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Ivan Neville's "Higher Education"-Listening=Supporting!

Listen. Enjoy. Support. "Higher Education" is great roots reggae music for a great cause.

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Naya Records, in association with Floki Studios, is pleased to introduce a genuine roots reggae album project connecting pioneers of Jamaican popular music with New Orleans R&B,  third wave ska and next generation dub and roots artists. The first single, "Higher Education" recorded by Ivan Neville is now available!

ivan neville higher education

The first single and title track, Ivan Neville’s “Higher Education”, establishes the record’s unique Caribbean presence. Neville’s uplifting, soulful sound is woven seamlessly into a Naya Rockers’ roots reggae riddim, connecting Neville’s northern Caribbean roots with authentic Jamaican vibes further south. A majority of proceeds, and 100% of Floki Studios’ portion, will be donated to youth music training at the Alpha School of Music in Kingston, Jamaica to benefit the next generation. 

Recorded at Floki Studio in Iceland and backed by Naya Rockers, a 10-piece band including guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith (picked by Rolling Stone as one of the world’s greatest guitarists of all time) members of The Skatalites, John Brown’s Body and Slightly Stoopid, Higher Education was mixed at Bob Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studio by  Grammy-winning engineer/producer Stephen Stewart (Tuff Gong, Third World). 

“When Nathan approached us, the Alpha link was the real impetus,” said Floki Studio’s Wade Koeman. “Yes, we absolutely love this style of music. And we share the same love for presenting to the world great music with ultra high recording and mixing standards. But the benefit to Alpha and the opportunity to create a project with long term benefits - to be truly impactful - that was the biggest factor.”

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Alpha has been called a “dream factory” (NPR/USA) for “legendary musicians” (Jamaica Gleaner) who “helped release the spirit of one of the most musical islands in the world” (The Telegraph/UK). Alpha’s place in Jamaica’s music pantheon can be heard on Alpha Boys School Radio, a 24/7 streaming station that plays music only recorded in whole or in part by Alpha graduates. Click here to listen!


ABOUT the alpha school of Music

Alpha's 130-year tradition of music education has produced jazz innovators, ska pioneers and reggae icons. The Alpha School of Music now offers a one-semester and full year certificate programme to overseas music students 19-28 years old. Click here to learn more about studying music in Kingston, Jamaica!

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