Water Wise Movement

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Marley Coffee, Water Wise’ Coffee, and ambassador Rohan Marley are teaming up to spread awareness in order to clean up the rivers in the Sidama region of Ethiopia. With thousands of people relying on the rivers for everyday living, it’s important we each do our part and become educated in the process of coffee production. While coffee is the lifeline of this region, it is also the main source of pollution; Rohan Marley, Water Wise Coffee, and Marley Coffee aim to change this.
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This Summer, Marley Coffee will be raising money for four new wet mills that clean dirty water waste found in the rivers from processing coffee cherries. With each cup you buy, 1 cent will be donated to The Water Wise Movement. Cups can be purchased here.

In 2014, Marley coffee was able to raise over $80,000 to Water Wise, this year our family over at Coffee hopes to exceed a courageous goal of $100,000.

To get involved with the movement, you can use the hashtag #WaterWiseMovement on all social networks and tag @MarleyCoffee and @RoMarley in your posts. Social awareness is a beautiful thing, and every mention counts!

It all adds up! Drinking coffee every morning is a household habit. The coffee you drink tastes even better when you can feel good about the difference you’re making at the start of each day.

 

DDD Presents “Ting and Ting” Saturday at Baby’s All Right

This weekend for the first time ever, we’re entering the brunch and day party lineup to support Ting+Ting, a monthly Caribbean party created by the ladies of DDD that will have you bussin’ a wine to the beautiful and fast paced sounds of Soca and Calypso music. You’ll want to join us at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg from Noon – 5pm on Saturday, March 23rd for an afternoon of true Soca vibes kicking off the new monthly series.DSC00371

Kitty Cash, Cherie Camacho, and Deidre Dyer of DDD are the ladies behind Ting+Ting, who hope to draw in “a crowd with no barriers – whether you’re a carnival junkie, or have never heard a soca track.” The idea of Ting+Ting came about when the ladies of DDD wanted to highlight not only Jamaican music – but Caribbean, with an emphasis on Soca music, injecting real elements of the Trinidadian culture by having a live riddim section during the party.

HOM: What inspired you to draw away from the typical dancehall/Jamaican roots themed parties?

KC: The Caribbean is much more than just dancehall and reggae. Of course I love that genre of music but personally I grew up on the percussion instruments like steel pan and iron from my father who is from Trinidad – and the djembes and congas from my mother who is part Puerto Rican. It was really important to be able to share that part of me with my audience through Ting and Ting and highlight Caribbean music in a different way. Hence the live riddim section, which I am beyond happy about.

HOM: What are the influences that Soca/Calyspo and Trinidadian culture have in your life?

DD: Growing up in the predominately West Indian Flatbush section of Brooklyn, it was all about what island you repped even if you were born in NYC. As I’ve gotten older, Trini food and drinks (rum) have become my staple; the things that I seek out almost religiously to feel connected to my parent’s home country.

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HOM: Deidre, as a style editor, we’d love to hear your take on Caribbean fashion and its influences.
DD: Caribbean fashion carries the same attitude as caribbean people; free flowing, easy and colorful. When it gets warm and people want to free up themselves style-wise, these are the looks that they gravitate to.
HOM: That makes a lot of sense to us regarding the warm weather! Cherie, working at Opening Ceremony, do you see any Caribbean influenced designs coming through the store?
CC: Yes, of course! There are little things that stand out to me here and there. I see a lot of the vibrant colors, prints, and silhouettes. I would love to discover new and emerging Caribbean designers.
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HOM: Kitty Cash, coined “R&B’s DJ Khaled” how do you think “Ting and Ting’s” brunch time audience will take to this new sound (new to most people at least) that is usually heard blasting in Flatbush or just around carnival season?
KC: I think that the audience of Ting and Ting are music lovers and are open to all styles and forms of music. Between myself, Cherie and Deidre we definitely will be bringing out an eclectic crew of friends who are looking to dance and get lost in the music. The thing is, there are a lot of Caribbean parties year round and we wanted to be able to introduce that sound to a new audience who we felt would apprecitate and enjoy the cultural experience on all levels.

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Join us this Saturday at Baby’s All Right from noon – 5PM for Ting and Ting! Lets get ready to wine!

