Won’t You Help To Sing: The House of Marley Celebrates Redemption Through Bob Marley Cover Songs

In his lyrical masterpiece “Redemption Song,” Bob Marley told the world that even if you don’t have much in life, you will always have a song of freedom in your heart. The resounding sentiment of independence and love that results from the lyrics of the song easily explains why it has become one of the most prominent Bob Marley cover songs. From the Clash’s Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash to Rihanna and Lauryn Hill, “Redemption Song” has become a staple cover in the years since Marley first recorded it in 1979.

When House of Marley began the process of naming our in-ear headphones and on-ear headphones, the decision to name a pair emblazoned with the Rastafarian colors, the Redemption Song was the easiest. The lyrics from the Bob Marley song reference a speech from the famous Pan-African freedom leader Marcus Garvey, in which he spoke about the release of all African descendants worldwide. Just like Marley says that a song is a link to freedom, Redemption Song in-ear headphones/on-ear headphones are a vessel for music that can lead many to the light at the end of the tunnel.

While there are no exact numbers on just how many Bob Marley cover songs have been recorded throughout the years, there are hundreds of recorded versions of “Redemption Song” from professional musicians, and even twice that amount from amateurs. In honor of one of Bob’s most treasured works and the House of Marley Redemption Song in-ear headphones/on-ear headphones, we’ve gathered together five of our favorite versions of “Redemption Song” for your listening pleasure. Check out these classic Bob Marley cover songs from Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash, Rihanna, Matisyahu and Lauryn Hill featuring Ziggy Marley.

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

Johnny Cash featuring Joe Strummer

Rihanna

Lauryn Hill featuring Ziggy Marley

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Satisfying Sounds: The House of Marley Offers Up a Free Bag of Rhythm

The House of Marley is now offering one lucky fan the chance to win a Bag of Rhythm. All you have to do is complete a simple survey about our sport in-ear headphones. We want to know how they have treated you during your adventures.

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Head to the House of Marley Facebook page, click the ‘WIN’ tab and take our sport in-ear headphones survey. After answering a few questions, you’ll be automatically entered to win your very own Bag of Rhythm. Perfect for hanging at the beach, taking to the skate park or strapping to your bike, the Bag of Rhythm kicks out the jams like no other portable audio system around.

Still need more proof that the Bag of Rhythm is amazing? If you don’t already know how epic our Bag of Rhythm is, check out this clip of Australian street performer and singer, DubFx putting on a private show in a beautiful tree-lined setting with his Bag of Rhythm.

Go to the House of Marley Facebook page now and click the ‘WIN’ tab. Then just take the sports in-ear headphones survey and countdown the days until we announce the lucky winner of our awesome Bag of Rhythm.

#LiveMarley On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour: Week 4

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With a 1955 VW Marley bus stocked with Marley headphones and a summer’s worth of sunscreen, the House of Marley’s Chris Hurley will be giving us a behind-the-scenes look at life On the Road with the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.

WEEK 4

July 7 • Tinley Park, IL

Today we were just outside of Chicago in Tinley Park, Illinois. Chicago always has, and always will be a great American music city. We were so busy today that I am just now writing this from my bunk at 11:55 pm. In fact, we’re already driving to tomorrow’ show.
Today was a blur, but one band that stood out was The Green. They played an amazing set. Check them out. They’re from the 808 state of Hawaii and one of our favorites on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour House of Marley stage.

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The Green, coming straight from the 808.

July 9 • Bonner Springs, KS

We’re in the heart of Midwest, USA today! Craig and I just got done throwing the football around with a few members of Ballyhoo!, Taylor just finished up her daily Yoga session, and now all of us are ready to begin spreading the good word about the House of Marley’s world class on-ear, in-ear and over-ear headphones. One thing I’ve noticed about the Midwest: people out here really do appreciate the eco-friendly side of our products. Pumped to keep making impressions everywhere we can!

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Ballyhoo! amping up the Midwest.

July 11 • Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Today is another beautiful day for a rock show! All the trees and vegetation here in Ohio are so green and lush. Although it’s pretty hot and sweaty, I can’t complain because one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen is selling bottled water in front of our stage all day long… I think I’m going to go over there and tell her all about “one love,” if you know what I mean.

