Kinfolk 94 Brings You: Strictly Lovers

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New in at Kinfolk 94 is the latest monthly party, “Strictly Lovers”, a ‘Lovers Rock’ Reggae party by Rockers NYC and Kinfolk 94, located at 94 Wythe Ave in Brooklyn. 

In celebration of the first party, taking place on Wednesday, April 14th, we sat down with Marcus Burrowes of Rockers NYC and Jeremiah Mandel of Kinfolk 94 to get the inside scoop. Not your usual Kinfolk turn-up, this party will consist of the Lovers Rock sub-genre that we feel, everyone should be listening to more of.

What is Lovers Rock Music?

MB: Lovers rock is a sub genre of reggae music that deals mostly with love songs including covers of american r&b/soul, pop and country music. the specific style evolved into an official sub genre in mid 70s London but the name can be applied loosely to any romantic reggae/dancehall/rocksteady music.

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What are your favorite artists in this genre for people to check out, and who do you feel is the most influential, and for what reasons?

MB: I like a lot of the more obscure British stuff like Natural Mystics, Revelation, Tribesman, Intense, Wild Bunch… but i think the most influential artists are the foundation jamaican acts like Sugar Minott, Dennis Brown, Freddie Mcgregor, and Gregory Isaacs. even though there was a conversation going on between both countries, they did a lot to initially influence the British scene as well as spread the music worldwide.

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Where did the idea to throw this party come from? What type of people do you hope for it to bring in? Vibes you want to promote, see at the party?

JM: Marcus and I ran into each other after a year or so of ships in the night scenarios. We were just catching up and kinda figured out we both had been listening to Lovers a lot. It was one of those cool moments where you know a person for a long time, and they are a good friend, but you discover something new or in common with them that just reinforces the fact that y’all have similar outlooks on life or on the same wavelength. We rapped for a while about it and both felt Lovers Rock hasn’t seen its proper resurgence in New York…. and well, I have a big beautiful space that is the perfect vibe to throw a Lovers party in, so lets go!

MB: Reggae is serious music but there is also a lighter side. As a fan of reggae, I noticed that besides dancehall parties there wasn’t enough of a fun/dance element . I love the idea of people dancing and having fun at a reggae party. We both had the idea separately so when it came up in conversation it just made sense. I expect it to attract a diverse crowd. from the hardcore reggae heads to the cool kids… love and unity vibes.

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Jeremiah, Marcus, Lets talk about the synergy you have together. Have you thrown parties together before? Kinfolk and Rockers NYC are two powerful forces. We’d love to hear about the BTS energy from two creative groups.

JM: Marcus was one of the first people I met in New York when I moved here some 12 years ago…. His cousin Shaun and I used to hang out in Seattle and just party hard, and that continued when he and I moved to New York (LES) around the same time, just adding Marcus to the equation. I think with our Island backgrounds, myself from Hawaii and Marcus from Jamaica, we just had similar outlooks, and the vibes just line up.
Respectively, we have been throwing parties in NY since stepping off the plane, but never together. When the thought of doing this night collaboratively came up, with Summer about to hit and our new space, Kinfolk 94, rocking like crazy, I guess the timing was just right and we both got super excited.

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What’s next? Any plans to keep Strictly Lovers a mainstay? 

JM: The Strictly Lovers line will be a monthly party at Kinfolk 94. Lovers Rock is definitely the main focus, but with people in town all the time, I am sure we will have a few guests and hosts that blend styles. Truth is, we are focused on creating a vibe that is just a good hang, and a place for friends and strangers to embrace the nights motto, “Take a Chance – Have a Dance”. The future will unfold before us, but for now we are just going to focus on making Strictly Lovers perfect.

lovers1Big up to Marcus for creating this dope cover and “Strictly Lovers: Vol 1″ a mix of music tailored to the Lovers Rock sound. If you aren’t familiar with this style of music, you can be now.

