Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Koffee among nominees for Reggae Grammy

Koffee performing at Reggae Sumfest 2019 (File Photo)

Koffee performing at Reggae Sumfest 2019 (File Photo)

The nominees in the Best Reggae Album category of the 62nd Grammy Awards have been announced.

The nominees are 'Rapture' by Koffee; 'Mass Manipulation' by Steel Pulse, 'As I Am' by Julian Marley, 'The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics' by Sly and Robbie and Roots Radics, and 'More Work to be Done' by Third World.

This is the first nomination for Koffee, who is the youngest solo reggae act to have secured a nomination in the category. Koffee's short but powerful set 'Rapture' contains five songs. For purposes of eligibility, to be considered an album, recordings must contain at least five different tracks and a total playing time of 15 minutes or a total playing time of at least 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement.

Steven "Cat" Coore performs with his Third World bandmates at Rebel Salute. (File Photo)

The Grammy nomination nod rounds out a successful year for Koffee that has seen her enjoy tremendous success. She displaced Vybz Kartel as the Jamaican act with the most streams outside the country.

According to official figures released by streaming service YouTube, the coveted spot of most streamed single is the sole province of Koffee's 'Toast' which beat all comers to grab the pole position with 3.91 million streams over the past 12 months. Tommy Lee's 'Blessing' is in the number two spot, having racked up 3.49 million streams. Teejay's 'Owna Lane' shows up strong at #3 with 3.02 million streams while Kartel slips to #4 with 'Any Weather' (2.41) and Squash rounds out the top five with  'Beat Dem Bad' (2.03).

Could Koffee become the first female to win a Reggae Grammy? In over three decades of history in the Reggae Grammy category, only four females have ever been nominated, none of them actually walking away with the award, the last of whom was Etana who was nominated in 2018 with her 'Reggae Forever' set. 

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