After a long courtship, we are proud to announce that rapper and all around bad ass, Baba Brinkman has joined the lineup!
Baba Brinkman is a former tree-planter who worked in the Rocky Mountains of B.C. every summer for more than ten years, personally planting over one million trees. He is also a scholar with a Masters in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature. His thesis drew parallels between the worlds of hip-hop music and literary poetry. After graduating in 2003, Baba began his career as a rap troubadour.
Since 2004 Baba has toured his award-winning hip-hop theatre show, “The Rap Canterbury Tales”, to dozens of cities around the world, including two tours of Australia, three critically-acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, several college campus tours of the USA, including Harvard, and frequent returns to the UK and Europe. His rap adaptations are now used in hundreds of classrooms around the world.
Baba’s latest project, “The Rap Guide to Evolution” won the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009, and went on to tour the UK and USA, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.
Baba is currently working with Brighton-based DJ/producer Mr. Simmonds on two new shows (and CDs) for the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, a sequel to the Evolution show entitled “The Rap Guide to Human Nature” about the science of human behaviour, and a new rap storytelling show, “Rapconteur”, which will feature adaptations of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and the Finnish Kalevala.
Baba has been working very hard to fit our secular festival into his busy schedule, and we finally got the good news. He has wanted to be a part of this for many months, and I can tell that he actually follows this site. He even mentioned that there is a possibility he might have a very special Spiritual Fitness themed song prepared for the show. Check out Baba’s website for merch, music, videos, and more.
He is excellent live, and no stranger to the stage. Winning over quite a large crowd in just a few minutes is no easy task. Unless you are Baba Brinkman.