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  • The Alpha Boys’ School music department will benefit from the sale of posters that were entered in the second International Reggae Poster Contest.
  • Founder of the IRPC, Mr. Michael Thompson said that Alpha Boys’ School is a Jamaican success story.
  • This year’s competition received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries worldwide.

The Alpha Boys’ School music department will benefit from the sale of posters that were entered in the second International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC).

The IRPC 2013 exhibition, which will run for one week at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C., was officially opened to the public on November 14.

Founder of the IRPC, Mr. Michael Thompson said that Alpha Boys’ School is a Jamaican success story which has contributed significantly to Jamaica’s musical legacy.

“This academy for underprivileged youth, located in the heart of Kingston and founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy Order, has produced some of the most notable legends in the history of Jamaican music. Some of these legends include Don Drummond of the Skatalites, top Rocksteady singer, Desmond Dekker and Yellowman, one of dancehall’s first superstars,” he said.

Mr. Thompson noted that this year’s competition received 1,100 submissions from 78 countries worldwide. He said this has exceeded expectations and shows that Reggae music has touched the hearts and minds of music lovers the world over. Poster winners were selected from among 363 finalists.

The International Reggae Poster Contest was established as a global platform to shine a powerful beam on the positive impact of reggae music and to present a bold vision.

Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, in declaring the exhibition open, lauded the founders of the IRPC. The competition, he said, gives participants from around the world the opportunity to infuse art with Reggae music.

He said the exhibition now on display at the embassy brings to the forefront how far Reggae music has gone around the world and highlights the reason why “we are proud of our culture.”

The Ambassador also commended the IRPC for dedicating proceeds from the exhibition to the Alpha Boys’ School music department, which he said, will go far to help nurture and produce more outstanding musicians.