Koffee has become the first solo female to cop the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album at the 62nd ceremony for the coveted music awards.
Koffee, 19, took home the Grammy for her debut album, Rapture.
On accepting the award, she thanked her fellow nominees for their contributions to reggae and declared her win a victory for reggae and Jamaica.
Other nominees for the Reggae Album of the Year were:
Julian Marley for his album: As I am
Sly and Robbie and Roots Radics for the album: Sly and Robbie vs Roots Radics
Steel Pulse for Mass Manipulation
Third World for More Work to be Done.
Terri Lyons is the new 2020 Calypso Monarch, becoming only the fifth woman to win the prized Carnival crown.
Lyons’ performances of Meghan My Dear and Obeah set her above the field of 12 finalists, dethroning last year’s monarch Renaldo London.
She joins Calypso Rose (McCartha Lewis), Singing Sandra (Sandra DesVignes-Millington), Denyse Plummer and Karene Asche in the history books of women monarchs.
Asche, a stronger contender, placed second, with Heather McIntosh in third position, and this too was record as it is the first time the top three placings were women. The competition took place at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Lyons descends from Carnival royalty as she is the daughter soca icon, Austin “Super Blue” Lyons, and sister of Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez. Super Blue is a 10-time Road March winner, and Lyons-Alvarez is also a record-breaker as the only woman to win both the Power and Groovy Soca monarch titles of the International Soca Monarch competition.
She also only the third woman to win the Road March after Calypso Rose and Sanell Dempster.
Above are my pick of female Reggae artist that are true representation of positivity, femininity, beauty and Reggae music today. Female Reggae power. By Brian Kool. One love, smile.
Natural Black (born Mortimer Softley) is a reggae singer from Georgetown Guyana.
He moved to Jamaica to pursue his dream of being a Reggae Singer, after a period of service in the army. He has had several hits in Jamaica, including "Far From Reality" and "Nice it Nice.
As a widely acclaimed artiste he has a large Guyanese fan base as well as Caribbean, European and Latin America.
His style and personality has made him a favorite among some of the top record producers and show promoters in Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean. As a result, he has toured extensively and has performed to sold out audiences in Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia, USA, Guyana and through out the Caribbean . He has also performed on most of the major Reggae shows and festivals such as Sting, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, East Fest, Irie Jamborie and others.
Some of his big tunes are Far from reality, nice it nice, Babylon ah burn, revolution, never leave you lonely, cry cry smile, tell me why, Why can't we, treat her like a lady and many more. He has had several hits in Jamaica, including "Far From Reality" and "Nice it Nice.
In 2012 Natural Black cut off his locks, breaking his covenant in the Rastafarian lifestyle and dramatically altering his look. "I got up and cut off my locks Sunday morning because I looked around at my surroundings and realized that I have not been living a Rastafarian lifestyle. I want to see the changes around me, and as it relates to the upliftment of the people, the direction of the Rasta order and the walk toward perfection. That is not happening. I just see discord and chaos in the rasta community, all of it is very misleading," said the artiste, whose real name is Mortimer Softley.
The Far From Reality singer is aware that there might be a backlash from members of the Rastafarian community, but he is prepared to defend his decision them to where they are.
Respects! to some of our vintage Soca & Reggae artist, alive. One love.
Mighty Sparrow (King of Calypso), Calypso Rose (Queen of Calypso),
Daddy U Roy (Pioneer of toasting) & Sister Carrol (Mother Culture).
Dr. Patricia Bath was the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent. She invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986.
A noted Ophthalmologist and famous African American inventor, Dr. Patricia Bath pioneered the 1985 development of a specialized tool and procedure for the removal of cataracts.
Her Laserphaco Probe and procedure improved cataract surgery by using lasers to vaporize cataracts painlessly. Previously, cataract surgery had been a difficult manual process involving a mechanical grinder.
Dr. Bath's lifelong dedication to the treatment and prevention of visual impairments has made it possible to restore the sight of many people suffering from cataracts. Because of her unwavering "Fight for the Right to Sight", Dr. Bath remains one of the most important and most famous African American inventors.
Patricia Bath was born in Harlem, New York. (November 4, 1942 - May 30, 2019).