The Best of Cocoa Tea (1984-1994) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 77

Cocoa Tea’s voice is smooth and easy-going, yet very powerful. He was one of the most popular artists in Jamaica during the 1980s and went on to international stardom in the 1990s.

77 - Reggae Lover Podcast - The Very Best of Cocoa Tea (1984 - 1994)

77 – Reggae Lover Podcast – The Very Best of Cocoa Tea (1984 – 1994)

This episode focuses mostly on selections from his early catalog – songs released on the Volcano, Jammy’s and VP record labels from 1984 to 1994. This is sweet sweet Cocoa Tea!

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Diseases Riddim Hits Mix | Reggae Lover Episode 66

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Diseases Riddim Mix | Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound | Episode 66

The Diseases riddim, which is sometimes referred to or known as the Golden Hen riddim is featured here.

I call it the Worries in the Dance Riddim, but the original version of the instrumental was used for the song entitled “Mad Mad Mad” produced in the 1960s by Coxsone Dodd for his Studio One label featuring Alton Ellis on the main vocals. Therefore the original name of this riddim is Mad Mad Mad.

This mix starts with Mad Mad Mad by Alton Ellis and goes all the way to Sizzla in the end. Thank you for listening to the #ReggaeLoverPodcast

PLAYLIST:

  1. Alton Ellis – Mad Mad Mad
  2. Louie Lepke – Jamaica On My Mind
  3. Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round It
  4. Dennis Brown – Coming Home Tonight
  5. Don Carlos – I’m Not Crazy
  6. Linval ThompsonLook How Me Sexy
  7. Frankie Paul – Sindie
  8. Frankie Paul – Worries In The Dance
  9. Sister Nancy – Ain’t no Stopping Nancy Now
  10. Anthony B – Fire Bun Now
  11. Yellowman – I’m Getting Married
  12. Yellowman – I’m Getting Divorced
  13. Toyan – Barry G
  14. Sister Nancy – Coward of the Country
  15. Michael Palmer – Lick Shot
  16. Half Pint – Soul Mate
  17. Tenor Saw – Golden Hen
  18. Shinehead – Rough and Rugged
  19. Cocoa Tea – I’ve Lost My Sonia
  20. Michigan and Smiley – Diseases
  21. Josey Wales – Leggo Me Hand Gateman
  22. Iba Mahr – Set Away
  23. Bugle – Same Game
  24. Sizzla – Sekkle Dung

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The Dominance of King Jammy and Biltmore Era Riddims

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Reggae Lover Podcast 39The episode commences with the Sly and Robbie produced version of the Randy Newman song,

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The episode commences with the Sly and Robbie produced version of the Randy Newman song, “Baltimore” from 1979 sung by The Tamlins. Courtney Melody and Dennis Brown follow with big tunes on the Baltimore Riddim before the hit from mighty King Jammys catalog, Dennis Brown’s “The Exit.”

Wayne Fire’s “Sexy Body” (1991) and “Come Down” by Super Cat from 1988 on the Wild Apache label launch the mix into the late 1980s. Listen for a Kenneth Hoo Kim produced version of the Hypocrite riddim released in 1984, and then almost every song after that point involves producers Bobby Digital, Steely and Clevie, and/or King Jammys.

The highlight is the Duck aka Duck Dance riddim from 1988. This was a time when Jammy’s label usually had 10 out of the top 20 songs on Jamaica’s charts and Admiral Bailey was the dominant artist in dancehall and on stage shows.

Tracklist

1 The Tamlins – Baltimore
2 Courtney Melody – In The Streets
3 Dennis Brown – The More I Excel
4 Dennis Brown – The Exit
5 Wayne Fire – Sexy Body
6 Super Cat – Come Down
7 Wayne Smith – Karma Chameleon
8 Tony Tuff – Gone Clear
9 Don Angelo – Settlement
10 Earl Sixteen – Come A Long Way
11 Midnight Rider – Hypocrite
12 Pad Anthony – Rub A Dub A Play
13 Johnny Osbourne – Gentle Is The Sound
14 Derrick Parker – My Heart Is Gone
15 Singing Melody – Hurry Back Home
16 Shabba Ranks – Gal Yuh Good
17 Shabba Ranks – Pay Down Pon It
18 Little Twitch – Watch Your Friends Them
19 Anthony Malvo – Run For Your Life
20 Josey Wales – Stamp Out
21 Tiger – The Dam Thing
22 Ninja Man – More Reality
23 Admiral Bailey – Them Have Fe Wait
24 Papa San – Style and Fashion
25 Chaka Demus – Bad Bad Shaka
26 Flourgon – Bounce
27 Red Dragon – Duck Dance
28 Singing Melody and Johnny P – Say You Love Me Baby
29 Bunny General – Must Get Defeat
30 Johnny P – Sound A Sound
31 Cocoa Tea and Charlie Chaplin – Lets Give Thanks
32 John Mouse – Me A Me
33 Chevell Franklyn – No One In The World
34 Lady Venus – Best Friend A Gi You Bun
35 Clement Irie – Loving
36 Johnny P – Cut Up
37 Lady Patra – Gun Inna Panty
38 Ninja Man – Heartical Don

