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Cocoa Tea was mostly of the early dancehall celebrities to carve out a regular, productive career because the genre evolved over time. His cool-toned, laid-back vocals had been perfect for lovely, smooth lovers rock and roll, and offered him a definite identification amid his even more intense peers. Still, he was also with the capacity of toughening up his audio on his social protest material, that was frequently sharply perceptive. Tea was created Calvin Scott on Sept 3, 1959, in Rocky Stage, a small city in Jamaica’s Clarendon parish. He sang in his chapel and college choirs like a youngsters, and produced his first recordings for manufacturer Willie Francis in 1974 on the simple age group of 14; a unitary, “Searching within the Hillsides,” premiered under his provided name, but proceeded to go nowhere. He spent another few years functioning being a racehorse jockey, after that being a fisherman; through the last mentioned occupation, he begun to rediscover his musical ambitions, executing using the vacationing audio systems that transferred through regional dancehalls. In 1983, he transferred to Kingston and followed the executing name Cocoa Tea, following the Jamaican term for sizzling hot chocolate (afterwards alternative spellings would consist of Coco Tea and Coco T). He shortly met best dancehall manufacturer Henry “Junjo” Lawes, and documented some strike singles that included “Rocking Dolly,” “I Shed My Sonia,” “Informer,” and “Can’t End Cocoa Tea.” His initial record, Weh Dem a chance Do…Can’t End Coco Tea, premiered in 1985 and compiled a lot of his previous successes (a somewhat different version, Rocking Dolly, was afterwards issued within the U.S.). Lawes transferred his procedure to NY, and Ruler Jammy became Tea’s principal producer just like he was starting to broaden his concentrate to Rastafarian lyrical designs. The outcomes included two albums, 1986’s The Marshall and 1987’s Arrive Again, and strike singles in those two name tracks, “LISTEN IN,” and “RELAX,” amongst others. In 1989, a supergroup offering Tea, Shabba Rates, and House T recorded jointly beneath the auspices of both Ruler Jammy and Gussie Clarke. The causing album, SECURING, was a significant strike in Jamaica, as had been the singles “Pirates Anthem” and “Who She Like.” Still an exceptionally viable solo musician, Tea recorded the largest socially conscious strike of his profession up to now, “Riker’s Isle,” in 1991, and backed it with an record of the same name. His strident anti-Gulf Battle commentaries “Essential oil Ting” and “No Bloodstream for Essential oil” were prohibited on radio in Jamaica as well as the U.K.; the latter was included on another supergroup album, A DIFFERENT ONE for the street, that Cutty Ranks changed Shabba. Tea’s following major solo strike was the enthusiasts rock and roll tune “Great Life,” made by Philip “Fatis” Burrell. He could maintain a reliable, solid popularity into the past due ’90s, with strikes for Burrell (1996’s “Israel Ruler,” 1997’s Ruler Sporty cover “I’m Not really a Ruler”) and Bobby “Digital” Dixon (1995’s “Holy Support Zion”), and also a cooperation with Cutty Rates within the 1997 Bob Marley cover “Waiting around in Vain.” A lot of his middle-’90s materials was gathered on Holy Support Zion, that was released in 1997 from the famous Motown label. Further albums included 1998’s A PROVEN WAY and 2001’s Experience the Power.

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Full Name Cocoa Tea
Date Of Birth September 3, 1959
Profession Disc jockey, Singer
Nationality Jamaican
Music Songs Young Lover, Hurry Up & Come, Waiting in Vain, I Lost My Sonia, 18 & Over, Rocking Dolly, Israel's King, Riker's Island, Can't Stop Cocoa Tea, We Do The Killing, Save Us Oh Jah, Sonia Come Back, Rastaman, Come Love Me, Kingston Hot, Bust Outta Hell, Come Again, Bruck Loose, Rough Inna Town, Who She Love, Lonesome Side, Hunted Wanted, Too Young, Grow Your Locks, Don't Give Your Love Away, Oil Ting, Don't Want to Live Without Your Love, Burn Satan, Can't Tek the Fire Bun, The Going Is Rough, One Away Woman, Must Get a Bly
Albums Tek Weh Yuh Gal, I Am the Toughest, Israel's King, Rocking Dolly, Mr Coco Tea, In a di Red, Riker's Island, Come Again, Come Love Me, Live in Jamaica, Save Us Oh Jah, Weh Dem A Go Do...Can't Stop Cocoa Tea, Good Life, Feel the Power, Kingston Hot, Biological Warfare, Ras Portraits, Can't Live So, Fatis Presents Xterminator Coco Tea & Friends, Time Will Tell (Live), Tune In, One Way, Yes We Can, Sunset in Negril, Cocoa Tea Pure Diamond Collection, Unforgetable, Legit, One Up, Authorized, Settle Down, Israel Vibration Meets Cocoa Tea, The Sweet Sound of Cocoa Tea, Xterminator Presents...Best of Cocoa Tea, King Jammys Presents the Best of:, Fatis Presents Coco Tea, Grafton 4 By 4, Reggae Legends, Volume 3, Cocoa Tea : Special Edition, Sweeter EP, Fatis Presents Coco Tea - Feel the Power
Movies Giddimani: Live Reggae, Reggae Spring Break: Part 1, Manchester Fiesta: Part 2, Black History: Part 2, Portland Splash: Singers, Jam Jam 2006: Part 1, Champions in Action 2006: Vol. 2, Original Dancehall Jam Jam 2005: Vol. 3, Original Dancehall Jam Jam, In the Beginning: Vol. 2: Montreal International Reggae Festival, Voices of Jamaica: Live in Concert: London


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