Koffee arrived “as a kidnapping” at her long-awaited debut performance during Weekend 1 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. On Saturday, April 16, the Grammy-winning Jamaican singer conquered the main stage, amid thousands of fans screaming inside the Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, which attracts between 99,000 and 125,000 people a day.
The Spanish city, native to St. Catherine received a dramatic prelude from her backing band that featured Keneil Delisser on drums, Ottmar Campbell on keyboards, Kawain Williamson on bass and Nicholas Groskopf on guitar.
Dressed in a yellow and white cap, with yellow shorts, a white top and matching white slippers, Koffee, 22, began her ensemble with the single Rapture, alongside singers and dancers. Truly, she remained calm and collected as she performed the lyrics to the 2019 hit, which was the title track on her Grammy-winning 2020 EP of the same name.
Members of the predominantly Caucasian audience could be seen nodding and swaying as they completed the entire song, which was topped off by a band instrumental. “Thank you all so much!” he said, to which he received light shouts of “I love you!” of the public.
He immediately continued with one of his newest songs, Gifted, the lead song on his recently released debut album of the same name.
Maybe the peace of mind of the customers was a little disconcerting for the Jamaican singer, because she paused to ask, “Guys, how many of you here know who I am?”
Koffee received a standing ovation before thanking his fans and apologizing for his delay. “Thank you so much for coming out. I’m so sorry I was late; thank you for your patience,” he said.
“Can I ask you two more things?” she continued. “How many of you see me for the first time?” to which he received another loud cry and hundreds of hands raised.
“And how many of you know I have a recently released debut album?”
This also had a favorable response.
“Thank you for your support. It is a pleasure to perform here for the first time and I am very happy to see all these beautiful faces coming out here to support me and my band from Jamaica. So thank you very much. “
Koffee switched to newer music by spitting out the lyrics on x10.
He then announced that Run Away was dedicated to “all lovers / couples” of the public. As he sang, a fan raised a lone Jamaican flag to show his support.
The host also performed her hugely successful 2020 Lockdown and of course Toast, the song that gave her a great chance.
She Equipped The album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart earlier this month and is currently at number 3.
Koffee was to make his debut at the 2020 festival lineup with rapper Travis Scott as the headliner. However, the festival had been on hiatus since its staging in 2019. Other acts that took to the stage on Saturday (day 2) included fellow Jamaican Masego, Megan Thee Stallion and Flume.
Billboard head Billie Eilish closed out Saturday’s lineup.
Koffee will perform again at the festival on Saturday 23 April as part of Weekend 2, which will take place from 22 to 24 April.
Previous Jamaican reggae performers at Coachella include Skip Marley in 2018, Chronixx and Protoje in 2016, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in 2013, and Damian ‘Jr. Gong ‘Marley, three times, once in 2007 with Brother Stephen Marley, in 2011 and 2014 with Nas.