Music Connects: Shama Beckford


My name is Elishama Beckford, I am a skateboarder and surfer from the the beautiful island of Jamaica, my way of living Marley is spreading love through surfing and skateboarding and to promote growth of both sports in my country, so that more people may enjoy surfing and skateboarding as I do and use them as ways to channel their creativity.


To me music is a universal language, no matter race or age – good music can be appreciated by all. Music has the power to bring people together and create a vibrant environment and unforgettable experiences.
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Photos by Grams.

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!


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. overview

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.


New Album: Etana – “I Rise”


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.



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

Noisey Jamaica II: Episode 4

In episode 4 of Noisey Jamaica 2, we link up with some of the best new Jamaican artists from Jon Bakers Gee Jam Studios. Noisey links up with Chris Blackwell (Island Records Founder), and we also get introduced to some Major Lazer affiliates.