Past Alpha student Winston 'Yellowman' Foster, will be recognized Monday Oct 15 with a National Order of Distinction for his outstanding and important service to Jamaica in the performance arts. Yellowman is an alumni of the Alpha Boys' School (1968-1974) and has an incredible history in Reggae music.
This year, everyone who bids on any item in the Reggae Auction (click here) will receive a complimentary digital copy of "Man In The Street" recorded by the Melbourne Ska Orchestra!
Originally recorded by the Skatalites featuring Alpha past student Don Drummond, "Man In The Street" is a ska classic!
Louise Simone Bennett-Coverley or Miss Lou, OM, OJ, MBE (7 September 1919 – 26 July 2006), was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator. Writing and performing her poems in Jamaican Patois or Creole, she worked to preserve the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs and stories in patois ("nation language"). Visit her website here.
Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history.
Following requests from patrons, and to mark its 40th anniversary, Dub Vendor will be staging a fund raising reunion dance. This will be in support of Alpha Institute due to its contribution to the development of Jamaican music. Please see the flyer below for complete charity details. Tickets are £15.00 plus £1.50 booking fee. £5 from every ticket sold will go to Alpha Institute.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ON THE DUB VENDOR SITE
"The foundation of this dub album was created by some of the finest sessions musicians ever to grace the studios of 1960’s & 70’s Jamaica. Their instruments were the cornerstone to countless Dub LP’s that began to surface in the early 70’s and continued on into the 80’s creating a whole new genre of music."
This is how Kompakt Records starts its dsecription of the new dub album by the Kingston All Stars-- "the musicians and session men who recorded at a variety of Jamaica’s legendary studios, and created so many of the classic rhythms from the 1960’s and ‘70’s".
Grab the LP here!
Included in the group are two Alpha past boys and brothers Everton (ABS '68-'73) and Everald (ABS '70-74) Gayle, woodwind and brass specialists, respectively.
Kabaka Pyramid is a multi-talented artist and producer from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica with a unique musical style blending the lyricism of Hip hop, with the energy and memory of Reggae and Dancehall. He is based out of the Bebble Rock music camp and through a liquid delivery spreads positive messages of spirituality and consciousness. Kabaka Pyramid has been a great friend to Alpha. Here at Alpha Boys School Radio we are pleased to see Kabaka's continue Upward and Onward!
Click here to visit KP's page on Bandcamp.
The International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) is an initiative designed to celebrate positive international reggae culture. The contest highlights the globalization of reggae and the resounding impact of its message. The contest was founded by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou in 2011. The primary reason for organizing the poster contest is to construct an international platform to showcase a far-reaching vision. The other important objective of the IRPC is to help raise awareness of the Alpha Boys’ School, a vocational institution for underprivileged youths, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy.
The 2016 winners were just announced.
Visit the poster contest website here reggaepostercontest.com
Click on the image below to start the slide show.
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.