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2003 Performers


Capleton &
Special Guest
Yami Bolo


Stone Love


Lost At Last
Hamsa Lila


The Wailers
Barrington Levy
Pablo Moses
Sister Carol
Leroy Sibbles
Johnny Clarke
Mikey Dread
Fully Fullwood Band


Stur-Gav HiFi w/
Brigadier Jerry
Mighty Crown


Medicine Drum
BrazilBeat Sound System


Prince Buster
Pato Banton
Warrior King
Twinkle Bros w/
Della Grant

Peter Rowan
Big Mountain


B-Side Players
Soul Majestic
Alma Melodiosa
Music Hours
Friday: 6 pm - Midnight;
Late show for 3-day ticket holders till 3am
Saturday: 11 am - Midnight;
Late show till 3am for 3-day ticket holders
Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm




















































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Yami Bolo - photo by Sister Yasmin
Photo by Sister Yasmin


Press Pass

Yami Bolo

YAMI BOLO was born Rolando Ephraim McLean on October 1, 1970 and grew up in Kingston 13. He acquired his stage name from a female acquaintance who noticed that he loved to eat; she mentioned that he was always "nyaming" on food and began calling him "Yami" in reference to that trait. The name stuck and he became Yami Bolo from that point on.

Yami began his career like many youth in Jamaica by singing in church groups. He was noticed by Sugar Minott in the mid 80s and began working with his set, Youth Promotion, performing with them and voicing specials for the sound. During this time he hooked up with Junior "Jux" Delgado, who guided the young Bolo and gave him the benefit of his extensive experience in the music business.

Yami’s first single, "When A Man’s In Love", broke in 1985 on Winston Riley’s Techniques label and rode the popular "Ring the Alarm" riddim made famous by Tenor Saw. His next single, again under Riley’s tutelage, was released the following year. That song, "Jah Made Them All", began to make people take notice of the still-teenaged Bolo.

During this time, Yami appeared in sound system shows with Stereo Mars sound and was captured on a live video session at a PNP rally singing over that sound.

In 1988, Yami renewed his association with Jux Delgado, and became part of Augustus Pablo’s Rockers outfit. With the Rockers crew he recorded great tracks like "Poor Man Cry" and a remake of Burning Spear’s "Door Peep" with the youths known as Ruffy and Tuffy.

In the years since, Yami has recorded with many producers including Niney the Observer, Trevor "Leggo Beast" Douglas, Tappa Zukie, Lloyd Hemmings and Sky High (of Sky High and the Mau Mau).

Yami is one of the youngest practictioners of the "Waterhouse" vocal style, made famous by Michael Rose and Junior Reid (and to a lesser extent by Don Carlos) and best illustrated by the sound of Black Uhuru in its many incarnations. Yami’s sound is perhaps closer to the Half Pint school of Waterhouse vocalization, but the roots of his vocal stylings still show the influence of the "stani nichi oy" warblings made famous by those Waterhouse singers mentioned above.

Perhaps Yami’s most famous (and exciting) record has to be his duet with Capleton, "Put Down Your Weapon" released in the late 90s on the Fateyes label. Not only did this single team Bolo with the hottest fya burn chanter of the time, but showcased his vocal style and delivery like no other song had.

Yami also contributed songs to the soundtrack of "Life and Debt", a film about the continuing dire economic crisis that Jamaica faces. He made a cameo appearance in the film walking the streets of Kingston singing "Be Still Babylon", a track from the Tappa Zukie produced album "Cool and Easy". The soundtrack album from the film, recently released on Tuff Gong includes another Yami Bolo song "Worldwide Corruption", instead of the song featured in the actual film.

Also recently released is a great album on the Roots Foundation label titled "Healing of All Nations", which features Yami Bolo singing in a fine style over revived riddims from the past. This is a must-hear album and one of Yami’s finest efforts to date, produced by Linval Thompson, and featuring hard hard riddims laid by original Roots Radic band.

- Jah Bill

Selected Discography:


Iniquity Worker/Version (Leggo 7")
Revolution/Version (Leggo 7")
Bring In the Gun/Version (Crown Star 7")
I Don’t Know Why/Version (Wacam 7")
Rough In the Ghetto/Version (Roof International 7")
Jah Fire Throne/Version (Roots Foundation 7")
with Sugar Minott: Rasta Soldier/Abortion (Patriot 12")
with Capelton: Put Down Your Weapon (Fateyes 7")


Cool and Easy (Tappa)
Produced: Tappa Zukie
Be Still Babylon
La Isla Bonita

Fighting For Peace (RAS)
Produced: Leggo Beast and Yami Bolo

Born Again (RAS)
Produced: Tappa Zukie
Dominion (version of Beres Hammond "Putting Up Resistance")

Jah Made Them All (Rockers International)
Produced: Augustus Pablo
showcase style LP featuring vocal version followed by dub version
Jah Made Them All (may be a remake of the original recorded with Winston Riley)
Tell Me Why Is This Fussing and Fighting

Yami Bolo Meets Lloyd Hemmings (Rockers International)
Many tracks in a showcase style featuring vocal version followed by dub version
Produced: Augustus Pablo
Bowl Must Fall
Poor Man Problem
Who Rule and dub version included

Healing of All Nations (Roots Foundation)
Produced: Linval Thompson
Haile Selassie and dub version included
Healing of All Nations
Trigga Happy Kid and dub version included

Various Artists Compilation LP/CDs:

Augustus Pablo Presents Rockers International Showcase (Ryko)
Produced: Augustus Pablo
Yami Bolo tracks:
Door Peep w/ Ruffy and Tuffy
Poor Man Cry

Marcus Garvey Chant (Sky High)
Produced: Sky High
Yami Bolo tracks:
Marcus Garvey Chant
Marcus Link With Selassie

Additional links for this artist:

Listen To The Music of Yami Bolo - Track List

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