The Alpha Institute, formerly Alpha Boys School, celebrated 140 years on May 1, 2020. In celebration of this milestone, Alpha Boys School Radio partnered with reggae star Luciano to create a dubplate special that tell the history of Alpha. Donors to the Alpha Institute during the month of May will receive a complimentary copy of the music.
A day school for at risk youth since 2014, and run by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order of nuns, since 1890, the Alpha Institute is where many of Jamaica’s finest musicians and vocalists learned their craft. From jazz innovator Dizzy Reece, to ska pioneer Don Drummond, the rocksteady leader Tommy McCook and reggae icons Johnny Osbourne, Horsemouth, Leroy Smart and Yellowman, to name just a few, Alpha’s music training programme has made an amazing impact on Jamaican and world music.