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The Marleys Are on The Money. Bob’s Brand Now Monetising with Mushrooms.

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The Marley family continues to innovate and lead the region in cultural enterprise, as they celebrate a novel and ground-breaking collaboration with Silo Wellness. 

Douglas Gordon and Cedella Marley

Silo Wellness Inc is a leading global psychedelics company, which recently announced the launch of Marley One – the first global functional and psychedelic mushroom consumer brand – in collaboration with the family of legendary Jamaican musician, Bob Marley. Founded in 2018 and led by Trinbagonian CEO, Douglas Gordon, Silo Wellness is a ‘spore-to-door’ vertically integrated company and the leading psilocybin cultivator and facilitator of psychedelic retreats in Jamaica – a jurisdiction where the cultivation, extraction, and consumption of psilocybin mushrooms is permissible.

In a release from Silo Wellness Inc., the company states that “the initial product offering will include a range of functional mushroom tinctures with unique blends highlighting the brand’s connection to Jamaica”. This will include: species such as cordyceps, lion’s mane, chaga, reishi and turkey tail, which offer a range of unique health and wellness benefits – from immunity and gut health, to cognitive function and sleep enhancement. Silo Wellness announced a multi-year licensing agreement with the family of global reggae icon, Bob Marley for the exclusive worldwide rights to brand, market and sell a distinct product line of functional and psychedelic mushrooms and intends to launch a psychedelic mushroom product line under the Marley name later this year, to be followed by additional functional mushroom products including gummies, capsules and cosmetics.

“Today is a significant milestone for our company as we introduce the world to Marley One,” said Silo Wellness CEO Douglas K. Gordon. “This exclusive portfolio of branded mushroom products coupled with instant name recognition and global visibility honouring Bob Marley’s legacy and connection to nature and plant-based wellbeing means that we are building what will become the world’s first global functional and psychedelic mushroom brand. It’s guided by our vision to help people achieve healthier, more fulfilling lives and become the best versions of themselves.”

Rita Marley signed off on the deal saying, “We know Bob would be proud of what we’re building with Silo Wellness and the Marley One brand,” said Rita Marley. “Our family has always revered the ancient history and transformative potential of nature’s gifts.”

At launch, the Marley One product line included the following:

• One Mind: A coffee-flavored blend of lion’s mane and gingko biloba designed to improve focus and cognitive function.

• One Flow: A peppermint-flavored blend of cordyceps and ginseng designed to enhance physical endurance and mental function.

• One Harmony: A mango-flavored blend of chaga and ginger designed to stimulate gut health and improve digestion.

• One Body: A berry-flavored blend of turkey tail and astragalus designed to support immune health.

• One Rest: A vanilla-flavored blend of reishi and GABA designed to help reduce tension and stress and improve quality of sleep.

In 2019, Silo Wellness Inc. announced proof of concept of a patent-pending psilocybin nasal spray. In addition to its market-leading mushroom and psilocybin products, Silo Wellness conducts ketamine-assisted retreats in Oregon and recently expanded its psychedelic offerings to introduce 5-MeO-DMT-enhanced retreats across Jamaica.

“As a family, we seek to use our platform to inspire positive change, and the launch of the Marley One mushroom brand (in collaboration with a pioneering company like Silo Wellness) allows us to do just that by marrying ancient wisdom with modern science,” said CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies, Cedella Marley. “It’s our wish that these products will empower people to experience oneness with nature and the universe at large – and ultimately, achieve greater self- actualization,” she said.

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Voice Breaks into Tears On Stage in NYC. “God Told Me to Go Fulfill My Purpose.”

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His journey can only be described in one word- predestined. The swift elevation from mere San Juan youth to internationally recognized Soca star is one that on Thursday night proved emotionally overwhelming for Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louis. “I cried because I was overwhelmed. I cried because I couldn’t understand,” he wrote beneath a video posted to his social media platforms, highlighting the emotions felt and openly shown in New York on Thursday night.

