Capturing The Jamaican Culture (Shot By Deth)

To quote words from the most prolific dancehall artist of the 21st century, Vybz Kartel “Dancehall a mi everything”, is a sentiment shared by many both locally and internationally. Within the dancehall sphere, many jobs and opportunities are created, but being able to capture an image of a particular time or occurrence could shift the way we view the dancehall industry or even the Jamaican society itself. This is why photography is considered an art because it literally encapsulates and immortalizes the world in a single shot/moment. Jamaica, being a breeding ground of art, has its fair share of photographers but only a few stand out from the very expressive bunch. The “few” are the ones who possess the capability to instantly evoke an emotion that enables the viewer to create a conversation about/around the story they just saw, that and the unique way that the image is taken and edited. Looking at the artist, dance moves, fashion and just the richness of culture, one is often prompted to ask about the person who is able to put a thousand words into a single image.

Keanu Gordon (Shot By Deth) is a 19-year-old self-taught photographer hailing from the capital city Kingston,  who captures the Jamaican dancehall scene through an artistic millennial purview. His excitingly colorful yet often somber pictures usually showcase somewhat of an x-ray into the content of the image. Seemingly candid, the pictures give a youthful take on the ever so evolving dancehall scene which in my opinion gives international viewers a modern take on the Jamaican culture and dancehall industry. Being this creative with a fresh eye and a unique signature, Keanu has most certainly begun to charter his course in photography and the artistic arena. He is also proof that the memories of particular dancehall happenings will most certainly be preserved.


Magnum Dream Live to Tek Charge of Negril with Dancehall

Magnum Tonic Wine and Dream Entertainment are set to Tek Charge of Negril with this summer’s edition of Magnum Dream Live, slated to kick start the Dream Weekend line-up of events on Friday July 28. Aidonia, Masicka, Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee bring mega star power to the stage at Cayenne Beach in Negril. The internationally acclaimed Dream Weekend, chronicled in the hottest dancehall tracks, remains a platform for the world to view and experience authentic Dancehall music and culture.

Organizers have consistently sought to enhance the concert experience for patrons by securing the hottest acts in the game and the line-up for this staging is a surefire hit.  The “Young Genna” Masicka, who has burst unto the Jamaican dancehall scene with a series of hard-hitting tracks, is one of several headliners on the bill. The ‘hard ball’ DJ has amassed a cult like following with his hardcore lyrics in hits such as Top Striker and Infrared featuring Vybz Kartel.

He is joined by another favorite, Tommy Lee Sparta, whose following continues to grow in the dancehall space. The ‘Sparta Don’ DJ promises a scintillating set of hit singles such as How Mi Do It, Dark Clouds, and Bad Gyal Duppy.

Fans are in for a treat with heavy hitter Aidonia, who currently has the hottest summer song, Yeah Yeah. The ‘Krayzay’ DJ is currently having one of his most consistent runs in the industry, with back to back hits to show for it. The lyrical powerhouse has been dominant with tracks including Dat a Di Ting, Nuh Boring Gal, Hey Yo, Banga and IG Girls to name a few.

The general Bounty Killer returns to the stage with an ever expanding catalogue of Jamaican anthems.

Tamika West, Marketing Manager at J. Wray and Nephew Limited, sees continued synergy in the partnership. “Dancehall is in the DNA of Magnum Tonic Wine and we are always happy to provide a platform for both local and overseas fans. The Magnum Dream Live features our multifaceted culture where patrons come for great live performances, fashion and of course Magnum Tonic Wine: the official drink of dancehall.”

 Scott Dunn, Managing Director of Dream Entertainment, is pleased with the support from J. Wray & Nephew Limited. “Dream Entertainment is happy to be partnering with Magnum Tonic Wine once again for another staging of Magnum Dream Live in Negril as a part of Dream Weekend. We have a very exciting line-up planned. We are about to sign one of the biggest singers in Reggae Music to top off the line-up, so I believe that patrons have a lot to be excited for come July 28.”

Patrons will pay $3,500 for general admission and $6000 for drink inclusive VIP. Magnum Dream Live takes place on Friday, July 28 at Cayenne Beach in Negril. Dream Weekend is Jamaica’s #1 and most anticipated entertainment event held on the white sand beaches of Negril, Jamaica. Patrons can expect an exciting 5 days of back-to-back parties with popular high-energy genres of music, performances from local and international artistes, inclusive of world-class liquor and food, with a level of production that makes the event a one of a kind experience!

HBO Original Comedies “Ballers” and “Insecure” Return For New Seasons July 23

HBO brings laughs to every Sunday with two exclusive original comedy premieres on July 23, including the third season of the popular hit Ballers and the second season of Insecure.
In the new 10-episode season of Ballers, Dwayne Johnson returns as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who reappears after surgery with a new outlook and fresh goals: hoping to forge bonds with new players whilst improving his relationships with existing clients.  In an ever-changing business where the shelf life for stardom and multi-million-dollar contracts are short, Spencer is intent on proving that the key to successful sports management isn’t just about making money and having fun – it’s about delivering on the promises you make.
Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jasmyn Simon and Dulé Hill join Johnson as cast regulars in the third season. Guest stars include Richard Schiff, Steve Guttenberg, Steven Weber, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Serinda Swan. Created by Stephen Levinson, Ballers is executive produced by Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs and Karyn McCarthy.
In the eight-episode second season of the critically acclaimed series Insecure Issa begins to embrace the chance to explore the single-girl life in the aftermath of her breakup, while a challenging new work assignment puts her budding friendship with her well-meaning colleague, Frieda, to the test. Meanwhile, Molly’s commitment to self-improvement forces her to confront her worth and future at the law firm, while facing the complex realities of her relationships. Lawrence makes a fresh start at both dating and his new job, but soon discovers that starting over is not as easy as he thought.
Starring Golden Globe® nominee Issa Rae as Issa, Yvonne Orji as Molly, Jay Ellis as Lawrence and Lisa Joyce as Frieda, Insecure follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.
Past and new seasons of Ballers and Insecure will also be available on HBO GO, the digital platform for premium entertainment, as they premiere. HBO GO can be accessed through any mobile device with iOS 7.1+ (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) or Android (OS 4.0+) operating system and at HBO GO can also be enjoyed on the TV screen with Chromecast and Apple TV. The platform is also available as an independent online subscription through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store digital stores, as an on-demand service with participating operators and as an add-on complement at no additional cost with a subscription to the premium pay-TV HBO/MAX package.