“Very funny, very educational… like the best TED talk ever, but with musical breaks.” —The New York Times
“A smart and entertaining survey of what gives us faith, and Brinkman’s confidence and delight in wordplay make it a pleasure to sit back and go with his flow.” ★ ★ ★ ★ —Time Out New York
“The material is incredibly thought-provoking and richly dense, but he makes it digestible and, most importantly, fascinating” —Broadway World • “Irresistible lyricism… a fantastic show” ★ ★ ★ ★ —A Younger Theatre
Award winning rapper and playwright Baba Brinkman was born in Riondel and graduated from the East Shore’s Crawford Bay School. His most recent show “Rap Guide to Religion” ran for seven months off-Broadway and was nominated for a 2015 Drama Desk Award in the category of “Unique Theatrical Experience.” Now Baba brings his latest creation to the Civic Theatre in Nelson for one night only.
Rap Guide to Religion traces the roots of faith from tribal animism to radical Islam to Justin Bieber thanking god at the MTV Teen Choice Awards. The bottom line: religion evolves. Even if there is no literal truth to the supernatural claims of religion, there are clearly evolutionary benefits to belief. Just like rap concerts, religions are designed to “move the crowd” by any means necessary – and with the help of some famous rappers, Baba is determined to find out why.
Baba began his performing career in 2004 and has since toured the world with his critically acclaimed hip-hop theatre shows. He has played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and four of his plays have been produced off-Broadway. He currently lives in New York with his wife, neuroscientist Heather Berlin, and their 18 month old daughter Hannah.