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.)
Liverpool's award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage returns in June for a jam-packed weekend of cultural appreciation, positivity and just great vibes.
The festival is the immediate past winner of the 'Best New Festival' at the UK Festival Awards 2016. Positive Vibration will once again take place in Liverpool from June 9-10, 2017.
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Guest musicians from Soweto Ska Band based in Spain, saxophonist Anant Pradhan from New York and NYC resident (via Jamaica) Larry McDonald on percussion join Alpha student band members in a before-school jam. Featured here is Alpha student trombonist Jordan Moncrief on trombone. Many thanks to the Embassy of Spain for making it possible.