Throughout February, MOBO award-winning Best Reggae Artist Alborosie will embark on a U.S. tour in support of his recent studio album Sound The System and vinyl-only companion piece Dub The System.
Tomorrow (Feb 15), the Italian-born reggae star will make his east coast debut performance in Miami, FL at 9 Mile Music Festival, which also features Lauryn Hill, Tessanne Chin, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian Marley and more. Then he heads west, hitting The Showbox in Seattle, WA, Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA and the New Parish in Oakland, CA. Alborosie returns to California at the end of May for the California Roots Festival 2014. In between that time, he will journey to Europe for a tour consisting of mostly France dates.
He will be playing his classics as well as new material from his latest album Sound The System (VP/Greensleeves). The 16-track set encompasses a mix of live instruments and analogue recording techniques akin to reggae’s golden age. He produced the majority of the tracks and played 90% of the accompanying instrumental parts. Special guests on the album include Ky-Mani Marley on the Bob Marley classic “Zion Train,” Italian star Nina Zilli on ska-flavored track “Goodbye” and the legendary Abyssinians on the horn-drenched “Give Thanks.” The album includes sound-system favorite “Rock The Dancehall” and the hit single “Play Fool (To Catch Wise).”
To accompany this authentic collection fueled by his passion for real reggae music, he also unleashed a vinyl-only dub release Dub The System (VP/Greensleeves) on November 12, 2013. The 11-track deconstructed instrumental set features select songs from Sound The System, showcasing the producer’s melodic hooks and impressive use of vintage recording equipment.
Both releases follow his two previous acclaimed Greensleeves studio albums – Two Times Revolution and Escape From Babylon. He is also slated to release Alborosie & Friends album in May 2014 on VP/Greensleeves, which features a variety of special guests on this collaborative effort.