Welton Irie began his career performing as simply 'Welton' on the Sir John the President and Big John's Stereophonic Sound sound systems (the latter later known as Echo Tone Hi Fi), in 1976, initially heavily influenced by Ranking Trevor. After building up a sizeable following, he was able to introduce young talent such as General Echo to the sound system. Welton moved on to the Gemini and Virgo sound systems and began a partnership with Lone Ranger, the two beginning their recording careers together as a duo for Studio One, in a similar vein to Michigan & Smiley with tracks such as "Chase Them Crazy". On Studio One boss Coxsone Dodd's recommendation, he extended his stage name to Welton Irie. The pair's partnership was short-lived with both going on to solo careers.
On Friday June 2nd, patrons will hear the music of past Alpha students played by past students. The 10-piece Alpha Big Band will be joined by DJ Welton Irie who will be spinning classic hits and rare cuts from the 60s, 70s and 80s for your dancing pleasure. The event will be broadcast on Alpha Boys School Radio. The all-inclusive event features a tantalizing menu of traditional Jamaican food and drink. Expect a high energy evening of dancing and celebration of Jamaica and Alpha’s 137th year of providing services to at risk youth.
Tickets are available online using Eventbrite (click here) and the following locations... (Purchases of 4 tickets or more are eligible for deliver! Call 578-1181 and ask for Joshua.)
The Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys School, Alpha Industrial School and Alpha Cottage) turns 137 years young May 1st 2017. Reggae icon Marcia Griffiths has a special song for everybody who donates to Alpha or purchases a product from Alpha during the month of May 2017. Click here to visit the Shop on Alpha Boys School Radio.
Marcia Griffiths has a special birthday message for friends and family of Alpha...
The song was recorded in Small World Studios in Kingston on the legendary Orange Street. Once inside the booth, Big Youth recorded the track in only one take! "Good over evil, right over wrong... teach the youth the righteous song".
Nico's Walk vinyl and digital is available only on the Mount Grove Music website. Click here for shipping info.
The Alpha Institute is pleased to announce sponsorship by the Miami-based Irie Foundation for the construction of a state-of-the-art DJ program in Kingston. Partnering with the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) and the Alpha Institute, Irie Foundation will continue to fulfill its mission by empowering at-risk youth to lead productive lives in Kingston, Jamaica. The DJ program will begin in the third school term of the current academic year. Music technology students at Alpha will receive intensive training in the deejay trade while all music students will benefit from practical and theoretical applications of the skills involved and opportunities for employment.
The Alpha Institute is very pleased for the support of Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul in working to develop the music technology and vocational skills of students.
On behalf of students and staff, the future looks a lot brighter thanks to Sean Paul's financial, fundraising and professional contributions to the school. Following a recent tour of Alpha with school administrator, Margaret Little Wilson, music instructor Rev Don McDowell and Alpha students, the multi- platinum, recording artiste was able to see where his contribution was used in the renovation of Alpha's first music studio and spaces that make up the Music Technology Department.
The start of school is always exciting. New people to meet and goals to set. This year Alpha was fortunate to have the United States of America ambassador to Jamaica, Ambassador Luis G. Moreno, welcome students as the keynote speaker during the Student-Parent Orientation which marks the beginning of classes. The Ambassador urged students to take advantage of all that Alpha has to offer and even offered his personal experiences growing up and took questions from parents, students and staff. Stay tuned for the Alpha Boys School Radio interview!
Louise Bennett was born on September 7, 1919. She was a Jamaican poet and activist. She was described as Jamaica’s leading comedienne through her poems in Jamaican patois. A British Council Scholarship took her to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she studied in the late 1940’s. After graduation she worked with repertory companies in Coventry, Huddersfield and Amersham as well as in intimate revues all over England.
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