Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

RAS Portraits...Cocoa Tea
Cocoa Tea
RAS
CD
06-09-1997

Track list
  1. Rocking Dolly
  2. Bust outta hell
  3. Gotta know Rastafari
  4. Jah made them that way
  5. Kingston hot
  6. Dancehall night
  7. I lost my Sonia
  8. Pose up
  9. I'm going home
  10. Louisiana
  11. No wanted man
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Sweet voiced Cocoa Tea started his career while still a child in Kingston in 1974, singing on a couple of obscure records for producer Willie Francis under his real name Calvin Scott. In 1983 he cut some sides and an album for Junjo Lawes. "Rocking Dolly" and "I lost my Sonia" proved to be firm hits in the Jamaican reggae scene. Since the eighties Cocoa Tea has recorded for several top producers (Junjo Lawes, King Jammy, Fatis and Gussie Clarke). The 1989 album "Holding On" (with Shabba Ranks and Home T.) and the single "Pirate's Anthem" were huge Jamaican hits. The last years he's been working with Philip "Fatis" Burrell, releasing excellent roots and culture albums. His apparent reluctance to travel is holding Cocae Tea back from being a major star. This midprice album features tracks from his 1985 debut album, the 1992 set "Kingston Hot" and the album "Sweet Love", released in 1994. These albums were produced by Junjo Lawes. Cocoa Tea's distinctive voice, singing over strong riddims is , as always, a musical treat. A fine selection !