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.
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.