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"The Rap Canterbury Tales" to be presented at Loyola Wednesday

Loyola press release - November 10, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans’ Medieval Studies Program and the Biever Lecture Series present “The Rap Canterbury Tales” Wednesday Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., featuring Canadian hip-hop performer Baba Brinkman. The performance takes place in Roussel Hall in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. The performance is free.

Brinkman, who holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Simon Fraser University and a master’s degree in English from University of Victoria in Canada, has performed “The Rap Canterbury Tales” in more than 100 Canadian high schools and all over the world.

In his introduction to “The Rap Canterbury Tales,” Brinkman explains his effort to spread the story of Chaucer’s 14th-century masterpiece in a language and style that is relevant to 21st-century audiences.

“What I needed was a new medium that would capture the same ethos as Chaucer did for his age: a live performance mode rich with wordplay and lyrical nuance, with a technique that could grab a live audience’s attention and hold it long enough to tell a complex story,” Brinkman said on his website.

For more information on Brinkman, visit his website.

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