About Us

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

Lannaya’s mission is to expose and educate audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of the drum & dance of the African Diaspora. Since formation 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 assemblies/shows, flashmobs, receptions, and 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. The company consists of a multicultural ensemble of dedicated drummers and dancers.

Lannaya has performed at Austin’s Paramount Theater, One World Theater, and many outdoor festivals including Austin City Limits, 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 African artists in need (contact us at least one month in advance!).

Since 2008, Lannaya has performed statewide for Texans in their own communities via selection in the Texas. Commission on the Arts’ competitive Texas Touring Arts program. As a TCA artist, Lannaya has performed at Waco’s Cultural Arts Fest since 2013, and since 2008 at the Levitt Pavilion for the Arts, in Arlington.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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