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!Follow Me
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!
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.Follow Me
The 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.
Last 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.
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.
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.
Tune in and turn turn it all the way up us at CES 2015! Get ready for live sets, amplified riddims and an injection of some serious Jamaican sounds. Our 2015 products are ready to be unveiled and we can’t wait to share them. See ya’ll there!Follow Me
“African Thriller”, the first single from Rocky Dawuni‘s 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.”
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 Kuti, David Bowie, Thievery Corporation and Quantic among others. Watch the video here.
All details including prizes, rules, submission guidelines and deadlines can be found con the contest’s page here.
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.
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
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“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 iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Cumbancha’s webstore and other online outlets.
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
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…
First order of business is always EATS! And second of course is to par-tay.
Oh, and to pick up coffee in a bag on the way to the club…
Photos courtesy of Gem Bar:
And thanks to my homegirl Masia One for coming through and accepting me forcing her on the mic!
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!
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!
Fourth stop on the tour was Manila, Philippines! Another first time for both me and MeLo-X, we had no idea what to expect. Turns out, Manila TURNS UP. We only had 24 hours in the city, and we certainly made the most of it. Not to mention, it was Halloween night… Read on!
Never gets old…
First order of business, vintage shopping! Angelo and Eric (Black Market) took us to what is considered the “Williamsburg” of Manila. A cozy two block area filled with local shops all run by young creatives. Look out for the guys new vinyl store opening soon!
Next it was time to get ready for the party! Luckily our hosts Anna and Eric had extra masks for us, since we didn’t pack anything close to a Halloween costume.
Anna’s costume was hands down the best. We watched the process of her make up getting done, it was a movie set!
Besides Bali, the party at Black Market was the craziest. At one point we both jumped on top of the DJ booth, sweated off our Halloween masks and had choreography poppin’ like we were opening for Bey!
Photos courtesy of Black Market:
And check out the video recap:
Manila, you crazy little thing you! Hope to be back soon, but for now it’s off to Singapore!Follow Me
The third stop on our World Tour #AsiaEdition was Bali, Indonesia. A special stop for Jasmine being that her father is from Java, Indonesia. We had a few days there, which worked in our favor. Thus our adventure begins…
Pretty much the best greeting ever, although why not “Mrs.”?!
Our hotel, TS Suites was just above the nightclub and to describe it as luxurious would be an understatement…
It was time to explore! Not only did Jasmine’s uncle and cousin meet up with us, but so did our long time friend Madeleine who happened to be in Hong Kong at the time. It was truly a family affair. We spent the day visiting Uluwatu Temple, eating a ton of Nasi Goreng and taking in the sights (and heat).
Despite the look on his face, MeLo was very happy with this natural flower crown.
Madeleine trying the local fruit, which was delicious…
The next day it was time for our big show at Jenja! This venue was one of the nicest we’ve seen worldwide. The party was strictly hip-hop, r&b and reggae and we learned it was the only one of its kind on the island. Perfect!
Don’t get it twisted either, Jasmine’s family stayed until the lights came on!
Extra photos courtesy of Bali Tonight:
Our final day in Bali included some much needed R&R at TS Suites infinity pool, a coffee / juice visit to Whale and Co. and some last minute shopping at only the best stores…
Bali, you were but a dream.
Next stop: Manila, Philippines!Follow Me