Tracklist:

Peek-A-Boo – Errol Dunkley
6 Sixth Street – Louisa Marks
Some guys have all the luck – Junior Tucker
Someone loves you honey – June Lodge
Perfidia – Pam Hall
Sugar sugar – Doreen Shaffer
The Way You Do The Things You Do – UB40
Lady In Red – Sanchez
Don’t Test Me – Shabba Ranks feat. Deborahe Glasgow
All This Time – Wayne Wonder
Wild World – Maxi Priest
Love You – Ghost
Ring My Bell + One Blood Dub – Blood Sisters
Stay At Home – Dennis Brown
Lonely Teardrops – Gregory Isaacs
My Tune – The Cool Notes
Telephone Line – Natural Mystics
Curly Locks – Junior Byles
Rainy Day – Tradition

Photos by Eddie Grams

Recap: Marley Heads to Beach ‘N Boards Fest

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We’re back from the beach after a short but rewarding trip to Ron Jon Surf Shop’s Annual Beach ‘N Boards Fest! It was an honor to have been invited by the team at Ron Jon; once we got the call it was a no brainer that we had to be there in a major way to support. Beach ‘N Boards Fest is Ron Jon’s largest annual event; from Friday to Sunday a number of selected brands showcase beach and board sports all in one venue right behind Ron Jon on the beach. Marley was in good company with brands like RVCA, Billabong, Oakley, Quicksilver, Sun Bum, FOX, and more.

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We were psyched to be able to provide a mini ramp along with RVCA and The Collegiate Skate Tour, all thanks to our friends at Instaramp. Big up to our Team Marley ambassadors, Shama Beckfort, Alexis Rivera, and Karl Watson who came along for the ride and repped Marley Skate through Cocoa Beach.

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Photos by Grams.

 

The Good Life Mile High Tour

If you haven’t heard of The Good Life! it’s probably time to start paying attention. The Mile High Tour in Colorado was one for the books. From gourmet meals by Roofeeo, a fresh track by TJ Mizell to 1 of 1 hoodies & tees, it’s a good thing this video exists because the week was gone before we knew it. Head over to wearethegoodlife.com to check out the full recap with photos from myself, Craig Wetherby and Gabe L’Heureux. 

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Retail Highlight: Ron Jon Surf Shop

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A must see stop in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ron Jon Surf Shop is not your everyday tourist attraction selling beach souvenirs. While our NYC team was lampin’ in Cocoa Beach for Ron Jon Surf Shop’s annual Beach ‘N Board’s Fest, we met with the good people at Ron Jon’s Flagship store to check out new displays, fresh merchandise for Spring, and to learn more about how their team goes about the day-to-day in the always-buzzing shop.

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Ron Jon’s flagship location in Cocoa Beach, Florida, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showing the true dedication of the lifestyle that the brand evokes. The two story, 52,000-square-foot ocean landmark has become a surf shop icon. On an average day during Spring Break, the store boasts 20-30,000 visitors – as many visitors as Epcot Center. Spring Break traffic along with year round customers, equates to over 2 million customers per year for the Cocoa Beach location.

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The first Ron Jon store was born in New Jersey in 1959 by Ron DiMenna, a surfer discovering the sport through the new fiberglass surfboards. In 1963, Ron opened the second store – this time with a team in Cocoa Beach.

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While snapping photos in the store, we listened to music on The Get Together and The Bag of Riddim. Right next to our products shoppers can find vinyl records; including one from Bob Marley, sitting amongst the greats.

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As a Marley brand, we’re aligned on Ron Jon’s social programs that support the communities around them. Ron Jon partners with The Special Olympics Florida, where Ron Jon launched the surfing program in 2010. Florida is the only place in the world with a Special Olympics surfing program and the program continues to grow with more athletes joining each year.  Ron Jon is currently preparing to start the 6th season with athletes in counties around the state practicing over the summer to compete in the state surfing competition in Cocoa Beach in September.

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With Ron Jon as stop #1 on our beach trip, we were off to a good start.

If you’re in the area, be sure to stop in and check out the offerings. Big Thanks to the team at Ron Jon for being great partners, showing us a good time, and for a successful Beach ‘N Boards Fest!

Ron Jon Surf Shop

4151 North Atlantic Avenue

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Photos by Grams.

Jesse Royal releases ‘Feel Your Pain’

House of Marley reggae rock star Jesse Royal has once again blessed his fans with a delightful video for his single “Feel Your Pain”. This song is filled with wisdom and encouragement and beautiful dancers that gracefully embody the smooth flow of Jesse’s voice. These enticing lyrics describe how Jesse is trying to express his love to a woman who isn’t quite sure if she wants his love, and love is not an emotion anyone wants to waste. You can even catch a cameo of our TTR Over Ear headphones in the video too; a favorite of Royal’s Marley selection.

