In this episode Kwasi brings back Dutty Bookman to discuss the movement he has helped dub as the Reggae Revival after a panel at SXSW 2027. He also speaks to Koro Fyah of the Bevel Rock camp about his ABC’s at SXSW as well. Bomani interviews the founder of the Uganda’s Bavubuka Foundation, Babaluku, and their chief archivist Gilbert Daniels about Hip-Hop in Uganda and the Lugaflow movement. Bomani and Kwasi also discuss spirituality in independent music, and how the community discusses things like sin. A must listen!
I’d love to tell you more about the Bomani Armah wRiting System also known as B.A.R.S..
For well over 15 years I have been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students. The goal has always been is to empower people to be critical thinkers and embrace their creative side, as well as learn life skills in an entertaining environment.
In hip-hop, the art of MC’ing (Master of Ceremony, microphone controller) is reliant on the ability to rearrange complex ideas into concise rhymes. If done correctly, they make memorable rhymes that inform the listener about the world around them. It is commonly believed that the art of hip-hop rhyming is an innate talent, but through applying the principles of the writing process threw B.A.R.S., any student can be taught to rhyme.
The essence of the B.A.R.S. program is breaking down the elements of the art of song writing and matching each element with ELA art standards, multi-media aides, songs and chant, as well as graphic organizers to bring those elements alive for all students.
B.A.R.S. shows students how a well-written essay resembles a well written song, with the main idea being the thesis paragraph in an essay and chorus/refrain/hook in a song, while the supporting details in an essay are just like the verses. Using Bomani’s innovative Rhyme Tree techniques, students learn how summarize any topic with a well organized paragraphs and rhymes.
Currently the B.A.R.S. workbooks (for grades 3 through 8) and music is available as well as videos available for streaming at babagotbars.com.. Lesson new hip-hop based lesson plans and B.A.R.S. workbooks for K-2 and 9-12 will be released soon!
Bomani Armah is available for booking for school assemblies, 4 to 8 day residencies and professional development for teachers. For non-profits, public, private and charter schools in the state of Maryland, please contact Young Audiences of Maryland for booking information by following this link here. For non-profits, public, private and charter schools in Washington D.C. please contact Guerilla Arts here.