About Us

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

Lannaya Drum & Dance (Lannaya) is a nonprofit 501 c(3) organization formed in 2000. Our mission is to expose and educate audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of drum & dance of the African diaspora.

We are committed to preserving the vibrant cultural traditions of West Africa through workshops and performances in interactive school shows, festivals, public concerts, parties, flashmobs, receptions, and a host of special events. 

In the Su Su language of Guinea, Lannaya means “confidence.” It’s what we seek to express in our work and instill in audiences through a variety of programming suitable for small/large audiences, and diverse facilities, including:

A selection of Austin and Central Texas venues we’ve performed in, and a few of our arts partners include:

We regularly perform and/or teach on campuses throughout the Austin Independent School District. Book us here!

Since 2008, we’ve performed statewide for Texans in their own communities, by selection in the highly competitive  Texas Commission on the ArtsTouring Roster.

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

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