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Last month Mr. Royal performed at the legendary SOB’s in NYC and had the crowd rocking out! Here is a quote from the homies at Frank151:

“Royal and his band have the unique ability to slip into different genres of music without skipping a beat and although the show’s theme was oriented around traditional roots reggae and his faith in Rastafari, he also confronts a lot of heavier topics with his music like colonialism, racism, classism and political corruption. “

Read the full recap of Frank151’s experience at Jesse’s SOB’s Show here! 

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Music Monday: Jo Mersa Marley – Rock And Swing

Director Ras Kass and Jo Mersa teach us a thing or two in his new video for his single Rock and Swing. These beautiful visuals take us on a intimate tour of his home island Jamaica while touching on deep subjects such as politics, pedophilia and the misunderstanding of the youth within his generation. You can even catch House of Marley friend Shama Beckford skateboarding in a few scenes. This track can be found on Jo’s Comfortable EP which can be purchased on iTunes.

Benny Fairfax “PALE FIRE”

“We awoke at the crack of dawn, 11am to be exact, swooped Benny, picked up some breakfast and were on our way. As the pale fire burned in the distance we set out to capture the essence of cruising. The weather was great and the fuzz was out on high alert for humans operating video recording devices on the streets like criminals, but they were no match for our jedi mind tricks. Before we knew it we had compiled hundreds of gigabytes of footage and the sun was setting on the day just as we needed to wrap. It felt like a success and after years of shooting with various snowboarders/skateboarders it was pretty easy to add Benny to my top 5 list of people to work with. Hopefully you all enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it.”

-Grams 

Directed by Eddie Grams

Cinematography by Ian Rigby

Creative Direction by Gabe Kuo

Featuring the Liberate XLBT Wireless Headphones

Phil Frost Interview

Chances are, if you’re familiar with street artists you’ve probably come across works of Phil Frost, whether you know it or not. (Remember that Frank 151 chapter?) One of the original artists to hit the scene in the early 90’s, Phil helped shape where contemporary art’s at today.

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Cruising the depths of Instagram on Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday, we were tagged in a post that brought us a new fact about Phil – that he’s a big fan of reggae music and in particular, Bob Marley. Naturally, we had to reach out to him and hear more. Peep the interview below!

HOM: Are you still NYC based?

PF: I actually live in upstate New York now. I moved up here 7 years ago. I was always moving around trying to find more space to make my work while I was in town. I relocated up here after I found a giant space that facilitates all of my work.

HOM: A lot of our team members quote your work with Frank 151 as a way they discovered you. Can you tell me about that?

PF: Steve Malbon from Frank151 arranged for a studio visit and came upstate to do so. There he saw the drawings that MQ and I were collaboratively making, and the conversation to participate by sharing an issue together came from that.

image1HOM: I came across your post in celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday on Instagram, where you talk about Bob Marley and reggae – what is it that draws you to the two?

PF: I’m drawn to reggae music because of it’s inherent morale and uplifting nature; to want to better yourself and your surroundings and be humble, kind and respectful of things. So it appeals to me like that, in that I like the message of it; and then I like the energy and rythym also. It is good natured and positive and I was taken by it. At some point, I got really interested in wanting to hear it more. I began to collect the 45’s and records because a lot of the music isn’t necessarily released digitally. I don’t know too much about digital music anyway, but at the time a lot of the music wasn’t really able to be found on a CD or digital format so a lot of the rare music is only on a 45. Seeking out the records and collecting them was a way to be able to introduce myself to parts of the sound I couldn’t find otherwise. At some point, it began to seem like I was protecting old records by archiving them, like a way of preserving them and their relevant importance.

HOM: Do you mostly listen to music on records?

PF: I guess I mostly listen to music on records. For some reason its kind of relaxing.

HOM: Would you say you listen to it when you work, when you’re painting?

PF: Music has its place in my life. A lot of times I listen to silence, but then silence gets in the way. Listening to music is actually something of a distraction when I’m working, in that i’m not able to focus as much on whatever is resounding inside me. Yet, then there are times where I’m working, and I’m not experiencing that kind of inner dialogue and music can be something that helps the time pass more enjoyably. Sometimes I listen to music when I work and sometimes I don’t. There is part of my work process that music is just in the way of; and for that, it’s silence that keeps me more nimble. Then there are times where there is a task, something I am supposed to do, and I don’t have to figure anything out and nothing’s on my mind, and it’s those parts of the working experience where listening to music is more fitting. I guess it can be like therapeutic, the parts of process where you can zone out.

image3HOM: Such a great answer and one that really makes sense to me, personally. Can you tell us a bit about how you got started making art and what that was like for you?

