In the midst of this year’s “Rub-a-Dub Meets Dancehall” showdown at “Reeewind,” ace singers Sanchez and Coco Tea will be front and center on the Amazura stage to represent two distinct eras of Reggae music. Certainly, “Reeewind” is not set to be a clash — but things could get quite competitive when each singer unleashes their slew of hits on the massive.
The sweet, golden voice of Coco Tea will be only one of it’s sort featured on the Jah Love sound, as the vocalist will be surrounded by top DJs Capleton, Brigadier Jerry, Charlie Chaplin and General Trees. Together, Coco Tea and his team will give modern day Dancehall patrons a blast of what the music was like decades ago. The Jah Love camp will boldly display “Rub-a-Dub,” a time when selectors played riddims that were graced with the sweet vocals and coarse voices of Reggae music’s traditional superstars — otherwise known as live artists. Although Cocoa Tea is a great representative of the “Rub-a-Dub,” era, he is one of the few vocalists of this time period to experience commercial success in the Dancehall era.
Jah love, a sound system widely known for their cultural aspect, hard-hitting bass lines and clear message of the Rastafarian faith, will serve as the ideal backdrop for Coco Tea to let loose his massive, vintage catalog of songs that made him who he is today. “Sweet Sweet Coco Tea,” as many have come to call him, started his career in the Dancehall performing on a number of the industry’s top sound systems. It’s been quite a while since the singer has returned to his roots, the essence of short vocals blazing heavy bass lines in front of a roaring crowd. Undoubtedly, Cocoa Tea’s performance is highly anticipated.
Jamaica’s humming bird, Sanchez, will also stand tall as the only vocalist on his squad of top recording artists from the 80’s –including former camp mates Flourgan, Daddy Lizard and Red Dragon — formerly of Rambo Mango sound system. Sanchez will be backed by David Rodigan (a sound/radio hero of this era). And his team will be representing Dancehall, 80’s to be exact. Although Reggae music enthusiasts tend to compare the similarities of the early Dancehall and “Rub-a-Dub” eras, they have distinct differences. By the mid-80’s, the era in which Sanchez and his team culminated their careers, 45 recordings started to dominate the industry — a phenomenon that was foreign to the “Rub-a-Dub” era. Therefore, the performance of Sanchez and his team will be primarily characterized by hit recordings.
Reggae Dancehall fans have been afforded with the phenomenal vocals of Sanchez for more than two decades, as the singer has excelled in covering popular mainstream songs and converting them into Jamaican smashes! The singer has also brought some of his own penned songs/lyrics to the table — creating a bevy of hits for himself. Rated as one of the best and most popular Jamaican vocalists of Reggae/Dancehall music and culture, Sanchez has the power to thrill masses, simply by humming over a track.
Unlike other singers of the modern day Dancehall, both Sanchez and Coco Tea have the impeccable ability and talent to sing over any riddim a selector brings forth. Their versatility has allowed them to stand out among the best in their class. Again, this “REEEWIND” is not slated as a competition between the two, but it will be a memorable and historical comparison between two Golden eras of Jamaican music. Get your tickets, this year’s “Reeewind” will be history in the making!