Essential Reggae Riddims that Originated at Studio One

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studio1_Sir Coxsone Dodd‘s legacy is large and in charge here at the Reggae Lover Podcast. This episode was created to feed the demand for more Studio 1 sounds. Listen for remakes of foundation riddims like Far East, Boops, Entertainment, Love Bump, and more.

Playlist:

1 Wayne Wonder – Can’t Test Highlanda (dub plate)
2 Lady Ann – Informer
3 Yami Bolo – The Father Vex And Strike Back
4 Robert French – Meet Me By The River
5 Icho Candy – Selassie I
6 Tristan Palmer – Entertainment
7 Amazin Papa G (R.B.I Crew) – Miss Good Looking (dub plate)
8 White Mice – True Love
9 Andrew Bell – Listen To The Words (dubplate)
10 Mikey Melody – Highlanda A Big Bad Sound (dubplate)
11 Johnny Slaughter – Confusion
12 Gregory Isaacs – Lead Me
13 Cocoa TeaRikers Island
14 Sanchez featuring Bounty Killer – Searching
15 J.C. Lodge – Love Rewind
16 Maxi Priest – Bonafied Love
17 Sanchez – Rearrange My Live
18 Gregory Isaacs – Greedy For You Love
19 Singing Melody featuring Mad Cobra – Your Wish
20 Busy Signal – Dem Nuh Care
21 Busy Signal – Dat Me Love
22 Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life

Sugar Minott and Friends: Reggae Dancehall from the 80s and 90s

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The Godfather of dancehall, the late Sugar Minott is joined by singers Al Campbell, Leroy Smart, Half Pint, Cocoa Tea, Anthony Malvo, Chuck Turner, and Trevor Sparks from the 1980s in this mix of crucial selections which also features the toasting of DJs like Charlie Chaplin, Josey Wales, Shabba Ranks, Admiral Bailey, Lieutenant Stitchie,  and Daddy Lizard in addition to giants from the 1990s dancehall reggae era such as Sanchez, Garnett Silk, Luciano, and Bounty Killer.

Sugar-Minot

Tracklist:

1    Sugar Minott – Dancehall Stylee
2    Charlie Chaplin and Sugar Minott – 4 Wheel Wheelie
3    Sugar Minott – Frontline
4    Luciano, Josey Wales and Charlie Chaplin – Rebel With A Cause
5    Sugar Minott – Jah Is On My Side
6    Al Campbell – They Talk About Love
7    Charlie Chaplin – Diet Rock
8    Josey Wales – Undercover Lover
9    Josey Wales – You Nuh Wrong Fe Send Come Call Me
10  Beres Hammond – Full Attention
11  Sugar Minott – Run Things
12  Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going
13  Sugar Minott – Bubbling
14  Sanchez – Don’t Worry
15  Garnett Silk – Its Growing
16  Leroy Smart – Some A Talk Friend
17  Half Pint – Substitute Lover
18  Santana (Dub) – Dead Tonight
19  Sugar Minott – Buy Off The Bar
20  Josey Wales – Leggo Me Hand
21  Cocoa Tea – I’ve Lost My Sonia
22  Anthony Malvo and Daddy Lizard – Greatest Gal Lover
23  Trevor Sparks – Bye Bye Love
24  Josey Wales – Grooving
25  Admiral Bailey – Old Time Something
26  Shabba Ranks – Get Up Stand Up And Rock
27  Bounty Killer – Inspired By God
28  Anhtony Malvo – Bad Minded People
29  Cornell Campbell – Mix Up Family
30  Super Black – Got To Be Careful
31  Johnny Osborne – On The Right Track
32  Al Campbell – Easy Loving
33  Chuck Turner – I Need You
34  Cocoa Tea – Come Again
35  Pinchers – Champion Bubbler
36  Little John – Block Traffic
37  Lt. Stitchie – Wear Yuh Size
38  Josey Wales – Whole Heap Of Corn

English: Sugar Minott performing at the 2008 W...

