Koffee, has announced her 2022 North American The Gifted Tour dates. The 24-date run will see stops including two performances at Coachella and shows in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and more and will feature support from artists Ayra Starr and Buju at select dates. The tour kicks off on April 11th in Seattle and runs through early summer before wrapping up at Lightning In A Bottle Festival in Bakersfield on May 27th.
Me? I’m just down to earth.” 21-year-old musician Mikayla “Koffee” Simpson may be small in stature but her 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 talents to emerge in recent years and has reshaped, modernised and revitalised reggae for a whole new global audience.
Born in Spanish Town, just outside of Kingston, Jamaica, Koffee was bought up alone by her hard working mother, her father having left for New York when Koffee was an infant. “Mummy struggled so I didn’t have to,” remembers Koffee. An occasional actress who works for the Ministry of Health and who gives sex education and body positivity talks to young people, Koffee’s mum sheltered her daughter from a lot of the violence that afflicted their community. “I was aware of curfews and shootings growing up but it wasn’t necessarily a reality for me because I didn’t experience anything directly,” she says. “I would hear about gunshots over in [neighboring] Gordon Pen, but where I live, in Eltham View, it’s a mellow vibe. It’s a pretty friendly community, we know each other for the most part and we get along well.”
The tour announcement follows Koffee’s most recent single and video, “West Indies” released last October. Produced by Iotosh, another of Jamaica’s young breakout stars, “West Indies” is a joyful celebration of Koffee’s West Indian heritage and a personal ode to the islands, full of her trademark messages of hope and positivity, accompanied by a video co-directed by Meji Alabi & Koffee herself that finds her crew and a host of inspiring local faces partying against a stunning backdrop of the cliffs of West End, Negril.
2022 North American Tour Dates
4/11/2022 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo*
4/12/2022 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
4/14/2022 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield or Masonic*
4/16/2022 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Festival*
4/17/2022 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
4/19/2022 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
4/23/2022 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Festival*
4/27/2022 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami
4/28/2022 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live!
4/30/2022 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues – Orlando
5/2/2022 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
5/3/2022 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
5/5/2022 – Toronto, ON @ History
5/7/2022 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
5/9/2022 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live
5/11/2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
5/12/2022 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
5/14/2022 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall
5/15/2022 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues – Chicago
5/17/2022 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
5/18/2022 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
5/20/2022 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival*
05/26/2022 – Santa Cruz, CA*
05/27/2022 – Bakersfield, CA @ Lightning In A Bottle Festival*
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