2014’s Year End Wrap

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As 2014 comes to a close, we’re taking some time to reflect on all of this year’s accomplishments and action. It’s been a great ride filled with good vibes and the always improving #TeamMarley support system!

AfroPunk Fest! Bringing in over 60,000 people to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, we still can’t stop talking about it. The style and energy was wild (see photo above for some direct proof on that note) Our Get Together party alongside the DJ’s at the Gold stage had thousands of people dancing all day long.

- The Get Together Speaker video launch was a huge success for all involved. We traveled all over and connected with the dopest of videographers to show our audience the authenticity and creativity behind the House of Marley name.

– Throughout the year, we were stoked to release and share our video series, Noisey Jamaica II,  focusing on the rising artists in Jamaica. Names like Jesse Royal, Alkaline, Popcaan, and Ras Malekot got to show their talents in a raw video form. Who doesn’t love viewing the beautiful and deep rooted music and culture of Jamaica? Big Thanks to Noisey Music, Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire, and all who contributed to this video series.

– To domino off of that, we celebrated the success of the Noisey Jamaica II video series in the best way we know how, a party..with lots of live music. We took it over to Kinfolk in Brooklyn and invited House of Marley ambassadors, Electric Punanny to get on the 1’s and 2’s, and we even had a drum line march threw the crowd to turn it all the way up. The club was going up on a TUESDAY. Yes, it was an actual Tuesday – we all know weekday parties tend to be the best there is. Check out photos from the event here.

– Damian “Jr Gong” Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise will go down in cruise ship history. Filled with music and heavy positive vibes; the weekend of October 20 – 25th was wild. Jamaica’s best reggae artists, including: Sean Paul, Cham, Wayne Marshall, Etana, Bounty Killer and more, graced the stage and had the crowd rocking for several days straight! Check out the recap, but don’t blame us for the #FOMO that might endure over here.

– Another moment our NYC team was quick to embrace: Spring’s opening of the new Miss Lily’s location closer to the office in The East Village. If you’ve never been yet, it’s a destination always at the top of our list.

– Electric Punanny’s Asian Tour had the other side of the world dancing all night long. Melo X and Jasmine Solano are a dynamic duo and a pair that definitely can not be mimicked or duplicated. Singapore, ManilaBali, Seoul, and Shanghai were the main pit stops on their tour, check out those recaps. The House of Marley is very proud to represent these two.

– The incredible team of Miles2Give powered by our friend Landon Thomas, finished the second annual 10,321 mile tour around the United States exceeding their goal of $50,000 to support research in benefit of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in the fight of Sarcoma Cancer.

LargeUp named Jesse Royal a 2014 ‘Artist To Watch’ and throughout the year he continued to show us all why, dropping singles and mix-tapes landing at the top of every list. Proud to call Royal a part of #TeamMarley.

– We love the Reggae Girlz, and the House of Marley is giving major props to all that this team has accomplished in 2014. This amazing group of soccer stars raised over 100% of the funds needed to send them to the World Cup 2015 bid. The House of Marley matched $100 to every $1 that was donated. We can’t wait to see these girls dominate in 2015 and bring home the gold!

While 2014 is coming to a close when the clock strikes midnight tonight, we are ready to take on 2015 in full force. Big ups to everyone who helped make 2014 what it has been.

New Visuals from Electric Punanny – #RosaCaleta

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 4.04.18 PMRosa Caleta – This song is nothing short but a stimulating musical journey. It will take you up, down and all around, just make sure you’re ready to dance and vibe out! House of Marley Ambassadors, Electric Punanny (Melo-X and Jasmine Solano), always come through with the eclectic riddims. Check our their video for Rosa Caleta below!

 

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 on 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

March 17th, 2015 - Remix Contest closes (all submissions must be made before midnight EST)

March 31st, 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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