Jamaican reggae singer Cocoa Tea records Obama tribute song


cocoa_tea_obama.jpgReggae music has now got a voice in the American election campaign in the form of Coco Tea who is backing Senator Barack Obama with a new tune.

According to Associated Press news "This is not about class nor colour, race nor creed," the veteran dancehall crooner sings in a version posted on the video website Dailymotion. "It's about the changes, what the Americans need."

The song goes on to call Obama a "trendsetter" and urge Americans "to unite as one" behind him.

Cocoa Tea, whose real name is Calvin Scott, said Sunday the tribute song "Barack Obama" will be released this week by New York's VP Records.

"The young people who are supporting him want change and that's what he represents," said the singer, whose laid-back lyrical style made him a local star in the 1980s.

He becomes the second major Caribbean musician to endorse Obama in song, joining Trinidadian calypso star Mighty Sparrow who recently recorded a track titled "Barack the Magnificent."