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Kofi began her musical career as a member of the Lovers Rock trio Brown Sugar which also featured Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul) and Pauline Catlin. The trio enjoyed unprecedented success, topping the UK reggae charts on three occasions and have recently been voted one of top ten black female vocal groups of all time.

Following the demise of Brown Sugar in the mid-1980s Kofi embarked on a solo career. She had a number of hits on the British reggae charts including five number 1’s and achieved numerous awards establishing her status as one of the queens of Lovers Rock.

Kofi had been asked on many occasions to crossover into the Soul/RnB market. Motown Records had engaged Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) to establish a subsidiary label Funki Dreds to which he was to find and sign artistes of the highest calibre in the UK. Kofi was signed to the new label and featured on the 1992 'Soul II Soul Volume III – Just Right' album. During this period Kofi was commissioned to work for the Disney/Buena Vista project: 'Simply Mad About the Mouse: A Musical Celebration of Imagination', which was a musical tribute to the company’s many successful movies over the years and as such they marked the occasion by featuring many top rated artistes to each take a very famous song from one of their beloved movies and perform it in their own unique style. This included LL Cool J, Gypsy Kings, Michael Bolton and Billy Joel, but to name a few. Kofi’s contribution to the project was her rendition of “Kiss The Girl” from the film ‘The Little Mermaid’.

Kofi went on to work more closely with top producers Mafia & Fluxy, contributing to a number of compilation albums. In 2008 the album 'Rocking Eternally' was released. The 2011 album 'Kofi & Friends' showcased Kofi and sharing the album with established reggae artistes: Freddie McGregor, Luciano, Michael Rose, George Nooks, Morgan Heritage and Earl Sixteen. During 2011 the film 'The Story of Lovers Rock', directed by Menelik Shabazz, was publicly released and the film featured Kofi in conversation and music from Brown Sugar.

In 2010 Kofi took up residency in Barbados performing various music styles to meet audience expectations at many hotels and locations around the island. 2012 saw her working with new producers, releasing a new EP, Sweetness & Thanks, and a number of singles in various genres. The album Rocking Eternally was also re-released. Midway through the year.

Kofi continues to be a dynamic and audience engaging live entertainer. Notable performances include performing as the closing act at The Giants of Lovers Rock event in 2012 and entertaining at her own special shows "Intimate" and "Kofi & Friends" in the UK. During 2013 she appeared alongside Sanchez, John Holt and Frankie Paul at the Barbados Reggae Festival also appearing at the St Lucia Jazz Festival. At the Leeds Carnival in 2015 she performed as one of the supporting acts for headliners Third World

During 2016 Kofi returned to the UK for an indefinite period to complete work on a new album and a number of singles which will reflect her various musical styles with songs in the Soul/R&B, Reggae and Jazz genres. In April 2017 the 'Intimate' event was developed, with music director Christella Litras, into a new show 'The Journey' and the show included the first public performances of some of the new songs. Launched in Leeds at Seven Arts with two sold out evenings, nine quality musicians, guest singers Rob Green and Marion Zubrzycki from the Caution Collective and solo showcases for the backing singers. Presented by DJ Fluid, with poetic narration by Khadijah Ibrahiim and expressive dancing by Phoenix Dance founder David Hamilton and 12 year old Leilani Storm, the show proved to be a very successful formula.

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