Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Alpha Boys School

EVENT: Celebrate International Reggae Day in NYC July 1

Words by LargeUp Crew—


LargeUp is teaming with BIG Magazine and Miss Lily’s to bring International Reggae Day to New York City this July 1. From 7 to 10 tomorrow night, we’ll be live inside Miss Lily’s Variety with surprise special guests for a three-hour program of live performances broadcasting worldwide on If you’re in NYC, stop by 132 W. Houston St. and come catch a vibe.

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Fashion Fridays: Alpha Boys School 2014 Summer Lookbook

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Wyatt Gallery—


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

Words by Erin MacLeod—

Alpha Boys School

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—


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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