Cocoa Tea

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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Calvin George Scott, 3 September 1959, Rocky Point, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. Cocoa Tea began his career while still a child in Kingston in 1974, singing on a couple of obscure records for an equally obscure producer, Willie Francis; ‘Searching In The Hills’ was issued under the name of Calvin Scott. He vanished again until 1983, when, sporting dreadlocks and his new nickname (also spelled Coco Tea), he began to carve a niche in dancehall reggae with producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes, hitting with ‘Rocking Dolly’, and ‘I Lost My Sonia’. Unlike other dancehall singers, he did not find it necessary to attempt to dominate a song with energy, instead preferring a subtler, more melodic approach. His 1984 album debut, Weh Dem A Go Do... Can’t Stop Coco Tea, suggested a great future, which proved to be correct as the late 80s albums Sweet Sweet Coco Tea, Cocoa Tea, The Marshall, and Come Again, established him further.

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