Cocoa Tea

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Cocoa Tea
Birth name Calvin George Scott
Born (1959-09-03) 3 September 1959 (age 56)
Rocky Point, Clarendon, Jamaica
Origin Hayes, Clarendon, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, dancehall
Instruments Vocals
Labels VP, Volcano, Cornerstone, Roaring Lion

Calvin George Scott (born 3 September 1959), better known as Cocoa Tea, is a Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer, songwriter, and DJ.[1]


Born Calvin George Scott in Rocky Point, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, Cocoa Tea began recording in 1983, working with producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes and having local hits with "Rocking Dolly" and "I Lost My Sonia".[2] His debut album, Weh Dem A Go Do, Can't Stop Coco Tea, was released in 1984.[2]

While he was popular in Jamaica during the 1980s, with a series of popular albums including Sweet Sweet Coco Tea, Cocoa Tea, The Marshall, and Come Again, he became successful worldwide only since the 1990s. One of his most famous songs is "Rikers Island", which was later put into a dub version by Nardo Ranks entitled "Me No Like Rikers Island" (featured on Dancehall Reggaespanol) which was released the same year as the original "Rikers Island". He also gained fame with the song "Young Lover". He gained notoriety in March 2008 after releasing a song titled "Barack Obama" in support of the US Presidential candidate by the same name. Cocoa Tea's song "Jah Made Them That Way" from his 1984 album Rocking Dolly interpolates "Human Nature" by Michael Jackson and "Answer Mi Question" by Dillinger.

He initiated the annual New Year's Eve events Dancehall Jam Jam in 2003; It ran until 2009, with plans to resurrect it in 2015.[3]

After recording for many of the top reggae labels including VP Records, Greensleeves Records and Ras Records, he started his own Roaring Lion label around 2000.[3]


  • Weh Dem A Go Do...Can't Stop Cocoa Tea (1984), Volcano
  • I Lost My Sonia (1985), Volcano
  • Settle Down (1985), Corner Stone
  • Mr. Coco Tea (1985), Corner Stone
  • Sweet Sweet Coco Tea (1985), Blue Mountain
  • The Marshall (1985), Jammy's
  • Cocoa Tea (1986), Jimpy's
  • Come Again (1987), Jammy's
  • Rikers Island (1991), VP
  • Rocking Dolly (1991), RAS
  • Authorized (1991), Greensleeves
  • Kingston Hot (1992), RAS
  • I Am the Toughest (1992), VP
  • One Up (1993), Greensleeves
  • Good Life (1994), VP
  • Sweet Love (1994), VP
  • Tune In (1994), Greensleeves
  • Can't Live So (1994), Shanachie
  • Come Love Me (1995), VP
  • Israel's King (1996), VP
  • Holy Mount Zion (1997), Motown
  • One Way (1998), VP
  • Unforgettable (2000), Roaring Lion
  • Feel the Power (2001), VP
  • Tek Weh Yuh Gal (2004), Kings of Kings
  • Save Us Oh Jah (2006), VP
  • Biological Warfare (2007), Minor7Flat5
  • Yes We Can (2009), Roaring Lion
  • In a Di Red (2012), VP
  • Sunset in Negril (2014), Roaring Lion
Split albums
  • 20 Tracks of Cocoa Tea (1991), Sonic Sounds
  • RAS Portraits (1997), RAS.
  • In His Early Days (1998), Corner Stone
  • Best Of (1999), Socadisc
  • Reggae Legends Vol 3 (1999), Artists Only
  • Kings of Reggae (2002), Nocturne
  • Live in Jamaica (2002), Sankofa
  • Reggae Anthology: The Sweet Sound of Cocoa Tea (2008), 17 North Parade
  • Reggae Legends (2009), 17 North Parade
  • The Best of Cocoa Tea (2012), Jammy's


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Cocoa Tea". AMG. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Cocoa Tea Blends Vocals, Social Conscience", Jamaica Gleaner, 5 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015
  3. ^ a b Campbell-Livingston, Cecelia (2014) "Cocoa Tea Looks to Sunset in Negril", Jamaica Observer, 1 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014

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