Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Baba Brinkman, Rap, and Climate Chaos

Baba Brinkmann. Click for photo credit.
One of the things that is so interesting about rap music is that often each album tells a story. For someone old school like me who remembers thematic albums like Pink Floyd's The Wall or Bowie's Station to Station, the rap genre provides similar immersive experiences that allows one to take in a total message in an hour or so of music. Baba Brinkman (no relation) is one of the more unusual rap artists one could encounter. He focuses his work on science, religion, literature, and a variety of thoughtful topics not often included in the art. He considers himself a peer-reviewed rapper in that he gets his pieces peer-reviewed by experts in the field to ensure accuracy.

I had the pleasure of seeing him perform his Rap Guide to Climate Chaos last night at Hofstra University and I was amazed at how he was able to cover so many important concepts about climate change within an hour and a half performance. He very wisely covers a range of topics from science, policy, climate change denial, corporate responsibility, and economic realities. He does this with an impressive background video that communicates visually many of the concepts that he raps about. For example, when he raps about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (really!), he includes graphs, images, and photographs that illustrate key points. In some ways, this hour was a review of a whole unit on climate change in a sustainability class. During the performance, he performed many different songs that really got at the heart of climate change and was able to communicate key concepts in ways to get one thinking differently about the issue.

Brinkman performs all over the world and is often asked to college campuses. For those of you in higher ed, you may wish to consider bringing him to your campus if you are interested in an innovative, informative, and entertaining program. 

For more information on Baba Brinkmann check out his Website here which has a ton more information about him and his music.

1 comment:

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