Baz Dreisinger

Baz Dreisinger appears in the following:

Carnival Was Cancelled, But The Soca Hits Kept Coming

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Listen to a playlist of dance music designed to bring Trinidad and Tobago's annual party to your living room.


Showdown, The Caribbean Answer To Verzuz, Is Part Of A Long-Running Musical Exchange

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The livestream event debuted in 2020, with two soca stars facing off. Even though Verzuz came first, the American series arguably owes its existence to Caribbean music.


The Prison Strike in Context

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Baz Dreisinger discusses the recent nationwide prison strike coordinated by inmates who demanded a range of prison reforms.

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It's Not Just Reggae, Says Chronixx: Call It 'Black Experimental Music'

Monday, August 21, 2017

The 24-year-old Jamaican artist has released his debut album, Chronology. It showcases his myriad influences, including genres like gospel, ska and electronic music and his own musical family lineage.


The Future of Mass Incarceration in America

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Baz Dreisinger, Mariame Kaba and Derrick Hamilton join us for a panel discussion about the future of mass incarceration, private prisons and prison and bail reform in the U.S.

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Investigating Prisons Around the Globe

Monday, September 05, 2016

A journalist spent two years visiting different prisons around the world, from an overcrowded prison in Uganda, to a “model” prison in Norway.


From The 2016 Crop Over Festival, A Feast of Caribbean Soca Music

Friday, August 05, 2016

Barbados stands at the forefront of the soca music industry, thanks to a thriving local music scene and the worldwide popularity of its annual Carnival. Hear this year's best-in-show.


A Look Inside Prisons Around the Globe

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A journalist spent two years visiting different prisons around the world, from an overcrowded prison in Uganda, to a “model” prison in Norway.

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What Would a Humane Jail Look Like?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Rikers Island has become a symbol of dysfunction in the criminal justice system. So what would a humane jail look like? Experts in designing complex jail systems weigh in.


Cultural Exploration Via Cruise Ships Starts On Board

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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Trinidad's Steelpan Players Turn Trash Into Something Beautiful

Saturday, May 23, 2015

If countries had national instruments, then the steelpan would be Trinidad's. In an island nation of just 1.5 million people, there are about 70 steel bands registered to compete in the annual Panorama competition, which takes place during the island's Carnival—the biggest in the Caribbean.

Several nights before Carnival Tuesday, ...


In South Africa, Soulful Music Delivers Serious Messages

Monday, March 16, 2015

Johannesburg-based band The Muffinz tackles AIDS, politics and education while blending jazz, soul and R&B with their country's choral traditions.


A Supposedly Irie Thing I'll Most Certainly Do Again

Thursday, December 04, 2014


How much Bob Marley paraphernalia can you cram on a single boat?

That's no riddle. I'm sincerely pondering this as I stand in line at the Port of Miami, about to board the Norwegian Pearl. I am going on a cruise.

I am going on a cruise.

Never ...


Pentagon Says It Failed In Rescue Of American Hostage Last Month

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Pentagon says it launched a mission in Yemen last month to snatch hostages from al-Qaida-affiliated captors, but that they failed to rescue British-born American Luke Somers among others because they "were not present at the targeted location."

In a written statement released today, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. ...


Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Saturday, August 30, 2014

At this summer's Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica, thousands turned up for readings by big-name authors: Salman Rushdie, Jamaica Kincaid, Zadie Smith and Albert Johnson. Odds are the name Albert Johnson doesn't ring a bell. But if you're a hip-hop fan, you might recognize the author by another name: ...


Chronixx: 'I'm Not A Perfectionist With Music'

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summertime bodes well for reggae music. The genre's biggest crossover moves — from Sean Paul to I Wayne — have been made during the balmier months, when Americans relax enough to stretch the geographical limits of our soundtracks. This year's case in point: Chronixx, Jamaica's current it-artist, steadily ...


Jamaica's Hottest New-School Reggae Artists Return To Roots

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Live bands. Soulful music. Substantive lyrics. I could be describing the Jamaican music scene circa 1976, the heyday of Bob Marley. But I'm talking about a sound that dominated at this year's Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica's biggest annual music festival.

Jamaican artist Chronixx, 20, performed live before nearly 10,000 ...


In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On

Saturday, March 30, 2013

It's Thursday night in downtown Johannesburg and some 500 people are packed into Bassline, a warehouse-like club in a hipster-friendly neighborhood. They're here for South Africa's longest-running sound system, or crew of reggae DJs. But tonight they get something extra: a young woman sporting dreadlocks and an army cap gets ...