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RAPCONTEUR - Comedy hip-hop retellings of some of the world's great oral epics, featuring Beowulf, Gilgamesh, and Chaucer's Merchant's Tale, with music by Mr. Simmonds

"Baba Brinkman is some kind of lyrical wizard, retelling the ancient stories of the world through his spell-binding rhymes."  - Three Weeks

"You'll be blown away by how funny, compelling and profound Baba is able to make such subject matter."  - The Scotsman

"His ability to relate the ancient to the contemporary, to dot his flow with modern cultural references and make it all feel like waves in the same stream, is equally impressive. Fans of Snoop Dogg and Seamus Heaney will be equally inspired." - The Stage


Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, writer, and former tree-planter who worked in the Rocky Mountains every summer for over ten years, personally planting more than 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.

To date Baba has written or co-written five hip-hop theatre shows, including The Rap Canterbury Tales, The Rap Guide to Evolution, and The Rebel Cell, with MC Dizraeli. He won three awards and entertained thousands while performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for six of the past seven years.

The Rap Guide to Evolution won the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award in Edinburgh in 2009, and went on to tour the USA, Australia, and the UK, including two appearances at regional TED conferences, an off-Broadway showcase, and an appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show on US national television. Baba's hip-hop tribute to Charles Darwin is set to transfer to New York City in the Spring of 2011, produced by Dovetail Productions.

For the 2010 Fringe Baba created two new shows (and albums, produced by Mr. Simmonds), a sequel to the Evolution show entitled "The Rap Guide to Human Nature" and "Rapconteur," a new set of oral epics adapted to rap, including Beowulf, Gilgamesh, and the Finnish Kalevala.

Baba will be performing Off Broadway in New York City, June 2011

When he is not touring, Baba Brinkman resides in Vancouver.


Rio Theatre
1660 E. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1



Owner: Corinne Lea
On BPT Since: Oct 06, 2010

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