Koffee is currently the fastest rising star out of Jamaica and the 19-year-old could become the first solo female artist to ever win a Reggae Grammy Award. While the entire island is proud of her accomplishment, guitarist Cat Coore of the group Third World believes that the singjay should have been nominated in another category such as pop, as her music transcends reggae.
Coore also had reservation on the fact that Koffee is nominated for an EP with only five tracks on it and just over fifteen minutes in length.
“I would have liked it to have been a situation where she wasn’t being judged on an EP, but rather an LP,” Coore said.
Based on the Recording Academy’s guidelines, 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.
“The kind of music she has transcends reggae. It’s pop music. I would have liked to see her get a nomination for that, in that category. My personal feeling is that she should have got nominated for “best pop single”,” Coore continued.
Music producer Gussie Clarke disagrees with Coore. “It is my view that she has been singing and functioning as a reggae artiste. At this point, I don’t see where she has broken any barriers as an artiste of another genre. If you look at where she’s coming from, what she has had success as, is basically a reggae artiste,” he said.
Female reggae artist, Puma Jones, won a Reggae Grammy Award as part of the group Black Uhuru, however, a female solo reggae artist has never won a Grammy Award. Koffee can great history if she is able to beat out fellow nominees; Third World, Steel Pulse, Sly and Robbie and Julian Marley.