Rebelution and House of Marley Team Up For an Epic Headphone Giveaway

On the verge of a gigantic national tour, California reggae rockers, Rebelution are teaming with House of Marley for a headphone giveaway that will gift three lucky fans a pair of autographed Positive Vibration on-ear headphones.

Winning the Rebelution and House of Marley headphone giveaway is as simple as sending out a single retweet. Head over to Twitter and start by following both @HouseofMarley and @RebelutionMusic. From there, retweet the message from @RebelutionMusic that announces the upcoming show in your area and you will automatically be entered into the competition. The House of Marley Positive Vibration on-ear headphones will go to the first three people to retweet in each city.

Heading out in support of their new triple album, Peace of Mind, Rebelution is bringing their Bob Marley-influenced sounds to cities all over the U.S. Hop on Twitter, follow their travels, prepare to win some sweet swag from Rebelution and, if you’re lucky enough, some House of Marley on-ear headphones too.

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Check out “Sky is the Limit” from the new Rebelution album, Peace of Mind, and be sure to enter the our epic headphone giveaway!

Catch a Wave at the 2012 Florida Surfing Championships

It may almost be time for tricks and treats, but that won’t stop surfers from hitting the biggest waves that Jacksonville Beach, Florida has to offer. Sponsored by the House of Marley, the 2012 Florida Surfing Championships will offer eye candy of the surf variety to anyone who comes to check out the gnarliest surfers the world has to offer.

From October 4-7, the Florida Surfing Championships will feature both amateur and professional contests with big cash prizes totaling up to $30,000. The big event, the Goal-Zero Pro, will pit 64 competitors against each other and leave one winner with $10,000. Additionally, there will be unique surfing exhibitions including a Special Olympics surf demonstration, the Wounded Warrior Project and kids surfing events, so that there is a chance for everyone to experience Florida surfing.

The 2012 Florida Surfing Championships is more than just a beach blast for surfers, as the contest has a reputation for its laid-back vibe and feel-good event schedule. Need to learn about going green? There will be a wide array of unique environmental organizations on hand extolling the virtues of sustainable products like House of Marley eco-friendly headphones. The Florida surfing contest will even be holding a juried art show that focuses on green art that both promotes and benefits our planet’s ecosystem at the same time.

For fans of the House of Marley’s eco-friendly headphones and our namesake Bob Marley, the reggae legend’s backing band The Wailers will be apart of the live music event going on at the Florida Surfing Championships.

If you’re in Northern Florida during the first week of October, come meet up with the House of Marley at the Florida Surfing Championships, snap a pic of the Marley VW bus and check out our eco-friendly headphones. We’ll be soaking up the sun, the surf, the art and, of course, The Wailers as we revel in all that this awesome surfing competition has to offer. See you in Jacksonville Beach!

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House of Marley Teams With Tilly’s To Give You A Bag of Rhythm

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The House of Marley has heard the calls of our fans around the world. You want a Bag of Rhythm portable audio system? You want an Instagram giveaway? Done and done. The House of Marley is beyond excited to be teaming up with surf and skate giant Tilly’s for an Instagram contest of epic proportions.

Getting involved is just as easy documenting your #LiveMarley lifestyle in progress. The House of Marley and Tilly’s are looking for photos that best capture how music inspires your everyday life. If a Bob Marley song made you view the world in a different way or if learning to play an instrument changed your life, we want to see it visualized in picture form. Get imaginative! The House of Marley and Tilly’s want to see photos that go beyond our expectations and truly capture the essence of what it means to be inspired by music.

As for the bounty of this contest, The House of Marley is excited to offer up our Bag of Rhythm portable audio system. Whether you’re looking to rock the house or start a party for the entire block, the Bag of Rhythm is an essential tool for listening to music. Yet, in order to win your own, you have to start by following @houseofmarley and @tillys on Instagram. From there, start snapping away and tag every Instagram post you want to enter into the contest with #LiveMarley . The contest will end on Sunday, October 21 at 11:59PM EST. The time for you to win a Bag of Rhythm is now! Break out your camera phone and get to work!

