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About

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My Story

This is my grandson, Noa Amarú, and I in our garden in the Netherlands last summer. We're watching a bumblebee on a marigold flower. Noa gave me the name, Babún; so, I decided to use it as my 'artist name'. He recently explained that it's actually pronounced "Pábun".

My actual name is Heinrich Dahms. I've been singing as long as I can remember and learnt to play the guitar and read music at 15, when my father gave me my first guitar (an Aria 588 Classical), which I still have today. My guitar has always been my 'go to' mindfulness zone. I always dreamt about being a performer - a pop star, like Dylan and Bowie - so when I was about 16, I learnt a song really well (by Cat Stevens, I think), and signed up for a talent show in the local big town. I went to the show with my guitar, and waited backstage to be called on. I was scared shitless! When my name finally came up, I grabbed my guitar and escaped through the backstage exit. That was the one and only time I tried to do a live performance. I don't know how they do it!

As a doctor's son from a lineage of European ancestors, I was born into a privileged world surrounded by inequality and suffering. After finishing high school, I went to medical school, but soon realised that I could never be a doctor and switched to the Arts. I graduated in Political Philosophy and Psychology. During my undergraduate years, I became besotted with arthouse cinema, and my friend, André Roothman and I bought a 16mm Bolex hand-cranked camera and started making short films. After graduation, I went straight into the film industry, where I met Michèle, my life partner of the last 40 years, and also the producer of my films. My children, Catarina Aimée (cata.pirata of skipndie.com) and Alexander (alexanderdahms.com) are both artists and musicians.

I recently completed a long documentary, MY SOUL DRIFTS LIGHT UPON A SEA OF TREES, and am currently writing a fiction screenplay set in Apartheid South Africa of the early 50s.