Baba Got BARS

A beautiful day in Edison New Jersey. Working with the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades!

Baba Bomani, aka the Watermelon Man, has been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students for well over 15 years. Here you can find his Hip-Hop music for kids as well as teaching materials showing students the Writing Process through Hip-Hop!  Click the album cover on the left to listen to the album or click here.

Teach the Writing Process through Hip Hop
Teach the ABC’s Rap

What BARS Does

Residencies/ Workshops

We create hip-hop songs and music videos that teach valuable social, emotional and educational lessons to students from grades k-12. These are supplemented with lesson plans, worksheets and instructional videos to create truly art integrated lesson.

Assemblies/ Performances

We offer live performances, assemblies, workshops, and residencies for students grades k-12. These multi-media presentations are thoroughly scaffolded lesson plans disguised as Rap concerts. We call it putting medicine in with the sweet potatoes.

Professional Development

We offer professional development and curriculum design for schools, entire school systems, colleges and universities. These fun and informative sessions give educators tools they can use immediately to use Hip Hop music and culture as a teaching tool.

Why You’ll Love BARS

For almost twenty years Baba Bomani has used the art of Hip-Hop songwriting (MC’ing, rapping) to teach valuable ELA skills and guide students as they create rhymes that summarize and help them memories every subject. Baba Bomani begins engaging students in his high energy and interactive assembly performances that highlight the Writing Process and historical figures like Frederick Douglass. This introduces the students to songs and dances that coincide with the exercises and graphic organizers that he uses in residencies and workshops and makes available to teachers with professional development and the BARS Teachers Guide.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“This sounds like what would happen if Outkast produced Sesame Street”

Shani, Homeschooler

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Bomani was OUTSTANDING, today! The kids loved him, the second graders all lined up to take his autograph!”

Claudia, PTA,
Rolling Knolls Elementary

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Positive, Motivating, Challenging. Bomani gave students the power of language.”

Jennifer, Teacher Scholars K-8

“Rapping is the art and engineering of language divided by math” – Baba Bomani

  • Kennedy Center Teaching Artist
  • Arts for Learning Maryland Teaching Artist
  • Maryland State Art Council Teaching Artist
  • Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania Teaching Artist
  • United Arts of Raleigh-Durham Teaching Artist
  • Arlington County Virginia Teaching Artist
  • Delaware Public Library Touring Artist
  • Founder of the Frederick Douglass Writing Club








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