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Interview with Baba Brinkman: Rap Guide to Wilderness

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Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, award-winning playwright, and former tree-planter who has personally planted more than one million trees.

The Rap Guide to Evolution (“Astonishing and brilliant” NY Times), Baba’s first album, in his series of “Rap Guides”, won a Scotsman Fringe First Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination, and was featured on US national TV on The Rachel Maddow Show and at the Seattle Science Festival opening for Stephen Hawking. In 2014 the show enjoyed a sold-out week at the Sydney Opera House. Brinkman is also a pioneer in the genre of "lit-hop" or literary hip-hop, known for his adaptations of The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh. He has performed at a number of renowned venues and events including WNYC’s “Sound Check”, NPR, and various TED Talks. He is a recent recipient of the National Center for Science Education's "Friend of Darwin Award" for his efforts to improve the public understanding of evolutionary biology.

Wilderness needs more wild people- so we’re cranking up the wild music to expand our community! Won’t you throw your wild voice into the mix?

Though rap & hip-hop music may not be for everyone, this project is aimed at reaching out to a totally new demographic of people outside of our wilderness community. We asked ourselves…how does one communicate the importance of wilderness to someone?

Baba Brinkman

Rap Guide to Wilderness

The Wild Foundation

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