Italian-born reggae singer Alborosie kicked off an international tour on February 15th to showcase his latest studio album Sound the System and his companion vinyl LP Dub the System, released in November.
The tour launched in Miami, Florida at the 9 Mile Music Festival, which also featured fellow reggae artists Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Lauryn Hill and more. After captivating fans on the East Coast, he continued his journey westward, hitting up venues such as The Showbox in Seattle, Washington, Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, and the New Parish in Oakland, California.
One of the most anticipated performances will be at the California Roots Festival at the end of May. The tour will even move internationally when Alborosie jets over to Europe to play a few shows primarily in France.
Fans at his shows can expect to hear a mix of classics and new songs from Sound the System, released on VP/Greensleeves. The album includes 16 tracks exhibiting a seamless blend of live instrumentation and classic analogue recording techniques, with 90% played solely by Alborosie. Several guests grace the album with their talents including Ky-Mani Marley on the Bob Marley classic “Zion Train”, Nina Zilli on ska-inspired “Goodbye” and the Abyssinians on “Give Thanks”.
Sound the System, which can be purchased on iTunes, has received abundant positive feedback, especially on the hit single “Play Fool (To Catch Wise)” and “Rock the Dancehall”.
The vinyl mate, Dub the System, features 11 tracks originally from Sound the System, but transformed to feature deconstructed instrumentals that highlight Alborosie’s proficiency in vintage recording techniques. His passion for classic reggae sound and technology fuels his own style, putting a fresh spin on a more traditional sound. Fans don’t have to wait long for brand new tracks since he’s already announced his plan to release the Alborosie & Friends album in May 2014.
Watch: Alborosie – “Play Fool (To Catch Wise)”