Veteran reggae singer, Cocoa Tea, has been added to the line-up of the R&B Reggae concert to be staged on December 27 and which features as headline act, the legendary R&B group, Atlantic Starr.
Scheduled to be held at the Golf Academy in New Kingston, the concert will also showcase the talents of reggae heavyweights Ken Boothe and Derrick Harriott, and according to the promoters, having Cocoa Tea in the mix is “ideal”.
“From the planning stages, we had Cocoa Tea as one acts who we definitely wanted to sign for this event. However, he wasn’t available initially, but he was subsequently able to work something out. When Cocoa Tea called to say he could do the show, we were ecstatic,” a member of the organizing committee disclosed.
They will be supported by talented cast which includes Digicel Rising Stars alums Noddy Virtue, Nikiesha Barnes, Jodian Pantry, current Rising Stars winner, T-Rizzy, Breezy McKenley and Roc Riva. All artistes will be backed by Lloyd Parks and We the People Band.
Cocoa Tea, whose real name is Calvin Scott, is one of Reggae’s most talented and versatile artistes, also wearing the caps of song-writer, producer and promoter. His smooth, easy-going vocal presentations have become his trademark, earning him wide international acclaim; with songs like “Lost My Sonia,” “Tune In” and “Rocking Dolly,” becoming world anthems in Reggae land.
Admired and respected for his fine, conscious recordings, the Rastafarian singer has been performing all over the world since 1984, with extensive tours to the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Japan. Locally he remains a staple on all major concerts. He has recorded for many of the top reggae labels including VP Records, Greensleeves Records and Ras Records. In 2000, he started his own Roaring Lion label which has released many songs for Cocoa Tea and other reggae/dancehall acts.
Cocoa Tea, who earned his stage name, because of his love for hot cocoa tea, attributes his inspiration to Jah. According to his biography, his aim is to be a role model, a source of learning and inspiration, like the great Bob Marley, whom he so admires. He says, “If one of my songs can be remembered and or quoted, and be of inspiration or guidance to anyone, then I shall be forever happy with my contribution musically.”
The R&B Reggae Concert is sponsored by the RJR Communications Group, Kool 97 FM, KLAS FM, Newstalk 93 FM, Suncity 104.9, Beaumont’s Car Rentals, Supermed Pharmacy, Mighty I Entertainment, Champion Customs Brokers and Border Patrol Security.