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. 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. In August 2008 Alborosie played at the Uppsala
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!"