Alpha's music program is over a century old, and has been called "the birthplace of the reggae sound" by Billboard Magazine and a "dream factory" by the BBC. Alpha alumni include Yellowman, Leroy Smart, Johnnie Osbourne, Don Drummond, and many more. Today, Alpha is a day school for unattached youth in need of vocational training. And now visitors are able to play music on campus as well. Check the details below and visit the Airbnb page to see when the next Reggae 101 is ready for booking!
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The late Michael Thompson, aka Freestylee: Artist Without Borders, passed away in 2016. Still, his influence and in particular his artwork in the forms of hundreds of posters (50 of which are on display at the UWI Museum) continues to inspire lively conversations about art, society and development. Now, Reggae Talks! brings together all three for an evening of discussion featuring presentations by Professor Carolyn Cooper, Anthony Myers and Dr. Joshua Chamberlain at the UWI Museum on the campus of the University of the West Indies, Mona this Thursday at 5 p.m.
Started in 2013, The Kingston City Run is a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Charity Run. The event takes place this March 16 – 18, 2018 and includes a weekend of activities. It is the perfect event to experience the vibe of Kingston, by running its major businesses district, attractions and entertainment sites. The event starts in New Kingston and end at the beautiful Emancipation Park Race Village for post run celebration and Awards ceremony. The Kingston City Run has donated over J$12 million to these charities since 2013 including Alpha Institute, The Open Arms Drop-in Shelter, Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Food for the Poor and Missionaries of the Poor.
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Rain or shine the Downtown Christmas Market welcomes local farmers, budding artists, and talented craftsmen to F&B Downtown. Christmas Lunch will be hosted in the recently opened 'Q' section. Snacks as well as wine and cocoa tea will be on sale and available for tasting. Parking is available at F&B Downtown's Parking lot on Water Lane. Take your gifts and have them Wrapped For A Cause to support Alpha Institute!
We are pleased to announce that the International Reggae Poster Contest is organizing the 20th Art of Reggae exhibition and the Freestylee Roots exhibition in Jamaica. To attend the Freestylee Roots exhibition at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston RSVP now by calling 876-926-0299.
The 20th Art of Reggae exhibitionThe 20th Art of Reggae exhibition will be hosted by MBJ Airports, operator of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The exhibition opens in the departure terminal on 17 November 2017.
The exhibition will feature the top 100 posters from the fifth annual contest, selected from among 1,270 entries submitted by 748 graphic designers representing 75 nations. The winning submissions can be seen on the competition’s website, www.reggaepostercontest.com.
It has been three years since Alpha Boys School transitioned to Alpha Institute. Changing from a residence to a day program allowed Alpha to focus on its educational and technical training. Somethings haven't changed. The school's commitment to serving the most vulnerable, is one, for example. Another is the Suzuki van.
The Social Development Commission (SDC) will be hosting its inaugural Downtown Home and Furnishing Fair on September 30, to showcase furniture makers and artisans from the downtown Kingston area. Attendees will be able to see more than 30 furniture, home décor and accessory makers displaying their creative pieces. In addition to this venture, the SDC has also been able to assist producers in acquiring training in customer service and entrepreneurship.
(Text by magicseaweed). Being the third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica stands out on the map, but it is relatively obscure in terms of Caribbean surf destinations. Despite its size, only the eastern tip receives a decent amount of windswell worth exploring, with options for both north and south coasts. See the photos below and check the links for the latest surf reports from Bull Bay, Boston Bay and Rozelle Beach.
On January 9th 2008 the Government of Jamaica announced that the month of February was to be officially declared as Reggae Month. This was done to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country’s social, cultural and economic development. Additionally, the birthdays of two of Jamaica’s and Reggae Music’s late icons are commemorated during the month of February: The late Dennis Brown also known as the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae’, is celebrated on February 1, while the late Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, the renowned ‘King of Reggae’ is celebrated on February 6.
Coordinated by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association), check the JaRIA Facebook page for the latest updates about this year's activities. See last year's calendar below...
As Jamaica’s capital city from 1534 to 1872, Spanish Town was the focal point of the island’s social, economic and political life. During this time, the town witnessed the evolution of modern Jamaica. It welcomed the Spanish when they fled Sevilla La Nueva and observed as they developed its land. It watched the English invasion and subsequent occupation of the island, and later, listened while the governor read the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves, in its “Plaza Mayora.”
To ensure you don’t miss any of these important sights, it’s best to have a local guide help you find your way through the town’s maze of streets and lanes.
Start: Spanish Town Methodist Church, White Church Street
Finish: Emancipation Square, at Rodney’s Memorial
Distance: Approximately 0.75km (0.5 miles)
In its prime, Spanish Town was a magnificent and impressive metropolis with stately red brick homes and grand monuments. Today, it is Jamaica’s third largest urban center with a population of approximately 87,000 people and, sadly, much of its grandeur has been lost to the ravages of time. Some shining examples of Georgian architecture still exist, however, as reminders of the town’s golden era.
1. THE METHODIST CHURCH
Opened in 1953, this small but beautiful chapel serves as the head of the Spanish Town Methodist Circuit, which was created in 1816 and consists of five churches.
Directions: Immediately facing the Methodist church, you’ll notice the massive western wall of the St Catherine District Prison.