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.
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.
Kabaka Pyramid is a multi-talented artist and producer from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica with a unique musical style blending the lyricism of Hip hop, with the energy and memory of Reggae and Dancehall. He is based out of the Bebble Rock music camp and through a liquid delivery spreads positive messages of spirituality and consciousness. Kabaka Pyramid has been a great friend to Alpha. Here at Alpha Boys School Radio we are pleased to see Kabaka's continue Upward and Onward!
Click here to visit KP's page on Bandcamp.
The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) is an initiative designed to celebrate positive international reggae culture. The contest highlights the globalization of reggae and the resounding impact of its message. The contest was founded by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou in 2011. The primary reason for organizing the poster contest is to construct an international platform to showcase a far-reaching vision. The other important objective of the IRPC is to help raise awareness of the Alpha Boys’ School, a vocational institution for underprivileged youths, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy.
The 2016 winners were just announced.
Visit the poster contest website here reggaepostercontest.com
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The Spanish Court Hotel was transformed into a dance session last Friday June 2 in support of the Alpha Institute. Special guests from Rae Town joined the Alpha Alumni Ensemble, Ken Boothe, Toots and DJ Welton Irie for an amazing night of music and dancing to benefit Alpha's vocational and educational programs for inner city youth. The Alpha 137 Anniversary Dance was sponsored by The Spanish Court Hotel, VP Records, Wisynco, Wata, Island Grill, NCB Foundation, Copperwood Pork, Rainforest Seafoods, Purity Bakers, Best Dressed Chicken, J Wray & Nephew, Jamaica Producers, Digita Global, Hot Off The Press, Alpha Boys School Radio, The City of Kingston, Idle Awhile (Negril), King Alarm, Coldwell Banker, The Gleaner Company, Rosh Marketing.
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.
Sean Paul’s distinct voice, catchy rhythms, and first class productions have been the perfect blend for the success of this Grammy Award-winning Jamaican international superstar. Born Sean Paul Henriques in Jamaica on January 9, 1973, he rose to international fame in 2002 with the success of his second studio album Dutty Rock, which was fuelled by his Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers, Gimmie the Light and Get Busy. Sean Paul attended the University of Technology with hopes of pursuing a profession in Hotel Management but his love for music was more powerful. In 2016, Sean Paul helped to launch the Sean Paul Henriques Music Technology Centre at The Alpha Institute featuring a recording studio, audio production lab and radio facilities.