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From the vaults of Digital B: Cocoa Tea – Music Is Our Business

by | Mar 15, 2019 | News

Cocoa Tea- Music Is Our Business

From the vaults of Digital B: Cocoa Tea – Music Is Our Business

“Music Is Our Business” brings together fifteen Cocoa Tea singles and five previously unreleased master recordings from Bobby Dixon’s Digital B label, recorded between 1987 and 2003. The tracks represent a peak creative period in Cocoa Tea’s career and his work with one of reggae’s greatest producers.

Out on CD, Vinyl and all Digital Platforms on March 15, 2019.

Tracks

1. Easy Nuh
2. Things In Life
3. Ready Again
4. Smile
5. She Is My Baby
6. Greedy Boy
7. War And Crime
8. Magnet And Steel
9. Lonesome Side
10. How Dem Flex
11. Mus Get A Blye
12. Stand Up Straight
13. Wicked Man
14. Declaration Of Rights
15. No Push Over
16. Waiting in Vain
17. I’m Not A King
18. Come On Home
19. Hurry Over
20. Big City Soul Medley: Another Saturday Night/Under the Boardwalk/Up On the Roof

Tracks featured on “Music Is Our Business” include a previously unreleased cover of Dennis Brown’s “Things In Life”, an early digital reggae scorcher from 1987 called “Lonesome Side”, a previously unreleased cover of the Abyssinians’ anthemic “Declaration of Rights”, and Cocoa Tea’s popular cover of Bob Marley’s “Waiting In Vain.”

Cocoa Tea, born Calvin George Scott, started recording in 1982 for producer Henry Junjo Lawes, breaking out with “I’ve Lost My Sonia” and a follow-up track, “Rocking Dolly,” celebrating the Jamaican love of the motorcycle. The latter was manufactured and distributed by VP on Lawes’ Volcano label, as was his second LP “Weh Dem A Go Do’. After a decade of success for various producers, King Jammy would bring Cocoa Tea back to VP with the LP “I Am The Toughest” in 1991, followed by a series of productions by Fatis Burrell including “Good Life” in 1994, featuring the title track, one of his most popular ever. VP also released “The Sweet Sound Of Cocoa Tea” in 2008, a double LP/CD Reggae Anthology compilation of Cocoa Tea’s top career tracks.

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