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Coco Tea

Cocoa Tea was one of the few early dancehall stars to carve out a consistent, productive career as the genre evolved over the years. His cool-toned, laid-back vocals were perfect for sweet, smooth lovers rock, and gave him a distinct identity amid his more aggressive peers. Still, he was also capable of toughening up his sound on his cultural protest material, which was often sharply perceptive. Tea was born Calvin Scott on September 3, 1959, in Rocky Point, a small town in Jamaica's Clarendon parish. He sang in his church and school choirs as a youth, and made his first recordings for producer Willie Francis in 1974 at the mere age of 14; one single, "Searching in the Hills," was released under his given name, but went nowhere. He spent the next few years working as a racehorse jockey, then as a fisherman; during the latter occupation, he began to rediscover his musical ambitions, performing with the traveling sound systems that passed through local dancehalls.

In 1983, he moved to Kingston and adopted the performing name Cocoa Tea, after the Jamaican term for hot chocolate (later alternate spellings would include Coco Tea and Coco T). He soon met top dancehall producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes, and recorded a series of hit singles that included "Rocking Dolly," "I Lost My Sonia," "Informer," and "Can't Stop Cocoa Tea." His first album, Weh Dem a Go Do...Can't Stop Coco Tea, was released in 1985 and compiled many of his previous successes (a slightly different version, Rocking Dolly, was later issued in the U.S.). Lawes moved his operation to New York, and King Jammy became Tea's primary producer just as he was beginning to expand his focus to Rastafarian lyrical themes. The results included two albums, 1986's The Marshall and 1987's Come Again, and hit singles in those two title tracks, "Tune In," and "Settle Down," among others.

In 1989, a supergroup featuring Tea, Shabba Ranks, and Home T recorded together under the auspices of both King Jammy and Gussie Clarke. The resulting album, Holding On, was a major hit in Jamaica, as were the singles "Pirates Anthem" and "Who She Love." Still an extremely viable solo artist, Tea recorded the biggest socially conscious hit of his career to date, "Riker's Island," in 1991, and supported it with an album of the same name. His strident anti-Gulf War commentaries "Oil Ting" and "No Blood for Oil" were banned on radio in Jamaica and the U.K.; the latter was included on a second supergroup album, Another One for the Road, for which Cutty Ranks replaced Shabba. Tea's next major solo hit was the lovers rock tune "Good Life," produced by Philip "Fatis" Burrell. He was able to maintain a steady, solid level of popularity into the late '90s, with hits for Burrell (1996's "Israel King," 1997's King Sporty cover "I'm Not a King") and Bobby "Digital" Dixon (1995's "Holy Mount Zion"), plus a collaboration with Cutty Ranks on the 1997 Bob Marley cover "Waiting in Vain." Much of his mid-'90s material was collected on Holy Mount Zion, which was released in 1997 by the legendary Motown label. Further albums included 1998's One Way and 2001's Feel the Power. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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COCOA TEA this song is very nice, keep up the good work may jah bless you all the days of your life,!!!!
Love this tune!
COCOA TEA is a true legend,and all is song,s sounds good,!!
COCOA TEA is really a great and si
Love cocoa tea,
♡♡♡♡♡ Me, Not Fuh $$$$$!!!!
Can't say it no better
Love coco Tea!! Need to play more
Waiting in vain is a great song. Talks of the real life
thegoat1984
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Wwooooooooo
I forgot about him. This used to be da Jammmmmm. Act 3 NYC bigg Upppp!!!!
LUV ME FOR →ME!!←
KUV ME FOR ME
lordboye
Respect coco tea
Mawd tune
Luv this song to bits....nuff respec coco tea!
Mi luv Coco Tea!
delsol20121
Man ....this tune jams big times,imagin e monalisa dirty dancing.let' s get it on baby.you keep me on my toes.xoxo
fedoria7
Mi luv him baaad......
chune
Bad chunee ����
mrlinton2010
Mello sound
one of the best from yard
JAH love strong in the music keepin the reggae vibes alive thanks and praise
margaretrmia 1
love it!!!
love his waiting in vein version
shandy10466
VINTAGE, ONE OF TWO SINGERS WHO CAN TELL TO BAND TO TURN OFF.
wicked!!!
The Godfather of Reggae... always a winner in concert too.
Love Coco Tea, one of the true kings of reggae music. Seen a live performance once, Coco Tea blew up the stage.
Cocoa T is a legend in my book- i would like to see him perform live someday...DK
roots rockin reggae
Don..>..
numbah wun shotgunnah!
cool

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