Intricate dance moves, thunderous live West African drumming, and vibrantly costumed performers transport audiences on a journey through Guinean rhythms and social dances! Lannaya is a nonprofit formed in 2000 and dedicated to exposing and educating audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of drum and dance of the African diaspora. They’re committed to preserving vibrant cultural traditions through workshops and performances in schools, festivals, parties, receptions, and a host of special events. In the SuSu language of Guinea, Lannaya means ‘confidence.’ It’s what they seek to convey through a variety of programming tailored per presenter, suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities, including Rhythm & Movement of West Africa. The interactive school show for grades K-12 complements STAAR and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements by introducing music and dance vocabulary, authentic instruments, math, history, geography, & culture. Includes study guide, energetic dancing to live drumming, costumed performers, a brief history of dances and musical instruments, call/response songs. Drum and/or Dance Residency: multi-day or week, drum and/or dance intensive. Dances and traditional polyrhythmic music of west African countries like Guinea, Ghana, Mali, C√¥te d’Ivoire, etc. Drum/Dance Workshops: instructional workshops ideal for the classroom, family, and other festive group activities. Drum and dance performances: traditional and innovative African diasporic rhythms. Photo by Kirk Marsh Photography.

Additional information



Contact name

Tonya Pennie

Contact address

PO Box 40577 Austin TX 78704

Phone 1

855-526-6292 Ext. 2

Phone 2

Public performance

$1600 – $5000

School performance

$700 – $2000

Workshop fees

$500 – $1500

Travel per diem lodging

$0 – $4000




Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, People with disabilities, Schools, Seniors

School audiences

Elementary, High, Middle, Pre-K

Venue size

Medium, Smaller, Unplugged, Very Large

Previous postSue Kuentz Next postJasminne Mendez