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Editors’ Notes

During the '80s, the skeletal rhythms of rub-a-dub gave way to the even more minimal digital soundscapes of producers like Gussie Clarke and Bobby Digital. In this increasingly deejay-led scene, the success of singers like Junior Reid, Johnny Osbourne, and Cocoa Tea served as a reminder of the soaring vocal performances of the roots and rocksteady eras. When Cocoa Tea first appeared in the early ‘80s with a series of brilliant singles for Henry “Junjo” Lawes’ Volcano label, his delicate but exquisitely controlled delivery immediately brought to mind the similarly crystalline voices of roots-era stars like Cornell Campbell and Slim Smith. These early singles—“Rocking Dolly," “Informer," and “Lost My Sonia"—established the basics of Tea’s style, juxtaposing his intensely melodic vocals against punishingly minimal dancehall instrumentals. Tea would continue to refine this formula in the decades to come, recording with producers like King Jammy, Mr. Doo, Gussie Clarke, and others. The Sweet Sound of Cocoa Tea compiles 36 tracks from all stages of Tea’s career, from his earliest singles to selections from 2006’s Save Us Oh Jah.

Customer Reviews

What a treat to get as spring draws near!

Nothing sounds better on a warm day then the sound of Cocoa Tea playing from my Ipod. Amazing collection, many tracks are touched up from previous albums which makes them sound even better. Classics such as "Good Life" and "Hurry Up and Come" will forever be in my list of favorites... Thanks Cocoa! God Bless...

Cocoa Tea Anthology

This compilation is a great anthology of Cocoa Tea. My favorite songs are "Lost My Sonia," "Hey Bobby," Come Again," "Heathen," and "Israel's King." It has a great rhythm and has great quality. A great album showcasing Cocoa Tea's great music. DO buy!!


classic cocoa tea....smoke ganja to dis all day


Born: March 9, 1959 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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....
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