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Podcast #69: Sister Mary Ignatius Davies

Podcast #69: Sister Mary Ignatius Davies

Update: 2024-03-083
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In this episode, we bring you…the woman known as the “Mother Theresa of Reggae!





Sister Mary Ignatius, a white Jamaican Catholic nun dedicated her life to the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, where she taught football, cricket, boxing, table tennis and dominoes – but most importantly, music. A lover of jazz and blues, she inspired hundreds of “wayward boys” to become professional musicians, including future Skatalites Tommy McCook and Don Drummond, trombonist Rico Rodriguez and the conductor Leslie Thompson. Without Sister Mary Ignatius, who died at the age of 81 in 2003, we might never have had reggae.





DLS co-founder Katy Derbyshire tells the story of the woman known to her young charges as “Sister Iggy.” And she joins host/producer Susan Stone to introduce this episode, the first of Season Seven of the Dead Ladies Show Podcast, and to wish you all a happy International Women’s Day on March 8th!





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Also available on SpotifyApple PodcastsRadioPublicPocket CastsStitcherGoogle Podcasts, and Acast.





And you can download our transcript, prepared by Susan Stone, here.





If you’re in New York by any chance, put Tuesday, March 19 in your diary for Dead Ladies Show NYC. More details here!









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<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">At Old Spanish Town, 1921</figcaption></figure>



<figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The enormous baobab tree at the young Davies’ school</figcaption></figure>



<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Young Marjorie</figcaption></figure>



<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The Alpha Boys’ School more recently</figcaption></figure>



<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Former bauxite mining site, Jamaica</figcaption></figure>



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Podcast #69: Sister Mary Ignatius Davies

Podcast #69: Sister Mary Ignatius Davies

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