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

February 15th: The Get Together Miami

Miami here we come! The House of Marley is ready to light up the Magic City with another Get Together party. Musical guests include Kabaka Pyramid, Jo Mersa Marley and special guest Stephen Marley. Wipe away your Valentines Day feels and be prepared to groove all night long. To purchase tickets click here!

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Chronixx is Going on a West Coast Tour!

Call a friend and grab your tickets because House of Marley homie, Chronixx is hitting the West Coast! The Dread & Terrible West Coast Tour with company from Keznamdi and Kelissa starts on Valentines Day in San Diego, with stops in Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles and more. Tickets can be purchases here!

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Sundance Film Festival Selects

Sundance Film Festival  is now in full effect. Since 1985 the festival has highlighted the best of the best of storytellers and beyond. Park City, Utah will be filled with the film industries most creative indie directors, videographers and actors from January 22nd to February 1st. 

While we’re not there to witness it all first hand this time around, we’ve compiled a list of a few films we’re psyched about. Check them out below!

Dope – Shot in Inglewood, California, this film blends together an interesting fusion of hip-hop, drugs, and the all mighty Bitcoin. A$AP Rocky makes his proper acting debut.

Being Evel –  This film is about Evel Knievel, an American daredevil who attempted 75 ramp to ramp deathly jumps which shot him to stardom. Every child born in the 70’s new his name and wanted to mimic his greatest, so this film will be a great blast in the past.

Cronies – Filmed in 2014 and produced by Spike Lee, this film features three friends struggling to maintain their relationships as they enter adulthood, a growing pain all of us can relate to.

James White – This film is about a troubled man and his journey surviving in New York city, while balancing a positive relationship with his mother. With a feature from rapper Kid Cudi of course we are excited about this film.

Digging for Life – A “boys will be boys” type film set in East LA which showcases a couples juggle with young parenthood. While trying to make ends meet the couple picks up house sitting for a gig and winds up surprised at what they find at the residence.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck - This documentary features never-before-seen visuals, interviews and home movies from the world of Kurt Cobain.

Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, 2015

 

1.ochorios liberateThe 2nd Annual Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise tickets are on sale now and our sources say they’re going fast. After last year’s experience, the word is out to say the least, so you’ll want to make sure you cop these tickets while you can.

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1.tarrus riley mainLast years cruise was bananas, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Sean Paul, Cham, Morgan Heritage and Wayne Marshall were just a few of the headlining acts on the ship.

 

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This year after a successful first go around, the Jamrock Reggae Cruise team has decided to bring out 2 major cruise ships to head out to sea. The first cruise takes off November 30th and lands back to shore on December 5th, with the second cruise running from December 5th through the 10th. Featured artists include, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Third World, Capleton, and of course Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and much more.

 

Call your friends and family and lets get ready for *THE* Reggae experience on the ocean. Peep the video below for a bit of what we were fortunate enough to experience last year incase you need some further convincing.

For tickets, updates and more information, visit the Jamrock Reggae Cruise site.

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Consumer Electronics Show 2015

What – a – week. After much preparation and hard work gearing up for the largest consumer electronics trade show in the world, our team is back from Las Vegas and ready to rock. The week long show was a mix of party meets presentation to show the latest House of Marley products to be available in 2015. Updated technology, a wide range of new color-ways, and fashion forward designs are just a few of what you’ll be seeing in 2015 and CES was our first chance to debut it all.

In true Marley fashion, we brought live music each day to break up the busy schedule and give everyone a place to relax (..or turn up, given the moment) at the half way mark of the show. Daniel Bambaata Marley, Johnny Osbourne, Shine Head, and Sister Nancy made up the legendary line-up that had the crowd vibing from Tuesday to Friday. Special thanks to LargeUp, DJ Gravy, and DJ Synapse for keeping the music flowing through our One Foundation speakers the entire time.

Speaking of the One Foundation…House of Marley took home the ‘Best In Home Audio’ award thanks to Twice Magazine.

To add to the mix, we had custom jersey’s being made for our VIPs all week thanks to the team over at Fly Nowhere, giving the perfect touch to the Marley experience.

Big up to everyone who helped make this CES a win! 20-15, we are ready.

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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ELECTRIC PUNANNY Asia Tour: #5 Singapore

Our last and final stop on the tour was Singapore! Set to play at Gem Bar with Darren Dubwise, we were excited to see if the last city could be as amazing as all the rest. Indeed it was…

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First order of business is always EATS!DSC07035 DSC07068 DSC07069And second of course is to par-tay.

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Photos courtesy of Gem Bar:

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And thanks to my homegirl Masia One for coming through and accepting me forcing her on the mic!

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Our final day, we took to the streets! We had an interview with Ziggy Magazine which is coming out soon, visited my fav record store and got treated to an delicious meal at Phuck – the head chef made us a vegan entree separate from the menu, we appreciated it!

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And that’s a wrap folks! We’d like to thank everyone that came out to dance, all the venues and promoters and of course – our family at House of Marley for making it all happen! Til’ next year!

-xo