The broadcaster and educator, Adisa Banjoko came to the Purling studio in Notting Hill, London to interview us about the story of Purling, our inspiration and future visions. It was a pleasure to be part of Adisa’s podcast and also to learn more about him and his inspiring charity work.
Adisa Banjoko, AKA ‘The Bishop of Hip Hop’ is an award winning author and lecturer, who has addressed assemblies at Havard University, San Francisco State as well as other centres of learning to promote the value of hip hop and chess cultures as a positive means of engaging with and helping young at risk people make better life choices and teaching how these seemingly starkly different cultures are in fact intertwined.
In 2006, Adisa founded the Hip Hop Chess Federation; a provision to help disadvantaged young people develop life-skills, positive and creative thinking. With the help of Director of Outreach, RZA (from Wu-Tang Clan), Banjoko spreads his philosophy of non-violence to young people across the country, teaching them to use the strategies of music, chess, and martial arts as tools for self mastery and success.
Find out more about the work of the Hip Hop Chess Federation via their exhibition: ‘Living Like Kings: The Unexpected Collision of Chess and Hip Hop Culture‘ exhibition at the World Chess Hall of Fame and via the video documentary below:
Adisa interviewed Purling’s Simon Purkis and Nette Robinson for the Bishop Chronicles; his Podcast on which he talks about hip hop, chess, business and life strategies. The discussion covers Purling’s growth from a seed of an idea, to launching at Harrods and beyond!
Listen to the Purling interview, Episode #84 of the Bishop Chronicles with Adisa Banjoko on:
NB: Interview with Purling starts at 29.55 minutes into the programme (Episode #84).
We truly believe in the mission of the Hip Hop Chess Federation. To learn more about this organisation, based in San Francisco USA, read their Forbes interview HERE and follow their Instagram @realhiphopchess.