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Adouble-bill of authentic Jamaican reggae gets the lead spot this week af-af ter a rather barren period for Caribbean music.

One of Kingston's most successful artists of the last 20 years, Yami Bolo, is joined by the Sons Of Dub featuring Addis Pablo in high-calibre roots reggae show at the Cluny next Wednesday night.

e Caribbean island, with a population shy of three million, punches way above its weight on the international music scene and the genre has risen in popularity as it has mutated from the early days of mento through ska and bluebeat to the multiple strands of modern reggae. Since the 60s heyday, the music has remained popular right across the globe despite the demise of many of its iconic gures.

Like the blues, many of the recognised and most inuential performers have succumbed to the passage of time but the inherent potency of the music ensures that it will always thrive.

Yami Bolo is in his early forties and hence follows in the slipstream of many of reggae's key gures. He learned from one of them when he was part of Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion crew (with the late Tenor Saw) in the mid-80s.

Kingston-born Yami Bolo (real name Rolando Ephraim McLean) has around 20 albums to his name but in the true reggae tradition he has had more recognition for his single releases - Struggle In Babylon, for example - several of which were produced by Augustus Pablo (more on him later).

As a raw but talented 17-year-old he toured with Pablo's Rockers crew and that was the start of his rise in the public consciousness.

Bolo subsequently had huge success in Japan when the album Love Is Dangerous, which he made with Japanese artist Miya, sold over half a million copies. He also contributed to the Grammy-winning album, Half-Half way Tree, by Damian Marley (son of Bob) and has recorded with Lloyd Hemmings, Junior Delgado and ird World.

Yami Bolo is quite a scoop for promoters Boss Sounds, because the following month Bolo appears at highprole shows in Trinidad, California and New York. Next Wednesday, though, he is in the Ouseburn at the Cluny.

Also on the bill is the son of the aforementioned musician/producer, Augustus Pablo. Addis Pablo is in his mid-twenties and carries the ame rst lit by his inuential father. His album of last year, In My father's House, tells its own tale but the release followed a string of distinctive singles.

His use of the melodic is one of several similarities with his father who established an enduring place in the reggae pantheon with his album King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown (in the late 1970s) which the AA Music guide described as the "nest example of dub ever recorded".

Augustus Pablo's inuence lives on, of course, not least through these two performers and this gig is one of two irresistible reggae shows, the other being Max Romeo in early May at the same venue.

Sunday night in the Cluny, there is another chance to catch the hard-travellin' Newcastlebased six-piece, Rob Heron & His Tea Pad Orchestra.

e boys bend the old Western swing sound - North East swing they've called it - and manage to incorporate some gypsy-jazz, hokum, country and early blues all delivered with some archly original lyrics.

e band's last album, Talk About e Weather (2014), has ample evidence of their versatlility and wit. Subject matter, often topical, can range from the "great re of Byker" to love, drink and the weather and may even extend to last week's much-publicised but partially obscured (in this region at least) solar eclipse. Who knows? Anything is possible at a TPO live show.

e sextet, not content with delivering their own set of surprises, have several friends along to make the night a special one. Daniel Meade & His Flying Mules plus Strange Blue Dreams make for a full and no doubt diverse evening's enter-


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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2015
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