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AlborosieThe first Italian reggae artist to be internationally recognised, Alberto D’Ascola (aka Alborosie) was born in Sicily in 1977. He formed his first band “Reggae National Tickets” in 1992 and they quickly reached success selling more than 200,000 records. They were the first Italian band to play at Sunsplash and Sumfest in Jamaica in the Nineties. After their success in Italy, Alborosie moved to Jamaica in 2000. His friendship with John Baker (ex-producer of Pm Dawn and member of Island Records) was decisive: he began to work in Baker’s Geejam studio in the Jamaican countryside and, little by little, he worked as a sound engineer and producer for international artists such as Wyclef, Angie Stone and Sisco. He also recorded Manu Chao and Nubians at the time of their visits on the island. Thanks to his talent as a producer, he managed the group Digicel Rising. After this experience, he labelled his first record Alborosie on his own label Forward Music in 2004. Despite some good tracks, most notably Burnin’ and Lootin with Ky-mani Marley, he would have to wait until 2006 to reach international recognition with Herbalist which was considered best song of the year by David Rodigan.

Alborosie becomes the first white artist to be distributed in Jamaica by Bob Marley’s label, Tuff Gong. Above his work as a producer (e.i. XXL Riddim, with the voices of Gentleman, Sizzla, Luciano, Ky-mani Marley), he continues his own recordings (hits like “Kingston town”, “Slam bam”, “Police”) and featurings with: U-Roy on “Precious”, Sizzla on “Meditation” and Gentleman on “Celebration”. His first solo album, “Soul Pirate”, was released in September 2008 under the Forward Recordings label. This first album was preceded by a limited edition distributed during the European tour. “Soul Pirate” voices the best reggae deejay in the world, David Rodigan, which samples his own track that made him famous in the world of reggae music. In 2009 Alborosie closed his own record label to begin working with Shang Yeng Clan studios, which launched the young artist I-eye with the single “Mama She Don’t Like You”. In 2009 Alborosie returned to Italy and Europe supported by “Shengen Clan Band” to present his new album, “Escape from Babylon”, presenting 16 exclusive tracks featuring famous artists such as Dennis Brown and Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage. “Escape from Babylon” was released by the legendary label, Greensleeves Records, founded in London in 1975 by Chris Sedgwick and Chris Cracknell. It was later purchased in 2008 by VP Records, which produced artists like Shabba Ranks, Sizzla, Dennis Brown, Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel alongside historical reggae anthems such as Sean Paul’s “Get Busy”, Shaggy’s “Oh Carolina” and Beenie Man’s “Who Am I”.

On August 28, the International reggae star will return with the dub version of his celebrated “Freedom & Fyah” album from last year titled “Freedom In Dub”. The distinctive production of these ten newly recorded dub mixes underscore Alborosie’s skill and credibility as a master of dub. All tracks are produced and (mostly) played by Alborosie and recorded at his Shengen studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

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