 

Damian “Jr Gong” Marley Announces ‘Catch a Fire’ Tour

Damian “Jr Gong” Marley is hitting the US for his ‘Catch a Fire’ Tour starting late August! Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, and special guest Jo Mersa and Black Am I will be joining Damian in bringing the reggae heat to your city. The ‘Catch a Fire’ crew will be making stops in Philly, Las Vegas, Columbus, New York’s Central Park Summer stage, and many more. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Tour Dates:

August 29 Philadelphia, PA—Mann Center for the Performing Arts
August 30 New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage
September 3 Boston, MA—Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 4 Portland, ME—Maine State Pier
September 5 Vienna, VA—The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
September 6 Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summerstage
September 9 Columbus, OH—The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
September 11 Kansas City, MO—The Crossroads
September 12 Minneapolis, MN—The Cabooze Plaza
September 15 Denver, CO—Fillmore Auditorium
September 16 Salt Lake City, UT—The Complex
September 18 Eugene, OR—Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 19 Redmond, WA—Marymoor Park
September 20 Boise, ID—Revolution Center
September 22 San Diego, CA—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
September 24 Las Vegas, NV—The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Pool
September 25 Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl

Music Connects: Alexis Rivera

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My name is Alexis Rivera. I was born in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. Besides skating, two of my passions are to travel and photograph. My life philosophy is to make the most of everyday with my family and dog Waco, to stay humble, help the environment, and inspire others to do the same.
For me “Live Marley” is living with your soul. It’s doing the things you love, for me to skate while listening to good music, go hiking, driving my Volky, making the most of it and enjoying little things; but most importantly, letting nature and the experiences in life be your most honorable teachers.
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#MusicConnects defines what music is all about: a universal language. You can be down, have a bad day, or even be at a concert full of strangers but if you have some good music, you can turn that around and make a unique experience. Music helps you connect within yourself and with those around you.
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Follow Alexis on Instagram and Twitter. 
Photos by Grams.

Stephen Marley talks gun violence in new single: “Ghetto Boy”

 

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Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s “Ghetto Boy” featuring Cobra and Bounty killer is a powerful song that tackles timeless issues. On this new single off his latest album, The Fruit of Life, Stephen speaks on gun violence, a global issue that continues to stir media headlines daily. Stephen’s song gives insight on his first experience with guns as a little boy. Stephen Marley’s The Fruit of Life album is set to release on May 26th.

Creative Spaces: Eddie Grams

For our first feature for Creative Spaces, we spoke with House of Marley photographer and videographer, Eddie Grams for a look inside his home editing studio in Williamsburg.

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“Space is precious, especially living in New York, so I ditched the idea of a bulky, store-bought, more than likely Ikea desk & decided to build my own with a sheet of 18 inch deep x 4 foot wide plywood, two 1/2 inch steel pipes & some L-brackets mounted to the wall. I raised my laptop up on a stand in order to maximize the desk surface area so that my keyboard can be hidden underneath when I need space to write or draw in my sketchbook. I’ve got a few desktop hard drives that I rarely take on the road with me, but also have a ton of portable drives that I can obviously take anywhere (These specific thunderbolt G-Drives are particularly speedy). Having a USB hub is key for me to charge and/or connect multiple devices at once, including my House of Marley Legend ANC headphones. These are my babies for editing at home. You will rarely ever see me without them on & my SubPac tactile bass system in the chair. Together, these two create such an insane home studio experience that makes you feel as if you paid top dollar for some plush studio time uptown.” -Grams

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Stay tuned for more Creative Spaces from our Marley friends and family.

Music Connects: Shama Beckford

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My name is Elishama Beckford, I am a skateboarder and surfer from the the beautiful island of Jamaica, my way of living Marley is spreading love through surfing and skateboarding and to promote growth of both sports in my country, so that more people may enjoy surfing and skateboarding as I do and use them as ways to channel their creativity.

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To me music is a universal language, no matter race or age – good music can be appreciated by all. Music has the power to bring people together and create a vibrant environment and unforgettable experiences.
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Photos by Grams.

Kinfolk 94 Brings You: Strictly Lovers

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The weather in NYC is heating up right on time and setting the stage for a new monthly party: “Strictly Lovers”, brought to you by our friends at Kinfolk 94 and Rockers NYC.

We met up with Marcus Burrowes of Rockers and Jeremiah Mandel of Kinfolk to discuss the unique vibe the party hopes to bring to Williamsburg and get the inside scoop on the Lovers Rock genre that has inspired the party.

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 70’s London but the name can be applied loosely to any romantic Reggae/Dancehall/Rocksteady music.

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What are your favorite artists 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. 

-Grams