English: Sugar Minott performing at the 2008 Winnipeg Ska and Reggae Festival. (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bass Odyssey 25th with Cocoa Tea, Stone Love, Metro + more (audio download)

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Bass Odyssey Sound System celebrates 25 years with Jamaica's first sound system festival on August 8, 2014 in Richmond, St. Ann. Next year's staging on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

Bass Odyssey 25th Anniversary (audio download below)

Bass Odyssey Sound System celebrated 25 years with their first sound system festival on August 8, 2014 in Richmond, St. Ann. Sentinel from Germany joined Killamanjaro (Ricky Trooper makes a cameo appearance), Renaissance with Jazzy T, Metro Media with Skyjuice, Stone Love and Bass Odyssey in the juggling duties.  Sweet singing veteran Cocoa Tea blesses the stage alongside Singing Melody. Next year’s staging on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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Bass Odyssey with selector Worm alongside DJ Lexxy

Shabba Ranks Greatest Hits MP3 Download

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This is an episode of the syndicated Reggae Lover podcast produced for promotional purposes by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format. 

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Shabba Ranks

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The only dancehall artist to win the Grammy award in consecutive years, Shabba Ranks paved the way for all who came after him.  I omitted overly violent or slack lyrics here.  

This mix was requested by the Brooklyn, New York-based, AGARD, a fellow DJ and #reggaelover.

TRACKLIST

1 Heart Of A Lion
2 Respect
3 Flag Flow High featuring Cocoa Tea
4 Just Reality
5 Time Is Red featuring Cocoa Tea
6 Love Me Truly featuring Cocoa Tea
7 Don’t Follow Rumors featuring Carlton Livingston
8 Live Blanket
9 Housecall featuring Maxi Priest
10 Peanie Peanie
11 No Bother Dis Soundboy
12 Girls Wine
13 Golden Touch featuring Kadian Dixon
14 Roots and Culture
15 Kushungpeng featuring Mikey Spice
16 Champion Lover featuring Deborahe Glasgow
17 Don’t Test Me featuring Deborahe Glasgow
18 God Bless
19 Real Real featuring Thriller U
20 Best Baby Father
21 Caan Dun
22 Gal Yuh Good
23 Can’t Do The Work
24 Ting A Ling
25 Trailer Load

Cocoa Tea Confirmed for Bass Odyssey’s 25th Anniversary

Cocoa Tea, King Jammys, Stone Love, Renaissance, Sentinal, Metro Media, Bass Odyssey

Cocoa Tea, King Jammys, Stone Love, Renaissance, Sentinel, Metro Media, Bass Odyssey

Lovers Rock Reggae Anthems Freestyle Mix

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Empress of Reggae Marcia Griffiths

A true freestyle mix of lovers rock anthems from throughout the years, hear music from Bob Marley and Gregory Isaacs to I-Wayne and Tanya Stephens.

SONG LIST

1 Beres Hammond – Step Aside
2 Richie Stephens – Should I
3 The Meditations – A Woman Is A Shadow
4 Marcia Griffiths – Truly
5 Sizzla – Words of Devine
6 Dennis Brown – Love Got A Hold On Me
7 Razah – One In A Million
8 Tanya Stephens – Big Heavy Gal
9 Tanya Stephens – Its A Pity
10 Gregory Issacs – Night Nurse
11 The Chosen Few – Minstrel and Queen
12 Dawn Penn – You Don’t Love Me
13 Sizzla – Just One Of Those Days
14 Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly
15 Junior Kelly – Love So Nice
16 Beres Hammond – Tempted To Touch
17 Tony Rebel – Fresh Vegetable
18 Sanchez – Im Missing You
19 Gregory Isaacs – Love is Overdue
20 U-Roy – Love is Overdue Pt. II
21 Half Pint – Substitute Lover
22 Cocoa Tea – Love Me Truly
23 Sanchez – Fall In Love
24 Tony Curtis – Love Should Have Brought You Home
25 Tanya Stephens – You Don’t Know
26 Daville – Lovers and Friends
27 Daville featuring Sean Paul – Always On My Mind remix
28 Junior Kelly – Sunshine
29 Estelle featuring Sean Paul – Come Over remix
30 Buju Banton – Love Black Woman
31 Buju Banton – Love Me Brownin
32 Courtney Melody – Modern Girl
33 Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths – Always Together
34 Kashief Lindo – No Can Do
35 Cocoa Tea – Lonesome Side
36 Marcia Griffiths – All My Life
37 Leroy Gibbons – Four Season Lover
38 Tony Curtis – Sweet Lady
39 Taurus Riley – She’s Royal
40 Barrington Levy and Cutty Ranks – My Woman
41 Dennis Brown – Hold On To What You’ve Got
42 Freddie McGregor – Loving Pauper
43 Bob Marley featuring Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low
44 I-Wayne – I Need Her In My Arms
45 Garnett Silk – All The Woman That I Need
46 Chevelle Franklyn – Good Love
47 Papa San – Strange
48 Inner Circle – Sweat
49 Barrington Levy – Too Experience
50 Errol Dunkley – Movie Star

