The tune I have selected for my Track of the Week is one that has been growing on me for a while now. It is Yami Bolo’s ‘No One’s Gonna Get It’, produced by the great Bobby Digital and released on his Digital B label in 1996 on the ‘Give I Strength’ rhythm.

This is a record I acquired some years back but only recently started to play regularly at home, then at my sessions. Its steady rhythm and sweet vocals go together to make a well-rounded tune for both reggae lovers and non-reggae lovers alike.  

The song is a reggae cover of ‘Get It’ which was originally done by Stevie Wonder and featured Michael Jackson. This collaboration appeared on Stevie’s ‘Characters’ album from 1988 and was also released as a single.

Yami’s unique delivery is what makes this tune so infectious. Yami Bolo is one of those child stars who have grown to be a modern day reggae icon, especially in the Roots and Culture market. Having started off with the Youth Promotion Crew under the tutelage of the late great Sugar Minott, he has developed a singing style that has many influences, but is completely his own at the same time.

I have been fortunate enough to chart Yami’s recording career from its conception, from when I brought his first single ‘When a Man’s In Love’ in 1985, to see him maintain a career spanning nearly 30 years and a slew of great recordings. Yami – someone is most definitely ‘gonna get it’!

More info:
No One’s Gonna Get It on Sound Quake

Mark Professor, (Wreck It Up Crew/ Stereocity Sound/ Soca Saga Boys/ The Reference Library, London)