Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that evolved out of the earlier genres like Ska and Rocksteady. The shift from Rocksteady to reggae was illustrated by the organ shuffle pioneered by Jamaican musicians like Jackie Mittoo and Winston Wright.
Louise Simone Bennett-Coverley or Miss Lou, OM, OJ, MBE (7 September 1919 – 26 July 2006), was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator. Writing and performing her poems in Jamaican Patois or Creole, she worked to preserve the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs and stories in patois ("nation language"). Visit her website here.
Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history.
On Sunday 27th August three of our most recent music graduates and members of the Alpha Boys Band will be performing music in London England with fellow young musicians from Youthsayers and Raw Material, a Brixton-based arts and vocation incubator for local youth. Please save the date and be a part of this great event! Come and see the results of an exciting collaboration from a week of workshops taking place at Raw Material. The visit by The Alpha students is sponsored by UK band Madness in conjunction with Raw Material Music and Media and support from National Baking Company in Jamaica. Click here for the Facebook event page!
Join the Alpha Boys Band and our friends from Rae Town Old Hits this Friday at the Norman Manley International Airport for the official launch of Jamaica 55 Independence celebrations!
Following requests from patrons, and to mark its 40th anniversary, Dub Vendor will be staging a fund raising reunion dance. This will be in support of Alpha Institute due to its contribution to the development of Jamaican music. Please see the flyer below for complete charity details. Tickets are £15.00 plus £1.50 booking fee. £5 from every ticket sold will go to Alpha Institute.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ON THE DUB VENDOR SITE
"The foundation of this dub album was created by some of the finest sessions musicians ever to grace the studios of 1960’s & 70’s Jamaica. Their instruments were the cornerstone to countless Dub LP’s that began to surface in the early 70’s and continued on into the 80’s creating a whole new genre of music."
This is how Kompakt Records starts its dsecription of the new dub album by the Kingston All Stars-- "the musicians and session men who recorded at a variety of Jamaica’s legendary studios, and created so many of the classic rhythms from the 1960’s and ‘70’s".
Grab the LP here!
Included in the group are two Alpha past boys and brothers Everton (ABS '68-'73) and Everald (ABS '70-74) Gayle, woodwind and brass specialists, respectively.