Baba Got BARS: The ABC of Rap This performance is for pre-k to 2nd grade. Baba Bomani’s program uses rhythm and rhyme to explain basic reading and math concepts such as how to recognize syllables and showing how a rappers flow is simply a number bond math equation! Students have fun breaking and learning how to rap the alphabet backwards, as well as learn crucial active listening skills and black history.
Baba Got BARS: The Writing Process This performance is for 3rd grade and up. Students are taken on a fun, multimedia trip through the world of creative writing where they discuss the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Students will rap along to original, professionally released music created by Bomani, as well as songs highlighting his tips on how to be a better creative writer. There will be dancing, and fun had by all!
For 20 years, Baba Bomani has used his experience as a producer and MC to teach arts-integrated workshops, residencies, assemblies, and professional development with his curriculum, BARS. Baba Bomani uses his life experiences, mixed with his musical and poetic skills, to paint lyrical pictures of life as he sees it and the future as he envisions it. His videos have been featured on BET and MTV2, and he has hosted and performed everywhere from the Washington National Cathedral to the Fillmore in New York City. Bomani is a Kennedy Center for the Arts teaching artist and a roster artist with Young Audiences of Maryland, Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County North Carolina, and Arlington County Virginia. Baba Bomani is the founder of Watermelon Day at Sankofa, a yearly celebration of community, art, education, and watermelon at Sankofa Video & Books Café. He is also the founder of a literacy and history club for students called the Frederick Douglass Writing Club.