Baba Brinkman and DJ Jamie Simmonds perform The Rap Guide
to Evolution to open the Science Teller Festival at the
Regent Theatre. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Chants of ''I'm an African'' rang out in the Regent
Theatre yesterday as the audience joined Baba Brinkman in his
rap on evolution.
The Canadian's hip-hop show was the opening act of the
University of Otago's Science Teller Festival.
The Rap Guide to Evolution is touted as the first
peer-reviewed, or fact-checked, hip-hop show on evolution. It
combined scientific knowledge, including Charles Darwin's
theories, with music, using re-workings of popular rap songs
and storylines based on natural selection and the
evolutionary roots of human behaviour.
The festival was opened by Science Communication Centre
acting director Phil Bishop, who credited the rap guide as
epitomising the novel ways science could be communicated.
Science Teller was a celebration of storytelling and science
around documentary film-making, writing and other creative
media, he said.
About 120 people had registered and international guests had
come from as far away as the United States, Canada, the
United Kingdom and from across the Tasman. The three-day
festival programme combines public screenings, events and
workshops with guest speakers, including one of the world's
top amphibian specialists, Robin Moore, and the world
premiere of films produced by the 2013 graduating class from
the University of Otago's Centre for Science Communication.