July 12 • Burgettstown, PA

Ran into a few of the guys from All Time Low yesterday at our nightly backstage barbecue. Really cool and friendly guys. I started to tell them to come check out the House of Marley VW bus sometime, but before I could even finish, they insisted that all the House of Marley people come down to their set today, so that’s what we’re on the way to do now!
In addition, we have a really cool band joining the House of Marley stage… Say hello to Lost Prophets! Today is their first day on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour, and they deserve a warm welcome considering they came all the way from the UK!

July 13 • Holmdel, NJ

Today was a BIG day! So big, in fact, that its the largest single day in Warped Tour history! A total of 113 bands performed today, which is the most bands to have ever taken the stage in one day in the full 18 years of the Vans Warped Tour. In the midst of all the craziness, Justin from Anti-Flag ended up hanging with us on our bus after their set, pumped on his new pair of Zion Midnight in-ear headphones!

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Justin from Anti-Flag is the latest to #LiveMarley.

#LiveMarley Fan Photos

July 7 • Tinley Park, IL

July 8 • Shakopee, MN

July 9 • Bonner Springs, KS

July 10 • Noblesville, IN

July 12 • Burgettstown, PA



Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 1 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 2 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 3 Recap.

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Anatomy of the House of Marley Lion Crest

The lion has long been a symbol of pride and power, especially in the Rastafarian community, so naturally the king of the jungle takes center stage in the House of Marley lion crest. We use the Marley lion crest to identify distributors and retailers of the House of Marley on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones and over-ear headphones, but it also symbolizes that a product is high quality, made with earth friendly materials, and follows the tenets of Bob Marley.

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The design elements in the House of Marley lion crest are rooted in Rastafarianism. Based on the Lion of Judah, which represents the key figure in Rastafarian, Emperor Haile Selassie I, the Marley lion crest features two mighty lions flanked by a ribbon that reads, “Marett Tsehai Dam.” This Amharic phrase translates to, “Land, Sun, Blood” – the basis of the well-known Rasta colors of green, yellow and red.

The House of Marley lion crest also features the Ethiopian Coptic Cross at its center, overlaying the a pattern of green, yellow and red, and topped off by a regal crown. These elements reinforce the importance and majesty of the Marley name, guaranteeing a quality House of Marley product.

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At the House of Marley, we use the virtues of Bob Marley as a touchstone for all that we do with our brand. The Marley lion crest is a visual expression of this, just as our on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones, and over-ear headphones demonstrate it through sweet, sweet music.

#LiveMarley On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour: New Found Glory Interview

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With a 1955 VW Marley bus stocked with Marley headphones and a summer’s worth of sunscreen, the House of Marley’s Chris Hurley will be giving us a behind-the-scenes look at life On the Road with the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.

This week, Chris Hurley is joined by 2012 Vans Warped Tour headliners, Marley headphones enthusiasts, and all-around nice guys, New Found Glory. Check out the video interview below to see which House of Marley product NFG wants to throw wheels on and turn into a skateboard.

New Found Glory

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Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 1 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 2 Recap.

Read the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Week 3 Recap.

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Get Free Headphones By Entering House of Marley Competwition

get-free-headphones-2Styled to reflect the colors of the jungle with an overall look that resembles a classic army uniform, the House of Marley Revolution on-ear headphones are truly the sound of the people. Now, thanks to a little friendly Competwition, one lucky fan that tweets at the House of Marley will get free headphones, becoming the proud owner of a pair of Revolution on-ear headphones.

Built not just for style but an intense sound experience as well, the Revolution headphones feature premium sound courtesy of 40 mm moving coiled drivers that harness bass sounds that will make your Wailers records sound like rolling thunder. Additionally, the ear cushions on these Marley on-ear headphones are practically pillow-like and provide noise cancellation technology to satisfy your soul by blocking out the outside world.

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The Revolution on-ear headphones, like all other Marley headphones, reflect the company’s earth-friendly stance and are outfitted with recycled aluminum, steel and canvas. With the Revolution, we have perfected the mix of stellar sound and what’s best for Mother Nature.

So sure, the Revolution headphones are amazing, but more importantly you’re reading this to find out how to win the Competwition and get free headphones. Start by heading to the House of Marley Revolution on-ear headphones giveaway page at Competwition and clicking the blue “Enter now!” button. Sign into Twitter, authorize Competwition and you will automatically be entered to get free headphones from the House of Marley!