Click here to read the official rules for the House of Marley and Tilly’s Instagram Contest.

House of Marley and Collegefest 2012 Rock Beantown

School may be back in session, but that’s not stopping the House of Marley from reminding Boston-area students just how much of a party college can be. While books and brains are important, there is always time to enjoy some extracurricular activities. How can you get involved this weekend? Check out Collegefest 2012 and be ready to have your mind blown.

Bringing together some of today’s most epic performers, Collegefest 2012 and the House of Marley are ready to rock the roof off of the Hynes Convention Center on September 22 and 23. The first night’s entertainment includes exciting sets from the EDM king of Boston E-Marce, the synth-pop sounds of The Electric Sons and the catchy pop-punk of Basement Superheroes. Headlining on Saturday night is none other than Wale, Maybach Music’s smoothest emcee, whose take on hip-hop lies in the same vein of Drake and Kid Cudi.

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The relentless pace doesn’t let up on Sunday as Collegefest 2012 continues with another night of essential live music. Leading the charge on Sunday night are The Cataracs, the production team who have taken over the charts since the debut of their hit “Like a G6” by Far Eastern Movement. In addition, Kap Slap, the prodigal DJ son of the Boston area, brings his EDM mashups to take the party to the next level.

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If you’ve yet to experience the powerful feeling of listening to the sounds of reggae through a pair of Destiny TTR, a Bag of Rhythm or the brand new Get Up Stand Up home audio system, let Collegefest 2012 be your indoctrination to the #LiveMarley lifestyle. The House of Marley will be repping all our awesome products and even doing some killer giveaways and contests in Boston. Look for the House of Marley team and our prize wheel for your chance to win t-shirts, Marley earbuds, a House of Marley jacket, USBs, stickers, posters, hemp tote bags and bracelets.

After you’re done checking out our headphones at Collegefest 2012, snap a pic with our House of Marley street team and upload it to Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to tag your photo with @houseofmarley and use #LiveMarley and #Collegefest2012 somewhere in your post so that we can see all of our Boston fans. The House of Marley hopes that all of our Boston friends will come out to Collegefest 2012 and have a blast ringing in the new school year.

What Does Eco-Friendly Mean to the House of Marley?

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At House of Marley, we aim to create highly stylized headphones with impeccable sound, and great fashion appeal, but the underlying focus has always been on creating a product that is sustainable and eco-friendly. But just what does eco-friendly mean? Created with both the safety of the planet and the consumer in mind, the House of Marley is excited about creating new green products.

Our idea to create headphones that answered the question, “What does eco-friendly mean?” goes back to incorporating the philosophies of our namesake, Bob Marley. The legendary artist was a consummate advocate for Mother Nature, who wrote songs extolling her many virtues as well as protest lyrics aimed at her detractors. With this in mind, the House of Marley looked to cut down on waste by using recycled material to create our products. While some products stamp their product as being “green” without considering what it really means, our brand uses everything from recycled hemp, cotton, plastic water bottles, metal and FSC Certified wood to create our unique products.

By using this recycled material, the House of Marley cuts down on the energy it takes to produce our eco-friendly headphones, eco-friendly bags, and portable audio systems. Instead of creating new pieces from scratch, we focus on using plastic bottles and metal refuse to turn out a new shiny product that hardly seemed possible given the prior state of the materials used. In addition, by using hemp to create fabric, the House of Marley is capable of yielding more fiber than with traditional cotton, and there are no pesticides used to control the crop.

When considering the question “What does eco-friendly mean?” many consumers previously assumed these items were only meant to serve for function and not for fashion. Yet, with the creation of new textiles like REWIND, the material used to create the House of Marley’s eco-friendly bags, there are a new breed of eco-friendly products that have changed the outlook of many on the versatility of green technology. Taking into account the looks of a product, its functionality and its reusability factor, the House of Marley is focused on well-designed products that can help, not hurt, the Earth.

