January 11, 2017

Kingston, Jamaica: The Alpha Institute is very pleased for the support of Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul in working to develop the music technology and vocational skills of students. 

On behalf of students and staff, the future looks a lot brighter thanks to Sean Paul’s financial, fundraising and professional contributions to the school. Following a recent tour of Alpha with school administrator, Margaret Little Wilson, music instructor Rev Don McDowell and Alpha students, the multi- platinum, recording artiste was able to see where his contribution was used in the renovation of Alpha’s first music studio and spaces that make up the Music Technology Department.

Now to be called the Sean Paul Henriques Centre for Music Technology, the department houses an audio engineering training centre for its students and now has a recording studio. The centre has already started instruction in audio engineering and radio broadcasting.

Sean Paul said he was heartened by the feedback of Alpha students in the program. Mr Henry, a 3rd year student, noted that his classmates are already earning income. “Coming here,” he said, “I just do my music and I have people to talk to. I have a purpose and I spread joy to other people through my music”.

Reverend Don McDowell, the Audio Engineering Instructor said the seeds of success are already being sown as a result of Sean Paul’s contributions.

“They are taking initiative and demonstrating responsibility and respect for the space and technical activities inside of it. I’ve seen their morale increase which I attribute to their love for the music technology and career they see themselves stepping into”.

Since starting in 1893, Alpha’s music program has graduated a who’s who of music innovators and pioneers in jazz, ska and reggae music. The introduction of music technology began in 2016 and is made possible by the generous support of Sean Paul, the American Friends of Jamaica, Rototom Sunsplash and private donors. For a 24/7 soundtrack of Alpha music please visit