Music Monday: Noisey Jamaica II Artists

Happy Monday Everyone! It’s Music Monday, and today we are featuring some of the artists within our Noisey Jamaica II series. Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Protoje, Alkaline, and Keznandi are considered to be the leading pack of the reggae revival. Peep some of our favorite songs from these amazing artists below.














2002 BBC Documentary – Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music

TGIF! Today is the perfect day to watch a BBC documentary on one of the most interesting subjects; Jamaican Music. If you haven’t already, you should check our Noisey Jamaica II documentary series, showcasing new and upcoming artists in the reggae and dancehall scene. Great way to compare and contrast the start of Jamaican music and its current  revival.



Part 1: 1950’s Ska period & history of Jamaican Independence
Part 2: Roots Reggae & Bob Marley
Part 3: Progression of Reggae in the 80’s and beyond

Heart of the Marleys: Miami’s Rohan Marley, son Nico carry on Bob’s legacy

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Sports Illustrated conducted an amazing interview with Rohan and his son Nico Marley. They discuss football between the family, and even take a trip to the Bob Marley Museum. This interview shows viewers a side of the family that isn’t musical, but the one common denominator that connects the family is passion in everything they do. “Passion makes us do what we do” – Nico Marley


New Music: Damian “Jr Gong” Marley – Hard Work



New music alert! “Hard Work” is Damian “Jr Gong” Marley’s newest single from his Ghetto Youth International Presents “Set Up Shop Vol. 2″ compilation dropping this Fall. Today is the first day of Fall so hopefully Damian will bless us with this compilation sometime soon.


Vice and The House of Marley are proud to present “Noisey Jamaica”, an immersive six episode journey into two Jamaican musical groundswells shaping the island of their birth and beyond. From the revolutionary young reggae movement led by charismatic artists such as Chronixx and Jesse Royal to controversial new dancehall artists like Alkaline. Noisey Jamaica reports on one of the most dynamic chapters in Jamaica’s rich musical legacy. Check out the first episode below.

Directed by Andy Capper, this six episode documentary series travels from all over Jamaica to report on one of the most dynamic chapters in Jamaica’s rich musical legacy since the advent of Reggae. A new video will be posted each week.

In addition to showing the parallels and exchanges between Reggae and Dancehall, “Noisey Jamaica” will trace the history of Rastafarian culture that eventually led to the evolution of Reggae. A sound and style that conquers the world several times over, produced global super-legend Bob Marley and became a turnkey for Jamaican culture.

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Best of Sean Paul

Sean Paul, now how can you forget a name like that? When it came to dancehall reggae, Sean Paul owned the 2000s. Hit after hit after hit after hit, Sean Paul’s music was played at parties and in clubs around the world. A decade later in 2014 and you will STILL hear your favorite Paul song being blasted on the streets. Check out the videos to his top hits:

Get Busy

I’m Still in Love With You Ft. Sasha


Ever Blazin’

Like Glue

Gimmie the Light

Beyonce – Baby Boy

Music Monday: EarthToYourBrain Mixshow #009

It’s Monday and it’s starting to finally feel like Fall. New York Fashion Week had the city going crazy, but now its over. This mix curated by Nylles Vernon will cool your spirits down from the hectic, week long transitions from party to party. Pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy!



“In this week’s session I kept things a little more mellow and went back and found some gems as always as well as a bunch of flips and great remixes from your favorite artists such as Frank Ocean, Sango, Kanye West, Kuma, Pheo, Quadron, FURNS, Insightful, Eric Roberson, Da-P, 10A, Cassie, k u n, DEEP SHOQ, Blackbear, Musiq Soulchild, Alex Isley & many many more” – ESSNTL

Catch up on past EarthToYourBrain Mixshow Sessions:

Jhene Aiko “Souled Out”

Jhene Aiko has kept fans on their feet for so long prior to the release of her album “Souled Out” — most in part because the Los Angeles native has a poetic voice that can make the coldest of people warm inside. iTunes reviewers have given this album a five star rating, and we would like to add another star to that batch. Click the photo to be linked to her iTunes page.



If you are not familiar with Jhene Aiko, check out this video by R&R Productions as they spend a day with her out in London.

Skateboarding Connecting Youth In Ethiopia


How it Started: 

Ethiopia Skate began as a peer group of young skateboarders led by 16 year old Abenezer Temesgen who would practice and share gear every weekend. As the community grew it attracted photographer Sean Stromsoe and other foreign skaters who each made their own imprint on the history of skating in Ethiopia. We are stoked to learn language, balance, and patience through skating with friends.

We are an international group of skateboarders working to make the world more connected. 

We vision to connect Ethiopian skateboarders and coordinate opportunities for foreign skaters to link up with locals at skate spots around the country. We want to give access to equipment and maintain skate spots as we help guide this influential youth culture” –

Ethiopia Skate | Skateboard Journey

“Basically it’s a bunch of young skaters from every spectrum of life (rich to poor) helping each other progress through skating. The community gives a platform for skaters in Ethiopia to meet each other and meet foreign skaters when they visit.

We are getting several hundred boards in the next couple months and will be passing them out to youth organizations, schools, and individuals to help the sport grow, because now there is no access to skateboards (even for purchase)” – Sean Stromsoe.

Ethiopia Skate | A Message to the World

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Interview with Sean Stromsoe (Ethiopia Skate Member and Photographer):

When did Ethiopia Skate officially form?

Ethiopia Skate started as a peer group of young skaters in Addis Ababa who on weekends would meet and practice in a vacant taxi parking lot. They were lead by 16 year old Abenezer Temesgen. With a major lack of gear and no place to buy a board in all of Ethiopia, they helped each other keep rolling by sharing their own gear. I met them by coincidence one day in June 2013 and we launched a campaign to connect these skaters to the world community in an effort to make a skate park and get more decks for the 30+ kids. We ended up discovering that there were more young Ethiopian skaters and several German and Swedish skaters living in Addis Ababa, and the community was born.

What type of initial reception did you get from the local kids and their parents?

It really depends on the person, but most are thrilled to see skateboarding and cheer when the skaters land difficult tricks. Some guards think the wheels will crack the concrete while others encourage the experienced skaters to jump their stairs or whatnot.

Do you or any of the members of the team speak the languages spoken in Ethiopia? If not, how did/do you guys deal with the language barrier?

I’m learning to speak Amharic, the main language spoken in Ethiopia’s capitol. School in Ethiopia is taught in English so it’s easy to communicate with simple phrases. Right now there are only 2 skaters from abroad working with us in Addis, the rest are local. Everything has been happening on a community basis, since most of the kids don’t have phones they communicate directly with each other when there’s a skate session or when we need to meet at the skate spots.

How much has Ethiopia Skate grown from its initial start?

In a year Ethiopia Skate has kept this core group of skaters rolling while connecting many local beginners and experienced visitors. We’ve built small ramps at youth centers and schools and are working on an actual park. Social media has been our best friend throughout all of this, by connecting a small group of skaters in Ethiopia to the world community. It’s really rewarding to show the world a different side of Ethiopia but also a different side of skateboarding, something closer to it’s roots. 

Where do you see Ethiopia skate going in the next five years?

The introduction of skateboarding in Ethiopia is looking similar to its beginnings in Los Angeles so many years ago, a bunch of kids eager to find skate able spots and pioneer a sport that thrives in the concrete jungle. In five years we think there will be hundreds if not thousands of new skaters across Ethiopia as access to gear will become more readily accessible.

 Our German buddy Daniel Scheidler has been working on a locally produced longboard which can be seen here:

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