Lannaya– West African Drum and Dance Ensemble
January 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
Austin, TX -Auditorium Shores 12/31/2010
Here is slideshow featuring my stills of Lannaya’s performance at Auditorium Shores during Austin’s New Year 2011 event.
Lannaya West African Drum and Dance Ensemble is an extended family of talented drummers, led by Master Drummer Alseny Sylla and Abu Sylla (on Balaphone) and Jean-Claude Lessou (Master Dancer/Choreographer). Lannaya performs intricate and intoxicating dances, songs, and rhythms from Guinea and the Ivory Coast, West Africa, with a fierce and beautiful energy. Their pieces celebrate the life and culture of West Africa.
In the Su Su language of Guinea, West Africa, Lannaya means “confidence.” It’s what the Ensemble seeks to express in our work and to instill in their audiences. Through their performances, Lannaya strives to create an atmosphere of communal connection and support, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration!