My Name is Baba Bomani

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My name is Baba Bomani
My flow’s a force of nature like a Tsunami
My words on paper are 3D like Oragami
Watch my Hip Hop Party stretch your mind and move your body
Baba means Father in the language of Yoruba,
Spoken in countries of Benin, Togo, and Nigeria,
It’s father in Swahili used in Congo and Rwanda
Burundi, Mozambique, South Africa, and Somalia,
Tanzania, Kenya, and can’t forget Uganda
My African heritage is what I’m very fond of
So I put Baba in my title
So you know where I stand the moment of my arrival
a tradition of rappers in the past
Like “Grand Master” title for Grand Master Caz
“MC” for MC Lyte, even “Lil” for Lil Wayne
Or “Young” for Young MA, Baba states it plain
My name is Baba Bomani
I’m old school in the game like Atari
This is my full time job it’s not a hobby
To kick it for the kids like Mr. Miyogi teaching karate
Now let me tell you something about me
My name comes from the countries of Malawi
Tanzania, Zambia and even Mozambique
Depends on what indigenous language that they speak
Bomani means “warrior” to the Ngoni
Yes, it’s my real name, I could never be a phony
I changed it 20 years ago it fits me if you know me
even changed my last name in a big ceremony
like many Black figures back in the day
Like Ntozake Shange and Kwame Ture
Chokwe Lumumba or el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
Bomani is what I’m known as

My name is Baba Bomani
My flow rides on the track like a Mazzerati
Get my speaking from my daddy and my good looks from my mommy
‘cause I’m a Black Star like my man Marcus Garvey
My last name is pronounced Armah
From the west African people called the Ga
In the country of Ghana around the city of Accra
The flag is red, gold and green with a Black Star
They took our last names when they brought us across the water
So I looked to Africa to see what names it had to offer
Then changed my name after a Ghanaian author
An African name I can pass on to my daughter
and I can pass it to my son
they may change it one day, I can’t control who’ll they’ll become
But when they ask why I did what I’ve done
I say I’m building a tradition not resting upon one


from Baba Got BARS, released August 3, 2019
Written, performed, produced, recorded and mixed by Bomani Armah


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Baba Bomani Washington, D.C.

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 Bomani . Here you can find his hip-hop music for kids as well as teaching materials showing students the writing process through hip-hop! ... more

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