Alborosie & The Shengen Clan
Sicilian reggae artist Alborosie refers to himself as the Italian Reggae Ambassador, building on a lifelong love of roots reggae and slowly becoming one of the more unlikely dancehall and reggae stars in Jamaica. The son of a retired police officer, Alborosie taught himself to play guitar, bass, drums, and piano. By 1993, when he was just 15, he was playing in the Italian reggae band Reggae National Tickets, billing himself as Stena. In 2001, he decided to leave the group for a solo career, and moved to Jamaica to be closer to the musical culture that had so inspired him. It wasn\\\'t an easy move, and the singer even got his moniker by affixing the \\\"Al\\\" from his name to the derogatory Jamaican term \\\"Borosie,\\\" a sharper reading of \\\"jerk\\\" that got thrown at him a lot early on in his new home of Kingston. He began work as a sound engineer and producer, participating in projects by artists like Ky-Mani Marley, while still continuing to work and develop his own material. He released his first solo album, Soul Pirate, in 2008, which generated a lot of positive critical attention internationally. He followed it a year later in 2009 with Escape from Babylon, which continued to build his fan base. 2 Times Revolution appeared in 2011, while Sound the Systemlanded in 2013. (A dub version of the latter album, Dub the System, landed later that year.) The year 2014 saw a pair of compilations: Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends rounded up the singer\\\'s early singles, while Sound the System Showcase collected a set of remixes. A 2015 dub album Dub of Thrones found Alborosie getting the royal dub treatment from King Jammy. His 2016 effort, Freedom & Fyah, added more electronics, dub, and dubstep to the mix, along with guest appearances from Protoje and Ky-Mani Marley. 2018\\\'s Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United was one of the singer\\\'s best-received albums to date, featuring collaborations with J Boog, Jah Cure and of course members of the Wailers. The album rose to the Top Ten of Billboard’s reggae charts. Artist Biography by Steve Leggett
ALBOROSIE & THE SHENGEN CLAN with Arise Roots @ The Upstairs Cabaret
Fri. November 15th 7pm - 10p, doors at 6:30pm $25 - $29.50 advance
After ten long years in the making, Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society is proud to announce the confirmation of Alborosie & Shengen Clan to Victoria for the first time on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at Upstairs Cabaret. This will be the band’s first ever Western Canadian appearance.
Tickets on sale on Monday, September 23rd at 9am PST on ticketweb.ca, Lyle's Place & Vinyl Envy (Note Lyle's Place is closed on Mondays). Tickets will also be available soon at Area 51 in Duncan and Lucid in Nanaimo.
Alborosie is a shining example of a person that defied the odds with sheer determination, heart and raw talent. Born in Marala, Sicily, Alberto D'Ascola is a versatile musician that plays guitar, drums and keyboards in addition to being a world renowned singer and living legend.
He was first a part of a successful Italian reggae band called “Reggae National Tickets” in the early 90s. After almost ten years with that band his love for reggae and desire to be closer to the Rasta culture, brought Alborosie to the Island of Jamaica, in 2001.
While in Jamaica despite being first tagged with the name “Borosie,” (a name with a negative connotation) D’Ascola used the skills and experience he built prior to his arrival to work as a sound engineer with artists such as Ky-mani Marley and Wyclef. In tandem working with those artists, Alborosie launched his solo career. Long after moving to Jamaica Alborosie said in an interview, “I never came here to be popular. I never wanted to top the charts or be a billionaire. I don’t care about that. I just wanted to be close to the music that I loved and that I couldn’t find in Italy.”
Alborosie’s first solo album Soul Pirate in 2008 received international acclaim and rose to the top ten on the reggae Billboard charts. The anthem “Kingston Town” off that album is still the most popular song Alborosie has to this day. Since Soul Pirate, Alborosie has gone on to international stardom in the reggae world working with numerous living legends such as Chronixx, Sizzla, Protoje, Gentleman and The Wailers.
In fact his recent release in 2018 called Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United was one of the singer's best-received albums to date, featuring collaborations with J Boog, Jah Cure and of course members of the Wailers. The album rose to the Top Ten of Billboard’s reggae charts.
The confirmation of Alborosie with his band “the Shengen Clan” in Victoria BC is a special milestone for Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society and for reggae fans throughout Western Canada.
Supporting Alborosie & The Shengen Clan is LA's roots reggae party rockers ARISE ROOTS. This will be only Arise Roots' second Canadian appearance after their first Canadian debut at Victoria's 16th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival supporting New Zealand's House of Shem. Anyone that has had the opportunity to see ARISE ROOTS know they're a root reggae fan's paradise.