Alborosie performing at Eurockéennes 2008
Background information
Birth name Alberto D'Ascola
Born (1977-07-04) 4 July 1977 (age 37)
Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, dancehall
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, drums, guitar, keyboard, bass
Years active 1993 – present
Labels Greensleeves Records
Associated acts Reggae National Tickets, Ky-Mani Marley, Gentleman, The Abyssinians[1]

Alberto D'Ascola (Italian pronunciation: [alˈbɛrto ˈdaskola]; born 4 July 1977), better known by his stage name Alborosie, and sometimes styled as AlBorosie, is an Italian reggae artist. Born and raised in Marsala, Sicily, Italy, but now residing in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a multi-instrumentalist, being proficient in guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. His musical career began in the Italian reggae band Reggae National Tickets, from Bergamo city, when he was 15 years old in 1993, in which he was known as Stena.

In 2001 Alborosie decided to try a solo career. He moved to Jamaica to be close to reggae music's roots and Rastafari culture.[2] There, he started working as a sound engineer and producer. He has also worked with artists like Gentleman and Ky-Mani Marley. His first solo album was called Soul Pirate. In the summer of 2009 he released his second album which was called "Escape from Babylon.[3] In August 2008 Alborosie played at the Uppsala Reggae Festival.[4]

The name 'Alborosie' comes from a name he was given in his early years in Jamaica. "Borosie was what they used to call me. Let me put it like this. My early experience in Jamaica was… not nice. Borosie was a name they used to call me and it have a negative meaning. So I said “I'm gonna use this name and mash up the place turn a negative into a positive thing!". Basically my name is Albert so I add “Al” – Al-borosie. But I’m not gonna tell you what borosie mean!"[5]

Alborosie's hits include "Rastafari Anthem", "Kingston Town", and "Call Up Jah". Alborosie recently started his own record label, Forward Recordings. He has given concerts all round the world, including most of Europe and Jamaica.

Personal life

Alberto D'Ascola was born on 4 July 1977 in Marsala, Sicily, Italy. He is a member of the Rastafari movement.[6] His father is a retired policeman and his mother was a housewife.[7] D'Ascola developed an interest in reggae music and joined the band Reggae National Tickets in 1993 at 15 years old.


  • Soul Pirate (2008)
  • Soul Pirate: European Tour 2008 Limited Edition (2008)
  • Escape From Babylon (2009)
  • Escape From Babylon to the Kingdom of Zion (2010)
  • Dub Clash (2010)
  • Specialist & Friends (2010)
  • 2 Times Revolution (2011)
  • Sound The System (2013)

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Result
2011 2011 MOBO Awards Best reggae act Won


External links

  • Official website
  • Official Facebook page
  • BBC Music profile

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