Celebs Show “One Love” to House of Marley Headphones

Since The House of Marley first began making eco-friendly headphones and audio systems a few years ago, we’ve been fortunate enough to make friends all around the world. From the average music enthusiast who listens on his phone and isn’t worried about decibel levels, to world class DJs who seek out a certain level of isolation, fans of House of Marley headphones span a wide spectrum of music lovers.

Lately, we have been meeting a lot of celebrities who are really into House of Marley headphones, so we decided to share some of the photos here. These are cool and all, but we know more than just actors, musicians, and athletes rock our gear. That’s why we want all of you to post pictures of yourselves wearing House of Marley headphones to our Facebook wall. We want to show off every House of Marley lover. In the mean time, check out some of our new celebrity friends.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato, star of Sonny With a Chance and singing wunderkind, recently checked out House of Marley products and was all about the Positive Vibration on-ear headphones. From the vibrant spiral cord that nearly matches Lovato’s hair, to the use of eco-friendly materials, we wowed the newly crowned X-Factor judge with our headphone stuff.

Dwight Howard

Stylin’ and profilin’ with a House of Marley team member, six-time NBA All-Star and Orlando Magic center, Dwight Howard offered his peace sign of approval at a recent store appearance. Repping a pair of Exodus on-ear headphones, Dwight was all about the lightweight, comfortable leather headband and the powerful sound billowing out of the baby bottom soft ear cups.

Korn

Whether you were a Jnco sportin’ supporter in the ‘90s, or you’re more into their recent collaboration with Skrillex, one thing’s for sure… the band Korn has lasting power. Similarly, so do House of Marley headphones. These are the last pair of headphones you will ever need.

Rich Medina

Two words describe Rich Medina: crate digger. Spending the better part of the past 30 years knee-deep in dust looking through vinyl records, Medina is notorious for finding impeccable copies of records once thought to be long gone. No one pays attention to the fine details of music like Medina, and House of Marley on-ear headphones like the Stir It Up model allow users to catch every snap, crackle and pop of beautiful vinyl records.

James Loney

As first baseman for the L.A. Dodgers, James Loney is used to the sounds of Dodger Stadium, and ultimately the House of Marley over-ear headphones experience isn’t much different from that. Whether standing at his base or at home relaxing, the stadium and headphones are both loud and cancel out the distractions of everyday life.

Travie McCoy

He wanted to be a millionaire so bad, became one, and now Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes is rocking House of Marley on-ear headphones. McCoy has gained a reputation as a rough-edged rapper who has a sweet side too. The same can be said for House of Marley headphones. Want to bump the heaviest hip-hop? House of Marley headphones will deliver it with a cushy softness you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Lil Jon

Maybe it’s been a minute since you last pulled out your Lil Jon impression. Take a second. Get it out of your system, we’ll wait. If you want to know what’s made an impression on Lil Jon himself, look no further than our Destiny over-ear headphones. Sleek and comfortable, it’s got everything to make you say, YEAHHHHHHHH!

LMFAO

Sexy and he knows it, Red Foo of LMFAO lives everyday to its fullest. That means turning any situation into a party, even if you’re alone. How best to do that? Take Red Foo’s advice and strap on some House of Marley Positive Vibration headphones and dial up a party rock anthem from LMAFO.

Kevin McDonald

As director of the new Bob Marley documentary, Marley, Academy Award winner Kevin McDonald has spent years diving into the reggae singer’s life and music, sporting House of Marley headphones along the way. Perfect for delivering the crisp treble and heavy bass necessary for listening to the top Bob Marley songs, McDonald shows off the Redemption Song headphones, which are embellished with pieces of recycled beach wood.

David Henrie

Wizards of Waverly Place star David Henrie lends his support to Stir It Up headphones too. Magic may not be a reality like it is on Henrie’s hit Disney TV show, but these headphones are putting a spell on ears all over the world.

Carrie Ann Inaba

Obviously, music is important to Carrie Ann Inaba. Because without music, how you gonna dance? This gorgeous Dancing with the Stars judge takes listening to music as seriously as she takes dancing to music. And to do that, she needs a serious pair of over-ear headphones like House of Marley’s Destiny model.

Many thanks to these big timers for the support. Like we said before, head over to our Facebook wall and show us which Marley headphones bring you sweet music!

#LiveMarley On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour: Week 2

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With a 1955 VW Marley bus stocked with Marley headphones and a summer’s worth of sunscreen, the House of Marley’s Chris Hurley will be giving us a behind-the-scenes look at life On the Road with the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.