Dancehall Time Travelling Back to the 80s and 90s #ReggaeLover

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My passion for, and in-depth knowledge of the 1980s dancehall reggae era is displayed in Reggae Lover #10 as incredibly authentic selection is combined with shockingly consistent mixing. The episode starts out with reality tunes and then transitions to lovers rock with the tempo gradually increasing throughout.

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Supercat, Nicodemus, Junior Demus – Cabin Stabbin’ (Classic 1990 Album cover)

Reality Tunes
1 Anthony Johnson – Gunshot
2 Philip Frazer – Morning Mr. Officer
3 Early B – Take Up Your Bible
4 Michael Palmer – Lickshot
5 Michigan and Smiley – Diseases
6 Beenie Man – Dont Dis Me
7 Tenor Saw – Golden Hen
8 Shinehead – Rough and Rugged
9 Barrington Levy – Money Move
10 Cocoa Tea and Ninja Man – Kingston Hot
11 Admiral Tibet, Ninjaman, and Shabba Ranks – Serious Times
12 Courtney Melody – Down In The Dancehall
13 Super Black – Bad Bwoy Gone A Jail
14 Cocoa Tea – Nah Look No Work
15 Conroy Smith – Dangerous
16 Buju Banton – Mass Murderer
17 Bounty Killer – Inspired By God
18 Super Cat – Teach Dem Something
19 Josey Wales – Hustling
20 Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea and Home T – Pirates Anthem
21 Mighty Diamonds – Heavy Load
22 Gregory Isaacs – Rumors
23 Lady G – Nuff Respect
24 Sebastian – Bad Boy
25 Wayne Wonder and Don Yute – Sensi Ride
26 Luitenant Stitchie – Almighty God
27 Colin Roach – Johnny Too Bad
28 Eccleton Jarrett – Kill A Sound
29 Pad Anthony – Death To A Sound
30 Colin Roach – Champion Sound
31 Knight Rider – Bad Boy Steppin’
32 Tiger – Bam Bam
33 Lieutenant Stitchie – Great Ambition
34 Little Twitch – Respect Due
35 General Trees – Road Code
36 Hammermouth – The Great
Lovers Tunes
37 Leroy Sibbles – Need You Beside Me
38 Ansel Collins – Carried Away
39 Leroy Gibbon – Four Season Lover
40 Shabba Ranks – Original Fresh
41 Admiral Bailey and Chaka Demus – One Scotch
42 SuperCat – Boops
43 Thriller U – My Love
44 Jennifer Lara – I’ll Give You Love
45 Is It Love – Anthony Malvo
46 Cocoa Tea – Saturday Night
47 Frankie Paul – I Know The Score
48 Sanchez – End Of The World
49 Sanchez – Love Songs
50 Sanchez – Sad Songs
51 Courtney Melody – Bad Boy
52 Daddy Lizard – A Fi Fly Out
53 Supercat, Nicodemus, Junior Demus – Cabin Stabbin’
54 Dean Fraser – Can’t Run Sax
55 Pinchers – Loving That You Want
56 Gregory Isaacs – Bits and Pieces
57 Leroy Gibbons – Why Are You Going Away
58 Frankie Paul – Sara
59 What One Dance Can Do Version
60 Tenor Saw – No Work On Sunday
61 Johnny Osbourne – Rock A Dub
62 Sugar Minott – Cool Down
63 Beres Hammond – What One Dance Can Do
64 Audrey Hall – One Dance Can’t Do