Reasoning with Alborosie

On Monday, May 10, 2010, I had the unique opportunity to talk to the Italian reggae star, Alberto D’Ascola (a.k.a. Alborosie). Born 1977 in Marsala, Sicily and later moving with his family to the north of Italy, the talented artist and musician spoke to me from Jamaica, his current home, while I was in Ottawa, Canada. Though miles away, Alborosie’s openness and cordiality allowed me to gain a revealing picture of the successful young man, who rose to international popularity with two remarkable albums – Soul Pirate (2008) and Escape from Babylon (2009) – touching on everything from love to crime to politics.


As you will hear, I was concerned at the beginning of the interview for Alborosie’s well-being – it was delayed an hour due to an important issue related to the near fatal shooting of Oneil Edwards, member of well-known reggae group Voicemail, in Jamaica. Despite the unfortunate incident, Alborosie assured me he was fine. Confident and unfazed, he proceeded to lead me through an interesting world of personal stories and observations, illuminating too his philosophical side as regards to happiness or the challenge, rather, of ever attaining it. Among Alborosie’s many qualities is his ability to see and articulate views on life in a refreshing and honest way. As in his music, Alborosie conveys valuable truths and messages in this interview – testament to his potential of not only being a creator but a teacher as well:

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Paul Salvatori is a philosophy instructor and reggae musician from Toronto, currently residing in Ottawa. He contributes to Jahworks.org as an interviewer, and as a CD reviewer of both reggae and non-reggae alike. His own music can be heard at www.myspace.com/badguyreggae. | View all posts by Paul Salvatori

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  2. kowali says:

    May 25, 2010

    This was nothing short of inspirational. To hear the man behind those tunes speak on life, as things are, and music, was a great thing to take time and appreciate.

    One love

  3. François Le Roch says:

    Jul 24, 2010

    good music

  4. [...] Any other Alborosie fans out there feel free to shout up in the comments. I’ve yet to meet another fan, outside of social networking sites such as last.fm. I personally can’t wait to hear his next studio release, which going on recent interviews will be something with a big sound and taking his music to the next level: Alborosie interview on JahWorks.org. [...]

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