who swept all four major categories at this year’s Grammy Awards; Beyoncé’s protojes Chloe x Halle; and singer Noah Cyrus, sister of Miley Cyrus.
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