Reggae singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Alborosie will be releasing his new studio album on May 20th. The album is called Freedom & Fyah and will be released on Greensleeves Records. You can pre-order the album here.
Reggae music is no longer confined by race, skin color or nationality. It always did have a global message, but the culture that it represents has now extended way beyond Jamaica. Alborosie’s success is symbolic of this new spirit sweeping the reggae world. The Sicilian born artist, who has spent over a decade living in Jamaica, delivers revolutionary songs with deep, heavy roots rhythms that have become his trademark.
He is the complete package – a festival headliner who’s written, played and produced a succession of bestselling albums since his 2008 debut Soul Pirate, and now culminates in this latest set Freedom and Fyah (May 20, Greensleeves).
Alborosie explains that the new album has “a very strong dub influence, and with signs of dub-step and electronic music in some of the tracks.” Lyrically, he covers similar topics, including love, revenge, politics and other social commentary. Freedom & Fyah delivers uncompromising Rasta lyrics, on blazing roots tunes “Can’t Cool,” “Judgement” and “Cry,” which derides the gunmen who’ve turned Kingston’s inner city communities into killing fields.
The song “Poser” (video) is one of two recent hits included on the album and a clear example of standing up for what you believe in and staying true to yourself. The other hit “Rocky Road,” expresses fundamental truths like the cycle of life and death and is also accompanied by a video.
Alborosie has major guest features on the album including Jamaica reggae star Protoje on “Strolling” – explaining the true Rasta cadence -and Ky-Mani Marley (son of Bob) on the love song “Life To Me.” He also introduces rising artists like Sandy Smith on “Carry On” and Sugus (former back up vocalist for Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs) on “Zion Youth” and the EDM-influenced weed anthem “Fly 420.”
Freedom & Fyah Track Listing:
Alborosie ft. Rev. Rohan Treleven – The Prophecy
Alborosie – Can’t Cool
Alborosie ft. Sugus – Fly 420
Alborosie – Cry
Alborosie ft. Protoje – Strolling
Alborosie – Rocky Road
Alborosie – Poser
Alborosie – Judgement
Alborosie ft. Ky-mani Marley – Life To Me
Alborosie – Rich
Alborosie ft. Sandy Smith – Carry On
Alborosie (With The Roots Radics DJ Appearance By Pupa Avril)- Everything
Alborosie ft. Sugus – Zion Youth