WEEK 2

June 23 • San Francisco, CA

Hello San Francisco! What a beautiful city, and what a beautiful day. Today’s show is already sold out (20,000 tickets sold)! That means we’re gonna be busy. Yesterday we sold more earbud headphones than any other day on the tour. Hopefully we can keep that momentum moving today. With the capacity crowd and this awesome weather, I think we can.

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Doin’ work.

June 24 • Ventura, CA

Today, the 2012 Vans Warped Tour stops in Ventura, California, just south of Santa Barbara. The venue today is probably going to be one of the most scenic we see this summer. The House of Marley stage is facing directly toward the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Islands.
Later today, Mod Sun will be on the HOM stage with a very special guest: Cisco Adler from Shwayze. Another great day of music and another great day to spread the word about #LiveMarley and all the amazing things we’re doing at the House of Marley!

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Mod Sun with Cisco Adler on the House of Marley stage.

June 27 • Chula Vista, CA

Today is our last day in California. We’re in Chula Vista, which is about ten miles off the Mexican border.
It’s such a beautiful day, we better enjoy it while it lasts. Starting tomorrow, we head east into Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, all of which will be unreasonably hot, I’m sure. Speaking of which, I’m currently writing this from the air-conditioned comforts of the tour bus we share with a few other sponsors. I’m going to soak up as much of this as I can before we hit the triple digit temperatures of the Southwest.
At 4:45, New Found Glory will be coming by the Marley tent to hangout and sign stuff for their fans. Great band, great guys, great day to visit the House of Marley on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour!

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Our new friends in New Found Glory, meeting fans at the House of Marley tent.

June 28 • Glendale, AZ

I’m feeling hot, hot, HOT! It’s 8:35 am and it’s already 95 degrees outside! We are being warned that temperatures could reach as high as 110 degrees. The kids coming today must really love these bands, because these weather conditions are in no way enjoyable.
One “cool” thing that did happy this morning was stumbled upon a video blog from the 2012 Vans Warped Tour band, We The Kings. Yesterday in Chula Vista, Charles and Danny from We The Kings came by to hangout at the VW Marley bus. They were so ecstatic about the Marley headphones and our values of being Earth-friendly and sustainable that they picked up a couple pairs of Zion and Conqueror in-ear headphones. And as I mentioned, they even gave us a nice shout-out in their video blog, Internet Killed TV. Check it out below!

June 29 • Las Cruces, NM

Today, the 2012 Vans Warped Tour is making a stop in Las Cruces, home of New Mexico State University. We’re bracing for another hot day, but it shouldn’t be nearly as intense as yesterday in Arizona. That’s good because my House of Marley tourmates, Taylor and Craig have been working out here nonstop so far today. Seems like New Mexico has a lot of love for Marley! Taylor’s been taking some awesome pics of all our new friends, and Craig has been hooking everybody up with the Marley in-ear headphones. And lest we forget the bands on the House of Marley stage are killing it, day in and day out, regardless of the heat! Can’t stop, won’t stop.

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G-Eazy showing the kids some #LiveMarley love.

#LiveMarley Fan Photos

June 23 • San Francisco, CA

June 24 • Ventura, CA

June 27 • Chula Vista, CA

June 29 • Las Cruces, NM



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#LiveMarley On The 2012 Vans Warped Tour: Week 1

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When the House of Marley was invited to host a stage at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour, we were thrilled about the prospect of sharing our message, our products, and some of our favorite artists with audiences across North America. With a stocked 1955 Volkswagon Marley bus full of swag, Marley headphones, and a summer’s worth of sunscreen, the House of Marley team will be out in full-force at every date of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour, meeting fans, doing product demos and teaching kids everywhere what it means to live #LiveMarley.

Along the way, the House of Marley’s tour manager, Chris Hurley will be capturing the excitement in a series of backstage blogs, photos, and videos from the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. The first installment: coming to you right now.

WEEK 1

June 15 • Huntington Beach, CA

Hello.
My name is Chris Hurley. I am 25-years-old, from Huntington Beach, California, and I’m the House of Marley’s tour manager for the 2012 Vans Warped Tour! I just finished packing my bags for what promises to be a long and memorable road trip, kicking off tomorrow in Salt Lake City.
Joining me on the journey are Craig Jarvis and Taylor Miller. Collectively, we couldn’t be more excited about representing HOM on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour, and I can’t wait to share our stories. Buckle up.

