Grammy award winning artiste, Koffee, to perform in Dominica

Grammy award-winning artiste Mikayla Simpson also known as “Koffee” will be in Dominica for the first time to perform during one of the island’s major events, ‘Carnival Gopwell’ Volume 2, to be held at Windsor Park Sports Stadium Forecourt on Saturday 25th, April 2020.

Organizer of the event, Dane ‘Danejahdane’ Smalling made the announcement on Friday.

The Jamaican rising reggae star is well-known for her popular songs “Toast”, “Rapture”, “Haffi Make it”, “Blazin” among others. She created history by becoming the youngest reggae act and first female artist to win the Grammy for “Best Reggae Album”.

Smalling said Koffee was booked through his booking agency called Danejah Entertainment, which is normally used to book artistes to perform during various events in Dominica.

“Everything is confirmed and everything is booked,” Smalling revealed. “Koffee is coming in and not to do playback; Koffee is coming in with her band.”

He said there will be no playback for that night; all the artistes will be performing with their live band.

“Koffee just won the Gramm; she has only performed one place in the Eastern Caribbean which is Antigua. She has never been to the French Antilles and Dominica is getting her even before Barbados,” Smalling stated. “She is going to Barbados the day after, to perform at the Reggae on the Hill event.”

Smalling added, “We are first in line to welcome a Grammy-winning artiste,” adding that he is very proud of himself and the sponsors of the event.

“This is something special. I feel that this event needed a launch. We are going beyond the regular programme we are accustomed to,” he stated. “This is growth.”

Jeoffrey Joseph of Triple Kay, one of the acts carded to perform at Carnival Gwopwel, is promising a successful event.

“You can expect a lot from Triple Kay Band as always,” he stated. “We are going to impress as we always do.”

Joseph encouraged everyone to come out in large numbers to support the event.

Other acts for the event include Trinidad female soca artiste Patrice Roberts, Bouyon Boss Asa Bantan, Trilla G, Reo, Born Terrific, Major Mystic and DJ Sleem.

Heineken and Josephine Gabriel & Company Limited are big partners of this event and Sales & Marketing Assistant, Gerald George, fully endorsed the event.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 7th at the Bull’s Eye Pharmacy and Depex Color Lab.

Tickets will cost $65 in advance, $75 at the gate and $250 VIP.

The event is expected to begin at 8:00 pm.

The first Carnival Gopwell event was held for the first time in Dominica in 2017 and featured DJ Private Ryan as part of the line-up.

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12 Comments

  1. Bob Denis
    March 4, 2020

    Get off “KOFFEE’ case , this young Woman is an inspiration to all of her peers in the Caribbean ,and the World for that matter. One of her great attributes, is that She is not selling SEX, this is a major plus, A true bust of fresh air. Dominica’ musical beats are not Domicile to the Island, Caribbean Riddims belong to the Africans that continue to be chatteled on the plantations.Calypso come from YUROBA Nigeria, her only Child is REGGAE that emerge from our Wailing experiences of Slavery. We can meditate and Pray , make Love, Dance and Frolic with, that musical Genre can really make Man/Woman check His/Herself, as oppose to what incites and excite.

  2. St. Joe
    March 2, 2020

    Original Dominica musician. To kalinago Justice, the Tin beating sound that you hear,DanceHall,the so call Soca beat and the new North American beat today, have one thing in common, slow it down, speed it up. Its our Cadence Beat. Listen Closely.

  3. Kalinago Justice
    March 2, 2020

    :?: I happened to listen and watch the video of koffee and I don’t see her tin beating sounds as being reggae! This is total disrespect for the likes of Peter Tosh and Bob Marley to call what that young lady is playing as Reggae!!! With the departing of the Greats like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh Jamaican music has lost its way!!!

    • Galileo
      March 2, 2020

      What she sings may not be the type of reggae sung by the two greats you mentioned. However, if you know anything about music, you would know that music is dynamic and as time progresses there are variations of a particular genre which develop. Mark you I am no fan of Coffee I prefer Culture, Bob, Bunny and the rest but she is a new kid on the block who is doing well so let’s support, not insult her.

    • Soca Bloodline
      March 2, 2020

      No Private Ryan!! no Me!!

  4. Calibishie Warrior
    March 2, 2020

    I’m sorry … putting KKK with is fabulous artiste is a bit of an own goal , I’m afraid. Shot yourselves in the foot right there.

  5. look joke
    March 2, 2020

    I will be giving a big big toast to the organizers …if it wasn’t for that Parody band triple k , seriously? Koffe with Cripple Kay?? That drink not going down so well na, more reggae artist for that night please, i understand you want a diverse crowd but triple kay crowd not a reggae appreciative crowd at all so that night already spoil.

  6. Toto
    March 2, 2020

    Make mine a double espresso Koffee and don’t spoil it with that tasteless bouillon that you don’t know what’s in it.

  7. dissident
    March 1, 2020

    I love Koffee!
    I’ve been digging her music months before Toast debuted on local radio…. now a theme song.

    Don’t get me wrong people.
    Carnival has already ended. My comment is not related to religious observations of Lent.
    I would have loved to see this up and coming Grammy winning artist perform like de blessed artist she is. Why not surround her with music of a similar genre?
    Remember you boast she coming to Dominica before Barbados….de ting is she will be in a reggae concert.
    Somebody looking to put a few character on de world stage by putting dem on a stage with a Grammy winning artist.
    I’m no fool.
    Not one local reggae artist to perform in a bouyon post carnival fete that showcasing a Grammy winning dancehall reggae artist.

    All you not doing de girl justice.
    Rubbing shoulders to boost your image internationally….. would you be able to get Koffee in a jam in de Bronx for labor day carnival?

    • Rambo
      March 2, 2020

      @Dissident
      I will agree with r comments this is the time to promote our reggae bands and we also have Nasio who should be contracted to play for that event also

      lets make that night a Reggae night

    • Mr King
      March 2, 2020

      very true .. i fully agree .. they could have the show carnival gwopell the reggae edition and bring out all our local reggae artist and bands .. make them get a bit of the exposure along with koffee .. People tired hear triple kay .. We heard them all through the carnival .

    • My Three Cents
      March 2, 2020

      I am all for the exposure and promotion of local talent; however, the world of entertainment should not be held hostage to the prevailing parasitic mindset of being forced to pair average acts with internationally renowned artistes.

      Simply put, when it comes to the paying public, I strongly believe the promoters should give the people what they want!!! In this case, it is an unadulterated show with Koffee along with a few other deserving and proven performers. No decaf here!!!

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