KoumanKe'le' African Dance & Drum Ensemble
KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving African traditions and culture through quality artistic performances. With a repertoire including traditional and contemporary dances of Guinea, Mali, South Africa, and the Congo, KoumanKe’le’ drummers and dancers make any event unforgettable! Live drumming and authentic costumes enhance each performance, while interactive audience participation adds to the experience. Offering custom entertainment packages, company professionals will work with the requesting agency to determine the most appropriate program for each event. Reaching over 45,000 people annually, KoumanKe’le’ promises a program that will be dynamic, culturally educational, and energetic. The Soweto Sunset program highlights traditional songs and dances of South Africa from the Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, and Shangaan people. From the goat herder’s coaxing song to the young girl’s dance competition, this presentation is full of culture and life.
3346 Airport Blvd.
Houston, TX 77051
public performance/concert $850 - $6000
school performance $650 - $2300
Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble
Austin-based Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble is a 13-member troupe of talented drummers and dancers, all trained in traditional drum/dance from West Africa to the Caribbean. Multicultural and dynamic, Lannaya performs intricate and intoxicating dances to rhythms of the African Diaspora. Live drumming drives gesture, music, audience participation, history, and folkore to encourage audiences to move! Lannaya has performed at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, One World Theatre, and the Levitt Pavilion for the Arts in Arlington, as well as many outdoor festivals, including Austin City Limits, First Night, Austin New Year, F1-FanFest, Violet Crown Festival, and the Waco Cultural Arts Fest. "The Rhythm of West Africa" features performance on traditional West African drums, vibrantly costumed dancers, a brief history of instruments, and call/response songs in SuSu (a Guinea language). The program can be tailored per presenter, and complements TEKS standards by introducing music vocabulary, authentic instruments, and dance. Mini-ensemble performances feature selected repertoire. Suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities. Lannaya also offers interactive instructional workshops in dance and drum technique incorporated in classroom, family, and other group activities.
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $3300 - $5700
school performance $750 - $2500
optional service mini-performance $1500 - $3300
After 30 years of teaching, primarily in the speech/theater field, Dru entered the world of storytelling to educate, enrich, and entertain. She entwines music, puppetry, enthusiasm, energy, and story to create a memorable experience. Folktales, fractured fairy tales, historical stories, character-based stories, and original stories comprise a program that is adaptable for all ages. The presentations align with TEKS requirements in several subject areas. The keyboard, ukulele, pipe, didgeridoo, and rhythm instruments--coupled with puppets and audience participation--add atmosphere to each selection. Dru has presented in schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, and festivals. Touring offerings include: Texas Tales– a collection of tales, along with Texas facts, that have been “Texas-ized” to create a learning, entertaining experience; Folk Tales from Around the World- visits different cultures observing how traditions and morals are taught through indigenous tales and music; Animals Adapt- includes stories and scientific concepts of adaptation to nature by animals; Stories Your History Teacher Never Told You and Bullies Are Brats - programs that teach import lessons; Hooray for Heroes - explores character traits of heroes. Music and puppets accompany all programs.
2105 Holly Trail East
Holly Lake Ranch, TX 75765
public performance/concert $150 - $500
school performance $150 - $400