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June 16 • Salt Lake City, UT

Today we are in Salt Lake City for day one, and WOW! Talk about a huge production. There are seven stages and almost one hundred bands on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. So cool that the House of Marley is one of those seven stages.
In addition to having our own stage, we also brought along our 1955 Volkswagon Marley bus. From the bus, we get to sell Marley headphones and interact with 15,000 concert-goers on a daily basis. Believe me when I say our stage, our van, and our products turn heads immediately. We definitely have the coolest, most eye-catching setup if I do say so myself!

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The ’55 VW Marley bus!

June 17 • Denver, CO

Glad to say we made it to day two. We almost didn’t. Whewwww…
Last night, we were getting ready to load the Marley bus onto the trailer for the overnight drive to Denver. You see, the Marley bus is 57-years-old and dropped so low, it passes for a low rider. The ramps on the trailer were less than four feet long, so trying to get our bus up and onto the trailer was almost impossible. It just kept bottoming out. We must have had 20 different people helping us push, pull and lift the Marley bus.
After about an hour of hard work and creative thinking, we finally got it onto the trailer and strapped down safely for the trek to Denver. It was really encouraging to see so many people help us out considering we are the tour rookies. But then again, who wouldn’t help out a ’55 VW bus in need?

June 20 • Las Vegas, NV

Not sure if this happens every year, but whoever organized the 2012 Vans Warped Tour made sure to schedule two days off in Vegas! Think its a good idea to have a hundred bands and sponsors spend two days in Sin City? We sure did!
We stayed at the Luxor, went out to dinner, played a little Blackjack, hit the gym and spa, then took in the sights and sounds of the strip, saving a little time to rest up for our big day today. Now it’s 100 degrees of pure desert heat. 12 hour days in conditions like these can sometimes be tough, but luckily for us we have plenty of water and amazing hip hop and reggae artists to get us through the day!

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Back to work!

June 21 • Irvine, CA

We are back in Cali! Craig, Taylor and I all currently live in Southern California, so it’s nice that the 2012 Vans Warped Tour is already bringing us back home. We all have a lot of great friends coming to today’s show in Irvine, and we get to enjoy the cool Pacific Ocean breeze. A welcome substitute for yesterday’s desert heat.
Today on the House of Marley stage I’m most looking forward to Hawaiian reggae band, The Green and hip hop artist and Riverside, California’s own T. Mills. Both artists have strong followings here in SoCal. Gonna be dope!

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T. Mills running the House of Marley stage.

June 22 • Pomona, CA

On our way to Pomona! Team Marley is definitely making our presence known here on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. More and more bands are coming up to us asking about Marley headphones. What is House of Marley? How are Marley headphones Earth friendly? What is 1Love.org? These are all questions we receive every day from some of our favorite bands. In the first week alone I’ve been able to talk Marley headphones with Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, The Used, New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, Anti-Flag, G-Eazy and more. It’s amazing! I have yet to come across a single person who can’t appreciate something about Marley headphones. There is always something about House of Marley for people to relate to and appreciate, and I’m proud to be able to share this stuff with bands I admire and great people at every stop of the tour!

#LiveMarley Fan Photos

June 16 • Salt Lake City, UT

June 17 • Denver, CO

June 20 • Las Vegas, NV

June 21 • Irvine, CA

June 22 • Pomona, CA



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Announcing Instagram Contest Winners: #LiveMarley with Music

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Earlier this month, The House of Marley and Dan Rubin teamed up for the inaugural #LiveMarley Instagram contest. The challenge was for Instagram users to use a single photo to capture how music inspires their lives. The prize was a pair of our popular Exodus on-ear headphones.

The response was amazing, and choosing a single winner felt near impossible at times. But in the end, the submission from Instagram user @f_strat stood high above the rest. So high, in fact, that he had a pretty heroic shadow going (as you’ll see below). So without further ado, behold the winner of the #LiveMarley with Music Instagram Contest and our Featured Five runners-up!

#LiveMarley with Music Instagram Contest Winner:

@f_strat

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#LiveMarley with Music Instagram Contest Featured Five:

@warriorbride731

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@parallaxrider

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@yfactor8

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@bucketdrop

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@that_actor_guy

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Congratulations to @f_strat, and many thanks to everyone who participated!
Stay tuned for the next #LiveMarley Instagram contest, and as always, stay inspired by music with House of Marley headphones.