Friday 3 July, 2020

Holness, Grange welcome history-making Grammy winner Koffee

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (right), embraces Grammy-winning Reggae artiste, Koffee, at Norman Manley International Airport on Monday. The Minister went to welcome home the singer who won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in January 2020. (Photo: JIS)

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (right), embraces Grammy-winning Reggae artiste, Koffee, at Norman Manley International Airport on Monday. The Minister went to welcome home the singer who won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in January 2020. (Photo: JIS)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, have welcomed home Grammy-winning reggae artiste, Koffee.

Grange met the artiste at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday. It was the singer’s first time returning to Jamaica since winning the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in Los Angeles, California last week.

“I’m really very happy to welcome Koffee home after she made history as the first female solo reggae artiste to win the Grammy," Grange said, adding "I’m as excited as when I was Shabba Ranks’ manager and we won the Grammy. I feel so good about Koffee’s success.”

The minister described it as a blessing to be celebrating Koffee’s success during Reggae Month.

Koffee with Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a courtesy call. (Photo: OPM)

Grange said she was delighted that her ministry provided a platform to showcase Koffee’s talent. In December 2017, Minister Grange selected Koffee — who was 17 at the time — to perform at the unveiling ceremony for the statue of the Jamaican track legend, Usain Bolt, at the National Stadium.

“She performed for Usain Bolt and, for the first time, had major exposure at the national level [and] the rest is history. She has just moved from success to success and what is so beautiful about her — she’s young, she’s bright, and she’s humble,” said Grange.

Koffee also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Andrew Holness, at Jamaica House. Holness shared photos of the meeting on social media and lauded the trailblazing recording artiste.

"I am extremely proud of Koffee’s historic achievement; having someone as youthful and creative as her with such powerful melodies that are appealing to everyone is impeccable for our music and culture. Congratulations Koffee! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Keep it burning!" Holness said.

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