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Ky-Mani Marley – Photos & Re-cap

Ky-Mani-Marley_honoring-the-greatest-(edited)Last Thursday, the second youngest of the Marley children, Ky-Mani Marley, came out to Denver to celebrate the 123rd birthday of Haile Selassie.

For those who have never been to Cervantes, it is one of Denver, Colorado’s, most talked about music venues.  Located in the ‘Five Points’ neighborhood just outside the downtown center, Cervantes is in the perfect location to draw a high energy, diverse, positive crowd to any shows.

Ky-Mani and his opening acts, Major Myjah and Denvers own, Tatanka, brought strictly positive vibes from the get-go.  Through their heavy bass rhythms, each group successfully rocked the crowd and together, created an environment any reggae/hip-hop lover would be proud to be at.

Ganjaology had the pleasure of attending and photographing the Ky-Mani Marley show.  Below are all original pictures of the night.

We want to say thanks to everyone who came out and made the night a special one!



*All photos by : Tarikh Brown, Leo Sideras, & Nigel Pelligree*








Grounded TV Network – Festival Photographer Contest 2013

Heads up to the film and photo community, Grounded TV Network has the contest that will surely blow the minds of 5 fit photographers this summer. This BC based media company has been responsible for some of the highest quality footage and photos of many of the most extraordinary and extravagant parties on this side of the planet. They will be selecting 5 candidates to represent them this summer at the festivals of their choosing.

Yes, you heard it right…

Win this contest and go to any festivals you want this summer!

Here’s how it works.

To enter, email 10 examples of your best work (.jpg) , along with an introduction to yourself and your work, and a list of the festivals you would like to work with. Email –DEADLINE MARCH 25TH. Out of 15 finalist, 5 winners will be selected by public voting.

-Must be 19 or older.

-Not paid work, but you will usually get 2 tickets to the festivals you shot, as well as the option to sell or trade ad space in your online photo sets.

-Winners will also get a bunch of prizes from our sponsors (more being added soon), a hard cover book of their photography at the end of the year, and the option to sell this book, along with prints of there work through an online store of Grounded, all money going to the artist.

Check out some examples of photos and film from the Grounded TV Network below and be sure to head over to their site for more footage, photos, an awesome blog and much more!

Grounded TV Network

Let your energy be a part of maybe the most important movement of our time. Check out the Bloom Series in this intro film below to get a better idea of what you might be getting yourself into.

And remember, this is all love!

Decibel Festival Recap – DB and Surefire Boat Party

Surefire is a name that lives up to the potential it promises. This year at Seattle’s own Decibel Festival, the Surefire team kept summer blazing all the way through to the last week of September with the DB Fest Surefire Boat Party. Suns Out Guns Out is one popular maxim that could describe the energy at this Friday afternoon cruise around Lake Union and Elliot Bay. The event featured some of the scene’s most filthy dance DJs including EPROM, Starkey, Ginz, Danny Corn and Tyler Tastemaker. For four hours this team of talented sound sorcerers manned the musical helm while a group of swagged out party people’s played crew. The expedition was led by one of the funniest ship Captain’s I’ve ever seen. It’s not often that the Captain of a commercial boat will spend the entire outing with a cigarette drooping from the corner of his mouth. Whether it was the beautiful people, the trippy beats, captain smokey or a combination – one things for sure… The Surefire Boat Party surely was FIRE!


Post Decibel Festival Artist Highlight – Nina Kraviz

One of my favorite things about Decibel Festival is going to showcases where you know nothing about the artists playing, except that they play damn good music, and leaving the club craving to hear the new sounds you just experienced again and again.  Saturday night of Decibel Festival was a huge night for music.  There was basically just too much to pick from so I let my buddy make the decision.  We opted to go for a show he was extremely stoked for and I knew nothing about.  I was diving into an unknown realm of bass.

The Russian techno queen I went to see goes by the name of Nina Kraviz.  She is one of Moscow’s most sought after DJ’s at the moment, and made her way into many peoples sound systems earlier this year with her debut on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix.  Upon my arrival to Q, the new Capitol Hill night club, I really didn’t know what I was getting my ears into.  I walked inside, and instantly a thumping low frequency being projected from Funktion-One speakers settled deep with my body.  It was a thump that would not sway, a thump that always hit on the quarter note, and was interlaced with metallic splashes, dings, with a sexy voice over top. I had entered the world of Nina Kraviz.

For the next hour and half I grooved and boogied my heart out at the front of the stage with the speakers with giant disco balls blessing the club with spectacular lighting and everyones energy thundering around me until it was time to move to the next venue to continue my musical exploration.  It was hard to leave.  Q was filled up with techno and house lovers of all ages, all backgrounds, and all with the same love for the music, but I had another showcase to go check out, so I had to go.

What’s the moral of this short story?  Listen to Nina Kraviz’ music, GO SEE HER LIVE, and let’s hope she’s invited back to Decibel Festival next year!

Video Credit: Galen Oakes courtesy of The Confluence.

Artist Highlight – Drifts

          There’s  an INSANE amount of artists living in Canada that are so loved in their home communities, at the festivals that flourish in the mountains during the ever so short Canadian summer, so supported by local venues, radio stations, and above all the Canadian people, that there is no need to tour around the States (or outside the West Coast for that matter) and therefore all you wonderful bass music lovers in good ol’ Amurrrica are not exposed to the musical movement that is taking place in our Northern tree covered neighbor.

          A group that I had the pleasure of camping with this summer, and who fall into this category of “Canadian artists you probably have not heard of if you’re American”, is DRIFTS.  I met Justin and Ryan together shortly after the official Ganjaology landing at Shambhala Music Festival in August. They had just come back from some sort of epic mission somewhere on the festival grounds.  The specifics of what they were up to, where they were coming from, and where they were going are unknown and not particularly important now.  What I will tell you is that these two came into camp with such a high energy and welcoming smiles that you couldn’t help but like the two right off the bat.  Justin’s a little more reserved and well spoken.  Ryan really knows how to party.  Together, they’re a duo going by the name Drifts, who create really heavy, happy, bouncy beats that are infused with all sorts of funky synth lines.  On top of that , they sprinkle a little love and… BAM! It’s time for you to get your daily dose of Drifts.     They only have a few tracks up on SoundCloud right now, but I’ve heard some of what’s to come… you bass lovers will be blessed by the sounds of Drifts in many magical ways for years to come.  


1. Luke Vibert – Ambalek
2. B.Bravo – Just Listen
3. Com Truise – Future World
4. Audit – Back to Normal
5. Poldoore – Banana Hammock
6. Robot Koch – English Money
7. Heyoka – Moth Dub
8. Bluetech – Polychrome
9. Timonkey – Heaven and Earth
10. Toddla T – Streets so Warm feat. Wayne Marshall feat. Skream
11. Mimosa – Up in the Clouds
12. Naive Machine – Robot Ramification (Virtual Boy Remix)
13. Tipper – Cuckoo
14. Ghostmutt – Thoroughbred
15. Pavel Dovgal – Kiss Purple
16. Paper Tiger – Deep Sea Space
17. Alphabets Heaven – Boosh
18. Slugabed – Mountains Come Out Of the Sky
19. Jon Wayne – Andrew
20. Hot Chip – Look at where we are (Major Lazer vs Junior Blender Remix)