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!

 

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

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!