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Cocoa 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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: In A Di Red

1. A Love Like Yours And Mine

2. Beat U Drums

3. Crazy Crazy

4. Press Freedo,

5. A Single Step

6. Weh De Reggae Deh

7. Sufferation

8. White Squal

9. Trickster

10. In A Di Red Dub

11. Poverty Line

12. Love Is

13. So Long

14. Tonight

15. Woman

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Track List: Save Us Oh Jah

1. Stay Far

2. Save Us Oh Jah

3. Let The Music Play

4. Indian Woman

5. How You So Hypa

6. Got You Now

7. Wave You Hand

8. Can't Tek The Fire Bun

9. Babylon Feel It

10. It Was A Charm

11. Don't Give Your Love Away

12. Biological Clock

13. Stop Him

14. Sex Drugs And Crime

15. Spin The Song Ya

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Track List: Ladies Ball - Single

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Track List: Rikers Island

1. One Woman Show

2. Fool In Love

3. We Must Be Free

4. Move Up

5. Bad Bwoy

6. Rikers Island

7. Keep On Doing It

8. Babylon Get Rude

9. More Than Just A Lover

10. Hunting In The Ghetto

11. Me No Like Rikers Island (Feat. Nardo Ranks)

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Track List: Stay In School (Single)

1. Stay In School

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Track List: The Sweat Sound Of Cocoa Tea

Disc 1

1. Lost My Sonia

2. Rocking Dolly

3. Informer

4. Children Of The Ghetto

6. Come Again

7. Death In The Stadium

8. Tune In

9. All Night Saturday Night

10. Young Lover

11. Lonesome Side

12. Love Me

17. Riker's Island

18. Bust Outta Hell

Disc 2

1. Good Life

3. She Loves Me Now

4. No Threat

5. We Do The Killing

6. Come Love Me

8. Holy Mount Zion

9. Heathen

10. Israel's King

11. Hurry Up & Come

13. Moving On

14. Mr. Neck Tie Man

16. Can't Be Real

18. Save Us Oh Jah

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BIG UP COCO TEA NICE MON.
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Memories...
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Nuff respect to throne call CoCoTea
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BIG up"COCO Tea nice song I love this song very much keep up the work that you are doing, !!!!! ,
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ntmo37
Dis my s**t from when dancehall was still young and fresh!!!!
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Good music all the time
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Smooth sounds by coca
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denierad6
Cocoa Tea is a true Rastafarian, with a beautiful voice. Always enjoy his music, keep up the great work my brother
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Cocoa Tea that's a very good song,Keep up the good ,!!
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Used to bump dis bradah all the time back in the day. Got my CDs stolen and had forgotten his name (Idk how I could). Glad I've found em here. Had to make em a station for sure. Love your melodic beats and vocals. Aloha Tea
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Love this song from Cocoa Tea,!!!!
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ebrimatambau s
I love cocoTea his melody is just exceptional and unique.. No one sounds like him.. You go maaaan
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Cocoa Tea Tell it like it is ,I like this one,,!!!!!
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No D H ,she love,!!!!!
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Good life yes
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Good Good song from C T,!!!!
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COCOA TEA I hope that I can say the same thing too,I I have been looking for a long time a I can't find the right one,,
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johnjackson8 5 5
# Sweet
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Nice vibes!
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Nice! !#
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Ladys u want Da Good Life
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This must be old school causr I have never heard this song before
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Yea
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Big Big Tune from the man from Rocky Point Clarendon.. Coco Tea
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It makes sense of humor!
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stullis1
Cocoa tea for lovers only.. Nice rhythm
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Nice tune !!!!
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Nice
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one of the best just like my late uncle Dennis Emmanuel kofi Brown.
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Smooth reggae right here mon
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I fell good
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Big tune !!!
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dahmari.codr i n g t o n
Classic
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joshua.lanni n g
cocoa tea makes me feel right
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nice !!!! is classic...
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mrsmillerjan
cocoa is a general nuff respect fi real!!!!
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pure class djs nowadays are whack, Coco T taking us back
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pure niceness
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true classic by Cocoa Tea
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super
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COCOA TEA HAS A SMOOTH VOICE THAT CAPTURES YOUR ATTENTION
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Smooth
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been following Cocoa T. for 20+ years. Silky smooth, with an understated delivery that wears yuh down like watah on rock. Songs like the Kingston version of "Good Life" are classics of all time. Always refreshing, showed you can fight the struggle and still be about love....
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Cocoa Tea. Music make me feel good and make me relax. no matter what.
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I can't beleive that i have known of Coco T for years and for the first time i saw him perform in New Jersey just a few weeks ago and he totally took the show... MI NEVA KNOW SEH HIM BAD SO!!!! He is a great performer, THE BEST I HAVE EVER SEEN
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Irie mon,One of the best.
Jah love
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One love
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love him so much i think he is the best :):):)

























































































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Give thnks for Coco Tea...
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Not only am i a fan of Cocoa Tea, i love the name. "They call us pirates, just because we play what the people want".
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