Apr 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Alpha Boys School

Musical Youth: Help Kickstart Alpha Boys’ School’s Music Programs!

Words by Erin MacLeod—

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If you are a reggae fan, you should know about Alpha Boys’ School. Run by the Sisters of Mercy, it’s been a refuge for disadvantaged youth for almost 150 years. It’s also been a wellspring of musical talent dating back to the 1950s, when Sister Mary Ignatius decided it would be good to bring contemporary tunes into music classes. This transformed Alpha Boys School into a musical powerhouse. We’ve written about Alpha here more than once!

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Toppa Top 10: LargeUp’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013


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In The LargeUp Store: The Alpha Boys School Tee


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LargeUp Recommends: Alpha Boys School Radio

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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The Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica is one of the most significant places in Jamaican music. The four original members of the Skatalites—Tommy McCook, Johnny “Dizzy” Moore, Lester Sterling and Don Drummond—got their start in the Alpha Boys band; other notable Alpha alumni include drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Jamaican jazz great Cedric IM Brooks, dancehall pioneer Yellowman and the great singer Leroy Smart. It’s been called “the cradle” of both ska and reggae music.

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R.I.P: Cedric Im Brooks, Jamaican Saxophone Great

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Over the weekend we received the news about the passing of Jamaican sax great Cedric Im Brooks. Brooks, who was 70, had been in a coma-like state for more than three years, before succumbing to cardiac arrest in New York City Thursday.

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Fashion Fridays: Alpha Boys School, the Birthplace of Ska, Gets Its Own T-Shirts

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

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The Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica is generally acknowledged as the birthplace of ska music. The four original members of the Skatalites—Tommy McCook, Johnny “Dizzy” Moore, Lester Sterling and Don Drummond—got their start in the Alpha Boys band, as did other figures in the music’s development, including Rico Rodriguez. Other notable alumni who have passed through Alpha’s doors include Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Yellowman and Leroy Smart. Today, the school, run by Sister Susan Frazer, continues to be an oasis for troubled boys in Jamaica, and an incubator for musicians. Its famed music program was even featured in a key scene in the recent Snoop Lion documentary Reincarnated.

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