Yami Bolo and The Skadanks

Monday, Sep 05, 2016 | 06:00 PM
Yami Bolo

Yami Bolo grew up in postal zone 13 of Kingston. His first work as a recording artist and performer was at the tender age of 12 years old with Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion Crew, he was Jamaica’s biggest child star of the decade. His first singles were released in 1986. He soon became a protégé of Augustus Pablo (melodica player and celebrated dub innovator) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1994, Yami’s hit song “When A Man’s In Love” was sampled by KRS and used in Mad Lion’s hit record, “Take It Easy.” Also in 1994, Bolo earned international acclaim from his collaboration with Japanese reggae performer, Kazafumi Mizayawa (Miya). Their Love Is Dangerous album sold 500,000 units in Japan. In addition, the duo's "Miya-Yami Project" earned the Japanese "Best Music Video '94" title. Yami’s catalogue is widely celebrated, hit songs like “Jah Made Them Yami’s catalogue is widely celebrated, hit songs like “Jah Made Them All,” covers and renditions like “Isn’t She Lovely” and “La Isla Bonita” and collaborations with artists like Capleton on “Put Down Your Weapon.” Yami's also featured on Damian Marley's 2001 Grammy Award winning album Halfway Tree (2002 Best Reggae Album). His Rastafarian inspired music is listened to around the world, particularly in reggae niche markets like Japan, Australia, Britain, France, USA and Germany. As an ambassador for reggae, Yami Bolo conducted Rastafari cultural studies at world-renowned universities, like SUNY in New York State and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.