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Against the backdrop of its collection of art from the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayas, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery frequently features traditional sitar music. Rarely, though, does it present the Indian instrument in the style of MC Yogi—sampled as part of a rap backbeat. The performer didn’t come upon his music career in the usual way: Though he grew up a fan of the Beastie Boys and Run DMC, it was only after becoming a yoga teacher and traveling to India that he became inspired to rap about his job and beliefs. Yogi, who keeps his congenital name secret, has a nice vocal flow, although his lyrics can be corny and simplistic. While not billed as a family show, this event should probably be treated as one: If you’re tired of hearing your nephews spout Lil Wayne lyrics, “I pray to Ganesh to take away the stress” may be more to your liking.
MC YOGI PERFORMS AT 7 P.M. AT THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY, 1050 INDEPENDENCE AVE. SW. FREE; TICKETS REQUIRED. (202) 633-1000.