Photos: Mr Kowalsky
From April 4 to August 13, the Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition at Cité de la musique – Philharmonie in Paris, France brings together rare memorabilia, photographs, visual art, audio recordings and footage unearthed from private collections and museums in Jamaica, the United States and Great Britain. Also providing a platform for young Jamaican artists, the exhibition is a loudspeaker for the voice of a people—a powerful wail that has been ringing out internationally for decades through its music.
Alpha is honoured to be a part of the project. “Memorabilia such as these exhibited at the Paris Exhibition,” says Alpha’s Administrator Margaret Little Wilson, “will keep the musical legacy of the Alpha Boys’ School alive in the mind’s eye and hearts of many worldwide”.
And the Religious Sisters of Mercy also send greetings to the exhibition organizers. Sister Susan Frazer, RSM, the Area Administrator for the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Jamaica said, “The Sisters of Mercy here in Jamaica are overwhelmed by this wonderful tribute to Alpha Boys’ School. I’m sure our beloved Sister Mary Ignatius is looking down from heaven with a smile on her face saying, “good job”! We are grateful to all who have made this exhibition in Paris a reality. We are with you in Spirit.”
The Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris provides a state-of-the-art facility to national and international symphonic orchestras, who have not been able to find in Paris an equivalent to the large, modern concert halls of other international capitals. In addition to a classical music repertoire, the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris programme embraces contemporary and world music, as well as dance.
For more information about the exhibition and to purchase tickets please see the Jamaica Jamaica! page on Alpha Boys School Radio here.
Outside the Jamaica Jamaica exhibition
Jamaica Jamaica curator Seb Carayol and Alpha alumni Vin Gordon
Jamaica Jamaica curator Sebastien Carayol and Alpha past student Vin Gordon at the Alpha Boys School section of the Jamaica Jamaica exhibition
Sebasten Carayol, curator of Jamaica Jamaica, in discussion with trombone player and past Alpha student Vin Gordon about Sister Ignatius of Alpha Boys School
Alpha past student and trombone player for Bob Marley, Alpha Blondy and more poses underneath the sign he saw every day as a student at Alpha in the 60s
Alpha past student Vin Gordon at the Jamaica Jamaica exhibition
Alpha school sign that used to be displayed in the refectory at Alpha Boys School
Alpha screen printed products printed at Alpha in Kingston and on sale in Paris
Biography of Sister Ignatius from Alpha Boys School
Portrait of Sister Ignatius by Kingston based artist Danny Coxsone, artist in residence at Jamaica Jamaica
Turntable owned by Sister Ignatius
Drum set owned by Skatalites dummer Lloyd Knibb
Inside the Jamaica Jamaica exhibition
Alpha past student Vin Gordon and our man in Paris, writer, Mr Kowalsky