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Cocoa Review: Marley, Must See!

As a British Jamaican, needless to say Bob Marley means a lot to me. I can’t recall a time when his music wasn’t in my life. Some of my fondest memories are of the parties my family would have seemingly every week, with the smells of snapper fish, fried chicken, white rum and rice and peas wafting through the house. On the record player would be an endless collection of vinyl from Dennis Brown, The Cool Ruler AKA Gregory Issacs, Marcia Griffiths and calypso giant, Arrow. But there was always a healthy supply of Bob Marley records. A West Indian party wasn’t a party without at least three or four songs from Bob.

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April 2012: Dates for Your Cocoa Diaries


Sooo, the sun is finally making an appearance – yay! So that means ladies and gents, it’s time to discard those weighty winter coats, grab your Oysters and hit the streets to explore all that our city has to offer. Here are a few things I’d like to check out.

Tyrese – 12th April – Indig02

The one time I saw Tyrese live was at Brixton Academy in the early noughties. He spent most of the time teasing his mostly female audience by pretending to remove his shirt to give ladies a glimpse of those famous abs. I left the venue with my ears ringing, and no, not from the sound system, which is the usual case, but the frenzied screams of the fans. It’s a pity he spent most of his time on his strip tease shtick because he has an incredible voice. If you can withstand the gimmicks, tricks and Tyrese-ism (anyone who follows him on Twitter will know exactly what I mean), book your tickets here.

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