ALFA INSTITUTE RENAMES MUSIC DEPARTMENT FOR SEAN PAUL
Written by IrieJam Radio on January 18, 2017
Jamaica’s Alpha Institute will rename is Music Technology Department in honor of Dancehall artist Sean Paul.
Announced yesterday, ALPHA Institute’s Music Technology Department will be renamed the Sean Paul Henriques Media Centre.
The honor came after Sean Paul toured the school in December and donated JA$1.5 million to its music technology program.
The donation will be used to develop a new radio studio and training rooms for students studying media and technology.
Sean Paul said Alpha Institute’s music program is “teaching kids a different focus in life and, sometimes, that is all it takes to make a very promising child that grows into a great adult.”
He further said “Music has done so much in my life, so my thought was to give back to a programme that is really doing positive things and one that has a great impact on Jamaica’s music history. It’s paying homage back to the roots.”
Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys’ Home) was founded in 1880 and is considered the cradle of Jamaican music. It is in its 3rd year of offering music technology as part of its vocational program.
Many of its music teachers are former graduates and touring musicians.
Past students include singers Joe Harriott, Leroy Smart, and deejay Yellowman.