The Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music - Interview with Co-Author Adam Reeves.

Some say "the Devil has all the best tunes". So how is it a Roman Catholic nun was the founding force behind a brass band that helped shape some the world's most beloved musical forms and generations of Reggae superstars? Take it easy, sit back, and allow yourself twenty minutes to get a mere taste of the remarkable story that is the 'Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music' by Heather Augustyn and Adam Reeves.

Hear how a strict disciplinarian regime for 'wayward boys,’ many of whom were orphaned or from deeply troubled backgrounds and hailing from some of the toughest streets in the world, created the very foundations of Jamaican jazz, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and dub.

I'm not sure Satan has ever run a bass-heavy sound system, spinning a collection of the hippest jazz, R’n’B and ska 45s, but Sister Mary Ignatius did, for an incredible 64 years, inspiring generations of young men to make music their occupation.

The book features a foreword by world-renowned reggae DJ and broadcaster David Rodigan and stunning cover art by French oil painter Jean-Christophe Molineris.
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