Nun who nurtured reggae

Nun who nurtured reggae

Jamaican music owes an extraordinary debt to a Catholic school for ‘wayward boys’, says Thomas H Green

Bar the odd dent – such as the depiction in the film The Magdalene Sisters of cruelty in their now-defunct Irish orphanages and laundries – the reputation of the Catholic Order of the Sisters of Mercy is of 200 years of good deeds in some of the most underprivileged areas of the world.

Less well known, and more bizarre, is that this order of nuns is also partly responsible for the birth of reggae music.

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