In his song “Small Axe,” Bob Marley compares himself to as a hand axe that is used to cut down those that rule in a tyrannical fashion, metaphorically referring to them as “the big tree.” Using this comparison, Marley shows that those who band together to take down a big problem can truly triumph in the end. The House of Marley is committed to working to end the problems that plague Mother Nature’s eco-system. The first step is asking yourself “What does eco-friendly mean to me and how can I make a difference?”

How Do Noise-Canceling Headphones Work?

While the House of Marley Destiny TTR over-ear headphones cut out a lot of noise naturally because of their unique design, they are also outfitted with state-of-the-art noise canceling technology. Unlike traditional headphones that only have a sound source speaker, the Destiny headphones use active noise control, or ANC, technology to cut out the noises in the environment surrounding you. Through this battery-powered mechanism, your music experience will be undisturbed while listening on House of Marley Destiny over-ear headphones.

But just what is ANC technology and how do noise-cancelling headphones work? While the frequency of the music travels from your listening device to your headphones, there is another anti noise frequency that meets up with it, duplicates its frequency and flips it 180 degrees. The driver of your House of Marley Destiny over-ear headphones takes this frequency and pumps it through the aluminum enclosures surrounding your ears, enveloping you in the sounds of Bob Marley’s Trenchtown rock.

With further exploration into the world of headphones, one will find that there are both noise-cancelling headphones and noise-isolating headphones. How do noise-canceling headphones work differently from noise isolating headphones? House of Marley earbuds, like the Zion, Redemption Song, Conqueror, People Get Ready, Midnight Ravers and Smile Jamaica in-ear headphones create a seal when placed in your ear that conform to its shape. Without the more advanced technology found in the Destiny over-ear headphones, the House of Marley in-ear headphones are capable of partially blocking out some of the sounds from the outside world.

For the ultimate noise-canceling headphone experience, the House of Marley Destiny over-ear headphones will not only kick out the jams with proper authority, but also make the noises from the outside world fade away. Do yourself a favor by taking the time to become one with the music, experience the #LiveMarley lifestyle and listen to music the way it was intended to be listened to.

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Nice Time: Cedella Marley Interview

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Since there’s only a week left in the Nice Time Contest, the House of Marley wanted to take a moment to get better acquainted with the talented woman affectionately known as Nice Time: Cedella Marley.

As Bob Marley’s second child, Cedella was given the nickname “Nice Time” by her legendary father, who subsequently wrote a song about her with the same title. Today, Cedella is CEO of Tuff Gong International, a renowned fashion designer (you may have seen her wares on the Jamaican Olympic team this summer), children’s author, musician, and proud member of the Marley family.

Check out our interview with Cedella Marley and get to know Nice Time for yourself.

What does Marley mean in 2012?

This was a very special year with the debut of the documentary. We are all very proud to be able to share our dad with the world. As a family, we have some great projects on the horizon, so the remainder of the year will be a good one.

The Marley legacy is so far-reaching. Where are some of the most memorable places you’ve experienced it?

I am constantly amazed at the reach and impact my father’s music has made around the globe. His music is timeless. It’s universal to all ages, all walks of life.

Do you have any favorite lyrics of your father’s?

They all hold a special place in my daily life. Right now I am feeling the lyrics of “Positive Vibration” as I always like to stay focused on moving forward and staying positive.

How old were you when your father started calling you “Nice Time”? Which came first, the nickname or the song?

He had been calling me Nice Team since birth. I’m pretty sure the name came first, then the song.

When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?

I have always loved fashion. Both my mother and father have made a huge impact on my work as a designer. To me and to many other people in the world, their style is iconic.

Where did you draw inspiration from when designing for the Jamaican Olympic team?

For the Olympic collection, I drew inspiration from the colors and vibes of Jamaica, vintage military cuts and, of course, Grace Jones. I felt that the fits worked well with the physics of the athletes, and the colors clearly represented our country and our ability to heat up the track.

Regarding your series of children’s books, how did you decide you wanted to bring your father’s message to this generation of youth?

That’s the beauty of my father’s message: it works for all ages. I am a mother of three, and I see how a positive message can impact their lives and their interactions with others. His positivity has been felt around the world, by all ages for decades. This was his greatest gift.

