Is It Worth It? – Damian “Jr Gong” Marley New Visuals

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Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley drops visuals set in Morocco to his new song “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World). This video features Saai Taghmaoui, who is a hit man conflicted between his morals and deadly job. Damian’s Ghetto Youths International Presents: Set Up Shop, Vol. 2 will feature this track and will be available December 23rd. Pre-order it now on iTunes.

 

 

Holiday Riddim Gift Guide

Happy Holidays! We’re here to deliver a Marley approved gift guide with something for everyone on your list. Our products are in good company with some of our favorite brands like Woodchuck USA, Me and Arrow, and of course – Marley Coffee.

 

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Get the picks here:

House of Marley Smile Jamaica Headphones // WoodChuck iPhone 6 Plus Wooden Skin in Birch // Marley Coffee in Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend // House of Marley Liberate BT Portable Speaker // Public-Supply Pencils // Fly Rasta Football Jersey // Me and Arrow Key Ring in Tan Leather // Stan Smith for Adidas Sneakers // House of Marley Billet Watch 

Show Us How You #LiveMarley

When it comes to social platforms, Instagram has got to be one of the best places for creatives. While shamelessly checking out our #LiveMarley hashtag, we came across quite a few visuals that stood out. We love seeing all of the ways our dups (Patois for friends) embody the #LiveMarley ways – from the beach to the office, and everywhere in between. Big thanks to our followers for sharing the love! Images by @rikki1992, @_ladyfreedom, @svenschlager, @soulrebel_leigha, @renatewinkel, @bllackowll.

 

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African Thriller Remix Contest | Rocky Dawuni

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“African Thriller”, the first single from Rocky Dawunis forthcoming Branches of the Same Tree(out March 17th, 2015) embodies a unique and accessible “Afro-Roots” sound: a sumptuously funky blend of soul, pop, Afrobeat and reggae grooves. With his internationally recognized charisma and reputation as a dedicated activist, Rocky is a galvanizing performer and now he wants you to remix his celebratory track!

 

The “African Thriller Remix Contest” is your opportunity to express yourself through Rocky Dawuni’s music in whatever genre of your choosing. All are encouraged to enter and winners will be selected directly by Rocky. Be as creative as you can and transform Rocky’s music!

In his own words: “My song ‘African Thriller’ represents a cultural fusion of musical styles and challenging boundaries. I believe it lends itself to exciting and interesting sonic interpretations.

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This month, the electrifying video for “African Thriller” features DJ and Producer Jeremey Sole‘s remixed version of the song. Sole, an acclaimed host on Los Angeles’ taste-defining radio station KCRW has previously remixed tracks for Femi KutiDavid BowieThievery Corporation and Quantic among others. Watch the video here.

Full downloadable stems of “African Thriller” can be downloaded directly here. And are available on Cumbancha’s Soundcloud page here.

All details including prizes, rules, submission guidelines and deadlines can be found con the contest’s page here.

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Prizes

The Grand Prize Winner’s track will be promoted through the artist’s and label’s social media and the winner will receive The House of Marley’s lux Bamboo Get Together Bluetooth ® Portable Audio Systemas well as a signed, limited-edition vinyl copy of Rocky’s new album Branches of the Same Tree. Two Runner Ups will receive the stylish Liberate On-Ear Headphones also from The House of Marley.

 

Contest Dates:

December 8, 2014- Remix Contest begins

February 8, 2015 - Remix Contest closes (all submissions must be made before midnight EST)

March 17, 2015 – Branches of Same Tree album release date + Remix Contest winner is announced

 

More on African Thriller

African Thriller” is the first single from Rocky Dawuni’s forthcoming album Branches of the Same Tree,to be released by Cumbancha in March 2015. The single is currently available on iTunesAmazonSpotifyCumbancha’s webstore and other online outlets.

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Rocky Dawuni is a musician and humanitarian activist from Ghana, West Africa. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN, his recordings and thrilling live performances have attracted thousands to his concerts around the world at top festivals and prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Dawuni has collaborated and performed with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others.

Dawuni’s eloquence, cultural diplomacy and successful melding of music and activism have led him to become a passionate spokesperson for various global causes. He has joined forces with Product (RED), UNICEF, the Carter Center and the UN Foundation. In 2012, Dawuni was appointed the Tourism and Cultural Ambassador of Ghana and World Ambassador for the Musicians Union of Ghana. The same year, he was named a United Nations Foundation Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, alongside actress Julia Roberts and chef José Andrés.

Rocky Dawuni’s sixth album, Branches of the Same Tree, promises to bring him an even wider international audience. Influenced by the soulful beats of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, the positive messages and deep grooves of Bob Marley and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael Franti, K’naan and Matisyahu, Rocky Dawuni’s songs straddle the musical boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the US to create a universally appealing sound that unites generations and cultures.

 

Artist website: www.rockydawuni.com

Artist Facebook: www.facebook.com/RockyDawuni

Artist Twitter: twitter.com/RockyDawuni

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Rocky Dawuni’s “African Thriller” music video

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The House of Marley has been patiently waiting to reveal Rocky Dawuni’s “African Thriller” music video. The first single off his new album “Branches of the Same Tree”, which will be released in 2015. This video is filled with amazing dance moves, ladies in gorgeous outfits and much more for you to enjoy!

Check out more of these dope behind the scenes photos on FARAHSTOP  by Farah Sosa!

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New Album: Etana – “I Rise”

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Yesterday the House of Marley was blessed to meet and interview Etana, reggae’s beautiful leading lady. It was a big day for Etana as it marked the release day of her 4th album “I Rise”. We were given a sneak peak of the album and we put it on blast non stop in the office. Etana’s mesmerizing voice and positive words uplift the soul and can make any worry you have slowly creep away. Peep the interview below and the wise words Etana gives to aspiring artists.

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Dee: What inspired you to write “Wrong Address”, and did you think this song was going to be such a huge success on reggae music charts?

Etana: I had no idea. But my aunt is the person I wrote that song for, who applied for a job and didn’t get it. The song is not like reggae reggae so I didn’t even think it would fit on the radio.

 

How did you balance obtaining your nursing degree with your passion for music?

It wasn’t a passion of music that made me decide to not go to school. I was just bored and tired of going to work after school and doing the same thing over and over again.

 

What advice would you give aspiring artists who can’t decide whether to stick with school or pursue their music dreams?

You have to follow your heart, that’s all it’s about really. You have to know within you what you want for yourself and you always. You always  have to follow your heart and do whatever makes you happy.

 

What was the biggest lesson you learned from being in the girl group “GIFT”?

Following your heart, and not being afraid of expressing myself , and doing what I think is right for me.

 

If you could go back in time what advice would you give an 18 year old you?

There is so much time in the world to do everything, so pace yourself.

 

What is it like being a woman in a male dominated genre of music?

I always know that I have to go hard, and go hard everyday. A little harder as long as I possibly can, thats all it is.

 

What was your first reaction when you heard your name being called at the International Reggae and World Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist?

I was a little shocked, it makes you feel good that you are being acknowledged at such an event. To even be nominated is a good feeling.

 

Etana’s I Rise – Track Listing:
1. Selassie is the Chapel
2. How Long
3. On My Way
4. Stepping Out Of Babylon
5. Jamaica Woman
6. I Rise
7. Richest Girl
8. Love Song
9. By Your Side
10. Passing Thru
11. Trigger
12. Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)
13. Emancipation
14. Jah Jah
15. Jam Credits

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