About Us

Dedicated to performing, teaching and celebrating drum and dance of the African diaspora.

Lannaya Drum & Dance (Lannaya)’s mission is to expose and educate audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of drum & dance of the African diaspora.

Since forming in 2000, Lannaya has been committed to preserving the vibrant cultural traditions of West Africa through workshops and performances in festivals, public concerts, parties, school shows, flashmobs, receptions, and a hot of special events. In the Su Su language of Guinea, Lannaya means “confidence.” It’s what the ensemble seeks to express in its work and instill in audiences through its performances.

Lannaya consists of a multicultural and dedicated crew of teaching artists/educators.

Lannaya has performed at Austin’s Long Center, Paramount Theater, One World Theater, Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater, George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Geneaology Center, on campuses throughout the Austin Independent School District, with Tapestry Dance Company, Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico de Texas, The Irish Dance Center of Austin and San Antonio, Anuradha Naimpally, The Love of China School of Dance, Zein Al-Jundi & The Bint El Balad Bellydance Ensemble, Austin Samba (also known as the Acadêmicos da Ópera), and at many outdoor festivals including Austin City Limits Music Festival, First Night Austin, Austin New Year, and Austin FanFest (a downtown party celebrating the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix). Lannaya has opened for international headliners like Grupo Fantasma (Grammy award‐winning Austin‐based Latin funk jam band). Annually, Lannaya does several benefit performances for charities and local artists/African artists in need, please contact us at least one month in advance!

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Lannaya artists/educators are experienced in working with barrier free camps, including Camp For All (specifically Camp Dermadillo in Burton, TX, a camp for children with skin disorders, ages 9-15 years). Since 2008, Lannaya has performed statewide for Texans in their own communities via selection in the Texas Commission on the Arts’ competitive Texas Touring Roster. As a vetted TCA artist, Lannaya has performed statewide at events like Waco’s Cultural Arts Fest. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.  

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