Baz Dreisinger

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  • 6 years ago

    I traversed four Caribbean islands in the past two months and spied one common denominator: graffiti. Scrawled precipitously on a cliff suspended above the lush mountains of Saint Lucia, on the aluminum siding of a rum shop in French Saint Martin,...

  • 6 years ago

    Forget blondes versus brunettes, or the Yankees versus the Red Sox. On Labor Day weekend, all longstanding rivalries are dwarfed by one: Jamaicans versus Trinidadians. Year-round, Jamaicans have the upper hand, thanks to their vast demographic&mda...

  • 6 years ago

    You should attend this weekend's Irie Jamboree in Queens for three very simple reasons: It will start on time, run smoothly, and deliver all of the artists advertised. I'm not being facetious here: Plenty of reggae shows, let alone all-day outdoor...

  • 7 years ago

    Among the loftiest of Trinidadian inventions—alongside the steel pan, the bake-and-shark sandwich, and the Naipaul novel—is the breakfast party: an all-inclusive bash that runs from dawn to midday, when stuffed, sunstruck revelers stumbl...

  • 7 years ago

    It's that time again: Dancehall reggae is taking the heat. Not that Jamaica's resplendently lewd and crude export ever stops courting controversy—a lyrical bounty of violence and slackness, not to mention sporadic yet egregious forays into h...

  • 8 years ago

    In a genre as singles-driven as reggae, mixtapes rule. Compilations are the next best thing, though, so VP Records churns them out liberally: The Reggae Gold series is its annual crossover-friendly collection (translation: hip-hop remixes and libe...


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