Shanae Hardy February 17, 2023 8:00AM
Grammy Award-winning reggae artist Koffee will headline the third-annual Afro-Carib Festival in Miramar.Photo by Nwaka Okparaeke
Since releasing her hit single “Toast” in 2018, Koffee has quickly ascended the ranks of contemporary reggae. The following year, her debut EP Rapture rose to number one on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart, and in 2020, it earned her a Grammy for “Best Reggae Album,” making her the first woman to win in the category, and, at just 19 years old, the youngest.
With a subsequent debut LP, Gifted, released in March of 2022, Koffee cemented her status as one of reggae’s most sought-after artists. For its third-annual celebration, the Afro-Carib Festival has tapped her as this year’s headliner at the Miramar Regional Amphitheater on Saturday, February 25, when she’ll top a diverse lineup boasting Haitian singer J. Perry, reggaeton and rap artist Jacob Forever, Nigerian artist Tekno, and Miami rapper Yung Wylin’.
Miramar City Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis, founder and host of the Afro-Carib Fest, says that for Black History Month, she wanted to spotlight and unify the diverse culture in Miramar in a positve setting, and Koffee’s music “has lyrics everyone can relate to.”
“Her being a Grammy Award-winning artist and Grammy-nominated this year says something about her reach and her positive message to the world,” Davis adds. “The type of vibe I’m bringing is that message in the music.”