Reviewed Wednesday February 17th 2010 (continues until March 13th)
Baba Brinkman & SPL Productions present The Rap Guide to Evolution
Venue: The Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Hive, Rundle Park, cnr East Tce & Rundle St, Adelaide
Season: February 12-14, 16-18 & 20-28 at 7pm, and March 1-7 & 9-13 at 7pm
Tickets: $18-$20 (plus booking fees) available through FringeTix
Bookings: FringeTix 1300-FRINGE (374 643) or www.adelaidefringe.com.au
If you chant “I’m A African” (sic) you’d be correct, according to Canadian rapper and actor Baba Brinkman in his rhythmic breakdown of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Brinkman returns to the Fringe after a four year absence with a hip hop homage to the origin of our species, developed and approved by the British Council to ensure it is scientifically accurate.
The show proves that education can be entertaining and witty, with Brinkman combining raps and spoken word with multimedia projections to cover topics such as natural selection, sexual selection, evolutionary psychology, unity of common descent, the Creationist theory and more.
His previous appearance in the Adelaide Fringe was in 1996 with his award-winning one-man show The Rap Canterbury Tales, a brilliantly conceived retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century short stories.
Brinkman has a sublime knack for making sense of difficult texts and presenting them in a modern confabulation of rhythms and multi-rhymes that are simultaneously amusing and edifying.
He’s a performer who knows his stuff. His playful nature and comic timing provides a platform for laugh-out-loud comedy and a toe-tapping treat. The music of The Notorious BIG, Dead Prez, Mobb Deep are featured alongside Brinkman’s own raps.
Despite the intellectual topic, expect high entertainment.
Review by Rod Lewis, GLAM Adelaide Arts Critic