Braima Moiwai

8079685393_e186c48d1f_z Braima Moiwai, West African drummer, storyteller and textile artist, has spent the last three decades entertaining and informing hundreds of communities and school children about the history and culture of his native Sierra Leone. His unique multidisciplinary approach to African Art forms and his passion for sharing personal stories about growing up on a rice farm has earned him a well deserved following of all ages. Braima has been awarded the “Key to Brunswick Georgia,” the “2008 Star Studded Citizen Award” and “Tar Heel of the Week” for his work with youths in Durham NC, where he’s based since 1986. Braima was featured as Gullah Musician in Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot”. BOOK BRAIMA MOIWAI

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The Magic of Stories and Music

In this high-energy interactive performance, Braima Moiwai brings to life the Mende oral traditions of storytelling in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Using Djembe drum and other instruments to accompany sing- alongs and sound effects in his stories, the audience are captivated and engaged. Participants will learn drum talk, West African culture. Braima shares stories from his childhood growing up in the rice fields. Questions and Answers finale.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): Gym, auditorium or a large room

Maximum Participants: 500

Duration: 45 – 75 minutes

Performance Fee:

Single Performance Fee- $625.00
Two Performances Fee- $937.50


GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

African Games and Stories

This residency crosses the Atlantic Ocean by connecting the traditions of West Africa with the South Carolina Sea Island culture through games, stories and songs from Mende- land. The Mendes are the largest of the fifteen ethnic groups of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): A large room/classroom for students to move around.

Maximum Participants: 25

Residency Duration and Maximum Classes Per Day: 4 day residency, 6 classes can be reached per day

Residency Fee: $440.00 per classroom for 4-day residency

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

African Cultural Journey

Learn the arts and stories that bond African Americans with West Africa. You will learn drumming techniques, games, folk- tales, dance and the influences of African languages (over 4,000 words!)on American English, while Braima relates his boyhood experiences growing up in West Africa.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): A large room to allow for movement.

Maximum Participants: 27

Duration and Maximum Classes Per Day:  5 – day residency, up to 5 classes per day

Residency Fee: $312.50 per for 5-day residency with 1 classroom


GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Batik, Stitch & Dye Cloth

Braima will share with students the art of batik, gara, and shibori cloth making using “adinkra” symbols, geometric figures and other patterns to make a quilt or wall hanging for their school. Students will explore the cultural context of traditional cloth design techniques from around the world that express family status, emotion, and political themes.

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): A large room/large kitchen with sink, water.

Maximum Participants: 15 – 27

Duration and Maximum Classes Per Day:  1 hour per day, 5 – 10 days total and up to 4 classes per day

Workshop Fee:  Contact CAPS Office at 919-560-2718, instructional and material fees vary based on project scope and number of participants.

* Additional workshops and residencies available. Contact the CAPS office at 919-560-2718