Alpha past student Lester Sterling is credited with recording perhaps the first reggae song of all time...
His debut solo album, Bangarang, was released on Pama Records in 1969. Classic early reggae, producer Striker Lee often claims it as the first proper reggae tune, featuring the John Crow skank organ shuffle c/w updated dub.
Joe Harriott attended Alpha in the 30s and 40s before moving to the UK in 1951 where his career took off.
Joe Harriott + John Mayer Double Quintet: Joe Harriott (alto saxophone); John Mayer (violin, harpsichord); Shake Keane (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chris Taylor (flute); Pat Smythe (piano); Diwan Motihar (sitar); Chandrahas Paigankar (tambura); Coleridge Goode (bass); Alan Ganley (drums); Keshav Sathe (tabla).