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.
Following his legendary appearance at Glastonbury Festival last year, Jimmy Cliff is set to return to the UK playing London's indigO2 on May 18th and the Birmingham Ballroom on May 20th.
Singer, songwriter, musician and actor, Jimmy Cliff will be performing all of his greatest hits including 'You Can Get It If You Really Want', 'The Harder they Come' (soundtrack to the film in which Jimmy starred) and 'Many Rivers To Cross'. The shows precede the release of his much-anticipated new album RE.BIRTH due this summer.
Tarrus Riley's latest project, 'Mecoustic' is set to be released in the Caribbean on September 25. The 15-track album will be a welcome treat to the palette of his established fans and will certainly 'whet' the appetite of those who have not yet fallen under his spell. Mecoustic is raw, soulful and skilfully works the artiste's sweet, nuance tenor with the pure and authentic sounds of instruments like the acoustic guitar, keyboards and Dean Fraser's unforgettable saxophone. Considered one of the most promising of second-generation Jamaican roots-reggae singers, Tarrus Riley's foray into the industry was inevitable. The talented singer and songwriter was always surrounded by music from an early age with veteran reggae singer Jimmy Riley as his father. Riley has learnt a lot by merely being in the environment of the music business. He caught on very quickly and made his recording debut as a teenager.
When Maxi Priest sits down and crosses his legs, his dreadlocks drape and curl around his body, hanging over one ankle and the edge of his chair. Though the singer was born and raised in England, they are a tangible reminder of his Jamaican heritage. He’s combined the two to produce his own distinctive (and very successful) brand of reggae fusion. In Sri Lanka to perform at the Hikkaduwa Music Festival (?) and the opening ceremony of the Sri Lanka Premier League, Maxi is also looking forward to watching some cricket. "I love the 20-20," he adds, "You know who my boy is? The one who bowls like this," he says, doing a creditable imitation of Lasith Malinga’s bowling action. "I think he’s great. He’s exciting. He’s brought a great energy to the game." Right now, Maxi is hot off the June release of his new album, which bears the self-explanatory title of ‘Maximum Collection.’ "It’s 36 songs from way back when to now," he says.
Newly formed reggae duo Skull and Haha released their first mini album YA MAN on July 30. The duo celebrated their album release with a showcase at the KT Olleh Square in Gwanghwamun on the same day, where they performed some of their new songs, including Waikiki Brothers and Busan Vacances. The two artists are close friends of the same age, and have already even performed on MBC TV′s Infinity Challenge, but to a lackluster reception. Although it is a fairly unknown genre of music in Korea, the two are back nontheless to spread their love for reggae once again. Entertainer and singer Haha has a personal love for reggae, while Skull is a renown reggae veteran both in Korea and in the US. Skull is currently working with Mariah Carey′s brother Morgan Carey to prepare for his next US tour and album.
THIRD World singer Bunny Rugs releases his latest solo album, Time, today. He says the 15-track set does not mean he is leaving the band."Third World has been and will always be my main focus, but I have always been doing individual projects over the years," he said Time was slated for release in June 2011 but Ruggs said he delayed it to avoid a clash of dates with Third World's album, Patriots. Time is released on Rugs' Raw Edge Productions label and distributed by VPAL, a subsidary of VP Records. It features Land We Love, a tribute to Jamaica's 50th year of Independence. Other tracks include Kurfew, Love is Blind, You're my Everything, and Thinking About You. Among the musicians and producers who worked on the project are Sly and Robbie, Dean Fraser, Mikey Bennett, Dean Pond, Rohan Dwyer, and Steven Stanley.Rugs' previous album, The Voice, was released in 2008