PF: In the mid and late 80’s I was into skateboarding. I was skating a lot in Brooklyn with friends. Thats where I can say I really got into art, and by skating in the city and being into hardcore music I was exposed to graffiti. I started to get into tagging. When I was 18 I moved to Queens and then I began to work more seriously with it. Before that I would tag a bit when skateboarding, but it wasn’t an all consuming thing. Then when I was 18 I was on my own and living in Queens and working in the city – it’s when it took over and kinda became a part of me in an overall way for a period. I started to draw all the time and do wheat pastings. Then I started to spend a lot of time with Revs. I started to help out and do missions with he and Cost.

HOM: What was it like working with Revs and Cost?

PF: Revs and Cost, they kind of started the whole wheat pasting thing and the block buster rooftop rollers. I was so honored to help and work with them and spend so much time with Revs. I started to help them. Mostly, I started to help Revs all the time, but both of them sometimes too, on their missions, and sometimes with Revs simultaneously while doing my own. After a while it just kinda started to be a thing I used to do. I would find some sort of weird industrial thing coming out of a building or some sort of utilitarian piping, or venting boxes coming off a building. I would measure off the different panels and cut the measured panels out of brown butcher paper. Then I would draw with ink and paint paintings on those paper panels. I would figure out the best option for pulling it off, like a particular night or if even in broad daylight and then I would go and wheat paste them onto those things to create some type of painting sculpture sort of work in the street and feel that pulsing inner rush type of inspiration from it.

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There are meetings with people that leave you feeling inspired and almost in awe – wanting to learn more and understand, and this certainly was one of them. We hope to bring you more of Phil Frost’s works in the near future! In the meantime, you can check out more of his work on his gallery’s website – Galeria Javier Lopez, Phil’s personal website, and if you’re like us, Phil Frost’s Instagram. Big thanks to Phil for taking the time to speak with us!

Incase You Missed It: The Get Together at Miss Lily’s

Big Thank You to everyone who came out to our event at Miss Lily’s on Tuesday! The crowd was blessed with the presence of the beautiful Zuri Marley and the sweet sounds and Q&A from her uncle Ky-Mani Marley. The drinks and grub were flowing all night long and of course we had our guests grooving when Dj Jasmine Solano (JSMN) was on the 1’s and 2’s.

Incase you missed it, we’ve got you covered with JSMN’s set and Ky-Mani and Zuri’s interview below. Check it! Stay tuned for the next go around of The Get Together.

 

Check out the photos from the event below!

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Catching Up With Zuri Marley

For the Marley New York crew, the planning of our latest monthly ‘Get Together’ parties have kept us busy. The good news – we have the help of our host, Zuri Marley, who will be playing an integral role in curation of each event. We met Zuri at none other than our (pretty much) home base, Miss Lily’s, the very location we’ll be hosting each Get Together event. It was time for a collaborative brainstorm and the taste testing of all of the new menu items and classic favorites.

As the daughter of Ziggy Marley, it’s no surprise that Zuri is a natural creative. The collective decision to collaborate together for each Get Together event though, goes far beyond that.

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A student at The Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music Business at The Tisch School of The Arts, NYU, Zuri is also what she describes to be, a  “student of life” – teaching herself everyday. “I’m still fresh in the city and there are so many vibes to cultivate. People get lost out here, so its nice to have Miss Lily’s to remind me where I come from (876).” Zuri’s own work – visual and musical, reflects her own image of the American Dream; shining through in individual works as well as collaborations within her collective. “My art is freedom – and thats why I think I connect with The House Of Marley. House of Marley is cutting edge, redefining and modernizing a great man’s vision – making it accessible to people who weren’t able to be touched by the legacy – thats dope as hell. “ 

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The best type of collaborating is fueled with great food. Miss Lily’s chef Andre made sure everything on the menu was an A+.

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After our rum cake, Zuri insisted we not leave without all enjoying a Ting soda, her favorite growing up, and still today.

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Great people, delicious food, and a constant flow of creative energy left us eager for the green light of our very first Get Together at Miss Lily’s. You’ll hear more about each party as they take off; be sure to join our Marley newsletter for up to date information on all of the happenings!