Professional international opera singer, Babatunde Akinboboye, otherwise known as the HipHopera Guy, joins us again for a deeper exploration of his life journey told in the previous episode. We explore the generational shifts between himself and his father regarding masculinity and how these differing embodiments of manhood effect psychological health and love. And while Babatunde discusses his mother’s jarring immigration from Nigeria to the U.S. and the consequent plummet in the cultural respect given to her, he envisions a human race that is more stable and nurtured if we gave Black women, with their unrivaled deep warmth, the respect they deserve. Other topics discussed include his deep belief in getting mental health care, crying if you need to, and fighting injustice where you find it. And finally, he tells us about his bold vision for the future of opera including hiphopera. Please join us for another fascinating and informative episode of Open Deeply.
About Babatunde Akinboboye:
Nigerian American Baritone, Babatunde Akinboboye, also known as the HipHopera Guy, is recognized for combining his operatic training with his love of hip hop and trap beats to create a new genre of music that he refers to as HipHopera. As a professional opera singer, Babatunde has performed in many notable opera houses around the country, including the Los Angeles Opera, Opera San Jose, Opera Santa Barbara, Long Beach Opera, Opera St. Louis, and Utah Opera. An advocate for the performance of art song and operatic works written by African, and African American composers, Babatunde has headlined the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry awards in Lagos, Nigeria performing a fusion of opera and traditional African music and has been a featured performer at both the National Association of Negro Musicians Annual Conference, as well as the African American Art Song Alliance Conference. In December of 2018, Babatunde combined Largo al Factotum by Rossini with Kendrick Lamar’s Humble, in the now viral car video that gaining over 10 million views and was featured on Time.com, Classic FM, MSN.com, and more.
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