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Did you know about Jamaica’s Juilliard? The Alpha Boys’ School

The Alpha Boys School

The Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, which was established in 1880, has among its alumni the likes of deejay Yellowman and the Skatalites. The school was turned into a music powerhouse by Sister Mary Ignatius Davis, a nun with a strong love of music and an ability to pass that love to her students. Recently renamed the Alpha Institute, the school has repositioned itself as a vocational school designed to provide social support and skills training that includes woodworking, landscaping, screen printing and fashion. The school’s core is still music, however. The Alpha Institute includes a radio and production studio for its own radio station, which can be streamed online. It has more than 200,000 listeners every month, and every single song played includes at least one former student playing on the track.

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