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 Escape From Babylon – Alborosie’s debut album on Greensleeves Records


 Escape From Babylon – Alborosie’s debut album on Greensleeves Records is the realisation of this rising reggae star’s calling as a consummate singer / songwriter. A virtuoso from a very early age, Alborosie’s story starts in Italy where at 15 he becomes a founding member of a reggae band called Reggae National Ticket.  Signed to BMG Italia, they enjoyed huge success and record sales in excess of 200,000 units.  Already wanting to leave his “Italian Babylon” Alborosie decided to quit the band, get rid of all his possessions and move to Jamaica.  Looking to find a place he could call his spiritual home, Alborosie immersed himself more fully into the music, the people, the vibe and culture of the island.

“My destiny was to follow a journey similar to the early days of many great talents and musical legends before me”.

 It was tough at the beginning.  Alborosie found work in a studio working as a mixing engineer but struggled for a few years despite gaining a lot of experience.  A chance meeting with Gee Street Records founder, Jon Baker led to a steady gig as house engineer and producer for Jon’s Geejam Studios in Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica.  While at Geejam Alborosie became an ‘in-demand’ producer for several international artists and remixing music for J Records, Mario, Angie Stone, UB40, Manu Chao and Les Nubians (Virgin) to name a few.

 Alborosie then embarked on making a name for himself as a reggae artist.  Alborosie’s self-penned singles “Herbalist” and “Kingston Town” released in 2008 did well in Jamaica and across the waters in the UK with strong radio support.  A tour followed where Alborosie headlined major festivals in Europe (Rototom, Uppsala etc).  Meanwhile back in Jamaica artists were queuing up to work with him.  He released “Call On Jah” and “Rastafari Anthem” in late 2008 and collaborated with some of the island’s biggest artists including Luciano, Michael Rose, Morgan Heritage, Ky-Mani Marley, Jah Cure, Beenie Man and most recently with Etana on the superb “Blessings”.

 On his new album “Escape From Babylon”, Alborosie offers an exceptional album paying his respect to his heroes from Reggae’s golden age (Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse and Bob Marley) and infusing this timeless music with a touch of modern roots and dancehall. The lead single “Mama She Don’t Like You” is a humorous ska laden track with enough feelgood elements for a great crossover summer hit.  On the thought-provoking “America”, Alborosie sings about power, globalisation and war set against an upbeat rockers rhythm.  “One Sound”, a collaboration with Gramps from Morgan’s Heritage offers a powerful yet simple message: “One Love, One Heart, One Sound, One Destiny”.  On the closing “Likkle Africa”, a beautiful melodic song is stripped down to a Nyabinghi drum pattern.  Alborosie gives an impassioned chant:  “Only Jah can set my Africa free”.  We assume that the Escape From Babylon is still his final goal.  “Escape From Babylon” produced by Alborosie and C. “Specialist” Dillon stands as a classic album in the making with lush production and heartfelt song writing.  Just like Bob Marley and Burning Spear before him Alborosie hopes to join the pantheon of Reggae artists that have won a Grammy not from publicity and hype but from heartfelt song writing and simple beautiful music.

 Alborosie hits the road for a summer tour in support of “Escape From Babylon” with an extensive 45 date tour (June – August 2009). He is scheduled to appear at Italy’s Rototom Festival and there are also dates at major festivals in Germany, France, Scandinavia, Holland, Spain and London.  The hottest thing to come out of Sicily since Mount Etna, Alborosie is ready to erupt!

 Escape From Babylon : Departure 15 June 2009!






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