Individual Tickets:
$6.00-$7.00 Members
$7.00-$8.00 Children
$8.00-$9.00 Adults
$3.00 Children under 2

Group Tickets:
School Year
$6.00 Children & Adults*
$7.00 for Seasons of Light
$3.00 Children 2 and under
*1 free adult for every 20 children

Summer Season
$7.00 Children & Adults*
$3.00 Children under 2
*1 free adult for every 20 children

ABCs of Hip Hop

The ABCs of Hip Hop with Baba Bomani

Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 26-27, 2023 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Location: Ripley Center, Smithsonian

Recommended for Ages: 3 to 6 / PreK to Grade 1


Baba Bomani uses rhythm and rhyme to illustrate basic reading and math concepts, such as recognizing syllables, and demonstrates how a rapper’s flow is simply a number bond math equation. Young audience members will pick up active-listening skills and have some fun learning how to rap the alphabet backwards.

Connections to the Classroom: Relationship Skills; Self and Social Awareness; Language Arts; Literacy; Math; Music; Call and Response; Theater/Performing Arts

About the Artist: For 20 years, Baba Bomani has used his experience as a producer and MC to teach arts-integrated workshops, residencies, assemblies, and professional development. Baba Bomani mixes 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. In addition to being a Kennedy Center for the Arts Teaching Artist, Bomani is also a Roster Artist with Young Audiences of Maryland, Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County (North Carolina), and Arlington County (Virginia).


The 2023-2024 Discovery Theater Season is made possible by a generous grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation

Learning Guide

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