Reggae Italia - Rub-a-dub soldier


Friday, May 10, 2013

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After reaching out to fans with commercial albums like 2 Times Revolution, Italian reggae artiste Alborosie says he wanted to go back to basics with his fourth studio effort, Sound The System.

The album, which will be distributed by Greensleeves Records, is scheduled for a June 17 release.

It hears collaborations with Ky-Mani Marley (Zion Train), The Abyssinians (Give Thanks) and Italian singer Nina Zilli (Goodbye).

According to Alborosie, he has a passion for vintage recording equipment and that is evident on the new album.

"Sound The System is a roots rub-a-dub album. It sound very vintage; that is my style from the beginning of my career," he told Splash.

Alborosie's previous album, 2 Times Revolution, earned him the 2011 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award for Best Reggae Album.

Presently, he is working on two dub albums. One is a version of Sound The System while the other is produced by Lloyd 'King Jammys'James.

Born Alberto D' Ascola in Sicily, the 34-year-old singer formed his first band, Reggae National Tickets, in 1992. Thirteen years ago, Alborosie moved to Jamaica and befriended producer Jon Baker, a protégé of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and principal of the Geejam studio in Port Antonio, Portland.

Initially, he worked there as a sound engineer and producer for artistes such as Wyclef, Angie Stone and Sisqó.

Since launching his solo career, Alborosie has released hit songs such as Kingston Town and Jah Jah Blessing (with Etana).

He has also developed a strong following throughout Europe and Latin America.

Alborosie begins promotion for Sound The System on June 28 with a show in Paris, France.

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