Reggae Sumfest started in 1993 and is the largest concert festival in Jamaica, taking place each year in mid-July in Montego Bay. Sumfest kicks off on Sunday with the Sumfest Beach Party held at the Aquasol Theme Park located on the Walter Fletcher Beach Complex; the All White Party (dress code) held on Tuesday at Pier 1 On the Waterfront followed by Sound Explosion and two nights of electrifying live performances beginning with Dancehall Night on Friday and finishes with Reggae Night on Saturday at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.
SATURDAY JULY 22
RICHIE STEPHENS & THE SKA NATION
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.
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.)
PBS 106.7FM Melbourne’s ska, rocksteady and early reggae party Jamaica Jump-Up is back after a summer break with a massive line-up for a very special, one-off fundraiser for the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica.
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Featuring live performances from none other than the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Ska Vendors and The Moonhops! Yes, THREE huge live sets from some of Melbourne’s most celebrated ska/rocksteady outfits.
Plus, selections by our own Mohair Slim (Blue Juice Radio Show, PBS 106.7FM), Jesse I (Babylon Burning radio show, PBS 106.7FM), Rick Howe (Riddim Yard, PBS 106.7FM) with guest selectors Systa BB (@The Good, The Dub, The Global, Triple R - 3RRR 102.7FM) and Fabulous Fez.
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.
In 1961 he produced "Oh Carolina" by the Folkes Brothers, which was released on his Wild Bells label. The drumming on the record was provided by members of the Count Ossie Group, nyabinghi drummers from the Rastafarian community, Camp David, situated on the Wareika Hill above Kingston. After becoming a hit in Jamaica, "Oh Carolina" was licensed to Melodisc, a UK label owned by Emil Shalet. Melodisc released the track on their subsidiary label Blue Beat; the label would go on to become synonymous with 1960s ska releases for the UK market.
Just added to Alpha Boys' School Radio: Linton Kwesi Johnson "Bass Culture" featuring Alpha Boy Rico Rodriguez on trombone
LKJ's Bass Culture was released in 1980, and features Alpha Old Boy, Rico Rodriguez, (born Emmanuel Rodriguez; 17 October 1934), also known as Reco or El Reco, a ska and reggae trombonist. He is known as one of the first and most distinguished Ska artists.
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