2019 had its regular highs and lows for the ladies in the dancehall world. There were the usual catfights as expected and it was not short of its controversies. The one significant thing I am sure we can all agree on was the rise to prominence of Koffee. Her maiden EP Rapture captured the hearts of many and her debut single ‘Toast’ garnered much interest from all over the world. Not only was it endorsed by Barack Obama, but it also featured on Jay Z’s 2019 top 40 playlist and was played by the Chinese military band at a function for a Jamaican trade delegation in Beijing.
With that in mind. It was a no brainer as to who was the top female artist for the ladies in 2019. Shenseea also made the headlines for her hit songs. These include ‘Temptation Overdrive’, ‘Foreplay’, ‘Heartless’ and her commercial hit ‘Blessed’ with hip hop’s Tyga.
Spice also had a good year not only in recording booth but on a social tip. She received an award from MTV for her role as a cast member of VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta. She also got involved in the community doing a lot of philanthropic work while also killing it in the studio. Her main hits for the year were a collaboration with Worl’Boss in ‘Back Way’. ‘Cool It’, ‘No Gyal’ and she also featured on the ‘Dumplin’ remix with Sean Paul and Stylo.
To be fair, female artists are not as prolific as the men. Within the genre there are various styles. However, it is very difficult to compare Spice, Tanya Stephens or Jada Kingdom’s style with someone like Alaine and Etana who also had good years.
Lila Ike also deserves special mention. Sha made headway with her efforts with tracks like ‘Where I’m Coming From‘ and ‘Not Another Word’ alongside Agent Sasco and Protege.
Other noteworthy artists to mention are, Hoodcelebrity, Dovey Magnum, Ishawna, Lady Saw, Macka Diamond, Cecile and Yanique Curvy Diva.