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Djam Vivie

Ghanaian Woodcarving and Music
Madison, WI

Djam is a master woodcarver from Ghana. He carves masks, figurines, puppets, chairs, beds, stools, drums, and other objects. He is available to teach woodcarving and drum-making to people of all ages and abilities. Djam clearly explains what he does and discusses the importance of carving and drumming in Ghana. He can bring several of his own art pieces, perform for audiences of all ages, teach basic skills, or teach for a longer period at a more advanced level.  Djam can also provide his own drums to teach basic drumming, West African songs and rhythms, as well as West African stories and games to both children and adults. 

Program Formats

A general presentation

An introductory workshop

An in-depth workshop 

A residency

A performance

Best for Ages

Early elementary
Grades K-2, ages 5-7

Upper elementary
Grades 3-5, ages 8-10

Middle school
Grades 6-8, ages 11-13

Adults, ages 18 and up

Mixed audiences of any age


Artist fee:

$300 per day



Program Needs:

Will travel within a 50 mile radius of Madison, but is flexible. Available weekdays, weekends.

Past Venues:

  • Midwest Folklife Festival, Dodgeville
  • Nelson Atkinson Museum of Art, St. Louis
  • Oneida Reservation International Carving Symposium
  • Mini-Courses at UW-Memorial Union, Madison
  • Crossing Borders’ Live Radio broadcasts, Ithaca, NY
  • Southern Oaks Corrections School, Racine, WI
  • Atwood Summerfest, Madison, WI
  • Africa Fest, Madison, WI
  • Fete de Marquette, Madison, WI
  • USDA Forest Products Laboratory with Henry Drewal, Madison, WI

Djam Vivie
PO Box 14702
Madison, WI 53708

Best to contact during evening hours.

last updated: 12/22/2011   


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