Greetings to one and all,fresh of the Jamrock Reggae Cruise for 2017 and while there were so many amazing experiences,it was veteran artist Cocoa Tea that stole the show,taking performing to another level.
Born in the late 1950’s in Rocky Point Clarendon Jamaica, Cocoa Tea began to make waves in the Jamaican music scene in the mid 1980’s before breaking into the international scene in the early 1990’s.
I first heard the sweet sounds of Cocoa Tea in 1991 with the release of Rikers Island. His captivating riddims and sweet soulful voice was just captivating,and needless to say I have been a fan ever since,seeing him perform live was definitely a dream come true. His performance being the first of the crusie was felt with much anticipation ,and he did not disappoint. Performing a vast amount of hits from over the decades he had the crowd dancing and singing along in harmony.
His energetic stage presence and the quality and style in which he performed was so polished and perfect. Performing hit after hit I was in awe from beginning to end,but when he performed my favourite track,Good Life,it had dawned on me that this was something really special to experience. It was the consensus on board the ship that his performance was on another level and he had set the bar so high it would truly be hard for anyone to beat it. PURE REGGAE MAGIC!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Cocoa Tea while on the cruise. He was absolutely adorable,so very humble,happy to have a quick chat and take a photo, Finally seeing one of my favourite artists perform was one thing,but having the opportunity to meet him was pretty amazing. That’s the fun thing about the cruise,you just never know who you will literally bump into.
Love & Blessings
P.J. Cannon Jr.