Three time Soca Monarch champion, Voice.

Voice hit the United States by storm in August, having announced a full tour that included shows in Washington, Houston, Atlanta and Miami. The tour was named after his Instagram live nighttime feature, “Vibes with Voicey,” which brought fans from around the world into a close knit circle of friendships he’d built with fellow entertainment practitioners, Akeem 5.0, Major Penny, Salty, Travis World and DJ Elon. The feature would see thousands log in, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, to vibes with Voicey and his friends! It was sheer authenticity and it proved genius! The concept would soon morph into a multi-state tour in the United States where, despite continued COVID19 vaccine hesitancy by many, even within the Caribbean community, Soca artistes had gotten the green light to entertain fans at events across the US. Caribbean fetes were happening everywhere and on August 8th, Voice waded into the pre-Miami carnival energy, delivering his first installment of the tour at Arts Park in Florida.

Over the next few weeks, leading up to the final installment on September 2nd in New York, Voice brought fellow Soca artistes, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Alison Hinds, Problem Child, Lyrikal, Sekon Sta, Grenada’s Lil Natty and Thunda, Nailah Blackman, College Boi Jesse, Motto, and in New York, Kees and Nadia Batson among others, to deliver to fans of soca who simply lapped up every bit of the thrill they could, before Summer ends and the cold front returns.

Voice with Bunji Garlin

The young, triple Soca Monarch champion, thankful and dripping with gratitude not only to his parents but also to his dedicated team of friends and the entertainment professionals who supported him, ended the tour in tears on stage on Thursday night. “But then it hit me, God gives the hardest battles to His strongest soldiers. I’ve claimed success…I’ve claimed growth…and even when the journey was rough and I was at my lowest, God picked me up told me to go fulfill my purpose. He reminded me of the endless nights I worked for what I have now. He told me my time is now, and I listened,” the ‘Peace of Mind’ singer wrote. He said God had chosen him to deliver the music that would uplift the people, and as such, no one would deter him.

The singer went on to thank his parents, saying, “I owe everything to my mom and my dad. Not just my growth in my career but even my inner peace and happiness. I am who I am because of their intervention, guidance and love. God has truly blessed me with a support system like no other.”

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Gourmet Dining, Golf, Fetes and More! Mele is on! Soca Lovers Heading to Cancun.

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The inaugural sail of Melé Cruise, a collaboration between Carnival Mas Band TRIBE and Soca King Machel Montano, has been postponed and in its place, Carnival lovers can now look forward to a getaway on land at the Moon Palace, Cancun. The new Melé venue is an all-inclusive resort in Mexico offering signature amenities, luxurious accommodations, 24-hour room service, gourmet dining, and top-shelf drinks among numerous other attractions. Melé’s vacation getaway takes place in 8 months – from April 28 to May 2nd, 2022.

According to Montano, though the cruise industry is taking the necessary steps to navigate a way forward for the future, cruising “will be ready for all the melé we intend to cause on the high seas at a later time”. So after months of consideration, the Melé team made the decision to move “from ship to shore,” with Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, as their home for 5 days and 4 nights. 

Loyal Cruisers who signed up for Melé Cruise, Carnival at Sea, will be given the opportunity to sign up for Melé Destinations first, beginning Friday August 27th. After that, once spots remain, the public will be invited to reserve their stay from September 15th. The vacation getaway features fetes, day and night, unlimited premium drinks from multiple bars stocked with top-shelf spirits, meals at 16 top-tier restaurants offering the finest international cuisine, luxurious rooms, pristine beaches and live performances, daily. Patrons can even enjoy a round of golf in between their feting, or perhaps a massage at a world-class spa. 


In a video announcing the move from sea to land, Montano made it clear that “fun will never take precedence over safety” and Melé Destinations is the team’s way of keeping its promise to Cruisers and and anyone in need of a holiday something to look forward to in 2022; the “getaway we all deserve”. 

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