Visit the House of Marley’s Facebook page for a chance to win Stir It Up on-ear headphones signed by Cedella Marley

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Get Up Stand Up With The New House of Marley iPod Sound System

The House of Marley has become synonymous with creating eco-friendly headphones and we are now adding a new Marley iPod sound system to our family of products. The new House of Marley speakers, dubbed the Get Up Stand Up, packs the most powerful punch of any iPod sound system around, while still being built with sustainable materials.

Crafted with FSC certified Birch wood, the Get Up Stand Up portable audio system comes in a rich walnut color and is also emblazoned with our own infinity logo. Meant to be the centerpiece of any room, this iPod sound system has an effortless style that takes inspiration from the home sound systems of the 1970s.

“We thought back to how people used to admire the large floor speakers back in the 1970s and ‘80s and how those speakers were design elements in the home. Our Get Up Stand Up system delivers exceptional audio quality in a strikingly beautiful design, while staying true to our values and commitment to the planet,” Rohan Marley said of the new House of Marley speakers system.

Outfitted with our “Signature Sound” technology, these House of Marley speakers deliver booming bass and timely treble via twin 1” tweeters, twin 4.5” high-definition woofers and a powerful amplifier. While most speaker systems created today are the product of big box manufacturing, each House of Marley iPod sound system undergoes custom tuning to ensure that your Get Up Stand Up is just right for playing the sounds of Trenchtown Rock.

Now available in the United States, Canada and Australia, the Get Up Stand Up iPod sound system is a sign of what is to come from House of Marley. Stay tuned for the expansion of the House of Marley audio line with more earth friendly technology and a new line of lifestyle products, including our Lively Up bag line, watches and other accessories. In the meantime, let the Get Up Stand Up guide you into the new season with ease and prepare to #LiveMarley this fall.

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Nice Time Contest: Win a Pair of Headphones Signed by Cedella Marley

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Can you imagine getting your nickname from Bob Marley? Or having a song written for you by the reggae legend? For just about all of us, these are honors we’ve never known, but for Marley’s daughter Cedella, these are just a couple tributes paid to her by her iconic father. The nickname (and subsequent song), “Nice Time” was bestowed upon Cedella by her dad, and now she wants to hear your version of the song she holds so dear.

To enter the Nice Time Contest, visit the House of Marley Facebook page and click the contest WIN tab, and upload your own video cover of Bob Marley’s “Nice Time.” Contest ends Friday, September 21 at 5pm, est. Cedella Marley will choose her favorite and announce the winner on Monday, September 24 on her Facebook page. The winner will receive House of Marley Stir It Up on-ear headphones signed by Cedella and their video will be featured on the House of Marley blog, ANiceTime.com, and Tuff Gong Television. The winner will also be considered for the Featured Cover Friday song on the official Bob Marley Facebook page!

Benny Benassi Releases Official Bob Marley Remix

The birth of house music in the late 1980s was based on the idea of pushing music into a new direction that reflected the future instead of the past. Despite the forward thinking sound, the genre’s DJs still held the records of yesteryear in high regard including the work of House of Marley namesake Bob Marley. Hundreds upon hundred of DJs have taken the time to create their own unofficial Bob Marley remix, but few have ever been tasked with creating one with the Marley family’s blessing.

Italian-born Benny Benassi is just one of many DJs inspired by reggae and he is now on the verge of releasing the first official Bob Marley remix in over 10 years. On September 3, Island Records, Marley’s old label, will release Benny Benassi’s remix of one of the reggae icon’s most popular songs, “Jammin.” Set to a tinny high hat backbeat, Benassi uses the reverb-soaked vocals of “Jammin” and accents it with piano that goes from reggae to house in a matter of seconds.

When the beat drops through a pair of House of Marley in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones or over-ear headphones, you’re instantly transported to a New York nightclub by way of Kingston, Jamaica. Despite the fact “Jammin” was originally released nearly 40 years ago, Benassi brings the song into the 21st century by throwing down an impressive dub set breakdown at the peak of the song’s chorus. This new Bob Marley remix will make you say, “Skrillex who?”

Check out the new Benny Benassi Bob Marley remix below.