For an overview of how students respond to Baba’s work, here’s a collection of Teaching Testimonials from educators and students.
“Baba Brinkman is the most literate, most accessible, funniest, and yet most challenging performance artist one can imagine. He is a teacher, someone who raps about Chaucer, Beowulf, Darwin, and modern philosophy and education, but brings it all home for kids and faculty. In NYC, kids are smart and critical. They find Baba to be the best 45 minutes they have ever spent with a performance artist. Smart, literate, creative, captivating.”
Kent Kildahl, Riverdale County School Principle, Bronx NY
Rap Guide to Evolution
“Evolution will never be fully accepted by the general public until it is communicated through the popular media. I have seen Baba Brinkman perform his rap guide to evolution and was impressed both by its entertainment value and its educational value. Baba wasn’t just rapping about evolution in a superficial way, but in a way that made the audience “get” what evolution is and why it matters for their deepest concerns. One hour of Baba is worth a dozen lectures.”
David Sloan Wilson
Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology,
Author of Evolution for Everyone
“To be certain, Baba Brinkman is on to something – his art provides an extremely smart and entertaining means of engaging the public (and certainly college students) with the science of evolutionary biology, a valuable teaching tool that brings art to science like no other performer I’ve ever experienced.”
Professor of Evolutionary Biology
Biology Dept Head
California State University, Fresno
Canterbury Tales Remixed
“I remember you making the Canterbury raps for us at University Hill Secondary in 2005, it was an amazing presentation! It made me more interested in the study of English Literature, it encouraged me to write my own book of poetry, Close or Far, published in 2007. Thank you so much Baba, for igniting the interests of high school students in English Lit in an interactive, engaging, and modern way of presentation through a word play of clever linguistics!!”
George Li, Vancouver, BC
“Baba Brinkman is a natural teacher. He is charismatic and has an easy way with students. The question and answer session he led was lively and extended, students were still talking about his visit days afterwards, and my colleagues and I found that our class discussions were decidedly stronger after his performance. Students even asked if we could read more Chaucer!”
Adam Casdin, English Dept
Horace Mann Secondary School
Bronx, New York
Please contact Baba: baba[at]rapguide[dot]com to inquire about school bookings and availability.
Sponsored by the Welcome Trust, the music videos at rapguidetoevolution.co.uk present the science of evolutionary biology in a whole new light. The Rap Guide To Evolution DVD is now available, check it out!