Album review
Cocoa Tea
Roaring Lion-Walboomers Music

Tracking list

  1. Unforgettable
  2. Home
  3. Reggae Night
  4. Weh Di Drugs
  5. Here Comes The Rain
  6. Sunday Morning
  7. Scandal In The White House
  8. Loving Is Feeling Great
  9. Slavery
  10. Just Can't Get Over
  11. Naah Naah Africa
  12. Babylon Rahtid
  13. Things A Get Out A Hand
  14. Hottest Thing On The Block
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

Altough he recorded some records when he was still in his teens, Calvin Scott aka Cocoa Tea definitely emerged in the eighties when he teamed up with the late Henry "Junjo" Lawes. Unlike most Dancehall singers of those day he utilized a more subtler, melodic approach. In 1985 he delivered his excellent debut album "Can't Stop Cocoa Tea", which was followed by such fine albums as "The Marshall", "Come Again", "Rikers Island" and "Kingston Hot". At the end of the nineties Cocoa Tea opened his own recording studio in Clarendon, Jamaica, and founded his Roaring Lion" imprint.
"Unforgettable" is Cocoa Tea's first self-produced album on his own label and a solid set which features the hit singles "Unforgettable", "Scandal In The White House" and "Weh Di Drugs". The excellent title track "Unforgettable" is a tender reworking of a classic Nat King Cole tune, which Cocoa Tea turned into a tribute to his sorely missed departed spar Dennis "Emanuel" Brown. "Scandal in The White House" is a great effort - delivered over a nice reworking of Horace Andy's classic "Skylarking" riddim incorporating a heavy bassline laid by Anthony Anderson - of which nothing further needs to be said as the title of this tune speaks for itself. Also very enjoyable is "Weh Di Drugs", in which Cocoa Tea's delivers his spirited comment on certain unfounded charges in Barbados across the "Full Up" riddim, one out of many classic riddim tracks laid at Studio One. More classic Studio One riddims come to one's mind when spinning "Here Comes The Rain" and "Just Can't Get Over", which both happen to be fine lovers tunes. Besides the aforementioned tracks this set features some other pieces that deservedly get a regular "repeat" treatment : the nyabinghi flavoured "Home", the moving "Slavery", "Naah Naah Africa" across the Wailers' "Hypocrites" riddim and "Things A Get Out A Hand".

Teacher & Mr. T.