Alborosie

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It was Jamaica that gave birth to reggae music and introduced it to the world. Roots, dancehall, lovers and dub all form part of the authentic reggae expression and no one embraces these styles with such reverence, joy and vibrancy as Alborosie, who’s currently one of the most in-demand names on Planet Reggae.

Real name Alberto D’ Ascola, this 43 year-old Sicilian with the waist-long dreadlocks is more than just a singer. He’s also a gifted musician, arranger and producer – one who plays virtually everything you hear on his records.

A former musical prodigy, he was born in Messina but relocated to Milan as a teenager where he played in a variety of bands – most notably Reggae National Tickets, who enjoyed popularity throughout Europe during the mid-to-late nineties. As the Millennium approached, the Tickets performed in Jamaica and the island immediately enveloped Alborosie in its spell, prompting him to jump ship and take a job as engineer at Gee Jam studios in Port Antonio – a tropical hideaway on Jamaica’s north coast where Amy Winehouse, No Doubt and many other foreign and local stars like to record.

It was at Gee Jam where Alborosie honed his craft and made the connections that would enable him to become one of reggae music’s biggest names – not through gimmicks, but due to the fact he was making songs of such power and relevance. His breakthrough hits included self-produced songs like “Herbalist,” “Kingston Town” and a cover of Black Uhuru’s “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” which he issued on his own Forward label. All were steeped in old school reggae vibes and inspired by everyday life in Jamaica. A debut album, Soul Pirate, soon followed and brought him to the attention of Greensleeves, who released his second set, Escape From Babylon. Like its predecessor, Escape From Babylon was ablaze with old school references. Alborosie says that’s because he was born in the seventies and is therefore “a vintage guy” himself. By his own admission, he identifies more with veterans than younger contemporaries and describes his own Shengen studio – named after the visa Jamaicans need to visit Europe – as “a museum.” That’s because it’s full of period-piece equipment, including King Tubby’s original two-track tape machine. He proudly lists these in the credits of Dub Clash – an instrumental set recorded for his own label and released at the same time as the Tamlins’ Re-Birth, which he again produced.

 

 

Albums

For The Culture

Back A Yard Dub

Alborosie Meets Roots Radics – Dub For The Radic

Unbreakable – Alborosie Meets The Wailers United

Full Discography

 


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