Contemporary Manding Music & Dance
from Burkina Faso
Abdoul Aziz Sinka – Doundoun, Calabasse, Vocal
Adama Dembele – Ngoni, Djembe, Vocal
Rama N’goni aka Alimatou Diakité – N’goni, Vocal
Moussa Coulibaly – Balafon, Djembé, Ngoni
Massa Dembéle – Balafon, Djembé, Ngoni, Vocal
Souleymane Diabaté – Balafon, Djembe, Vocal
Aicha Camara – Tanz
Louis Sanou– Balafon, Djembé, Ngoni, Vocal
Djelifily Sako – Kora
Daniel Lorenz – Violine
Moumouni Diatta – Djembe, Ngoni
Jeff Chappah – Bass
Badou Mbaye – Djembé, Vocal
Percussion, Balafon, N’goni (westafrican Harp), Dance
LANAYA (Confidence) won 2013 the 1st Prize at “Sharq Taronalari”, International Competition in Uzbekistan, supported by UNESCO
& the “Creole Award Berlin & Brandenburg” in Germany
All musicians are from Burkina Faso, West Africa and use the rich cultural and musical heritage from the people of the Manding. LANAYA have a profound cultural and musical background and have managed to create a very own sound which is going far beyond the songs usually heard on African drum concerts. Performed are the world-famous, powerful and furious rhythms, songs and dances of the Manding Tribes: Bobo, Bissa and Siamou on the borders of Mali, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Even the music-instruments are respectively from those tribes and are normally not used together in a group!
The entire repertoire was arranged by own means and modern style elements. They manage again and again to interpret partly ancient, soft or powerful, sad or happy songs with harmonic grooving melodies and rhythmic African improvisations. LANAYA regularly invites musicians and dancers as guest from Burkina Faso and are able to convince and delight the audience with their original way and complicity.
Debutalabum 2017 “Bobo-Dioulasso” by AHOI-tunes
Quotation of the jury CREOLE Award:
“LANAYA lifted the audience off their seats with their nice temper, the diversity of their performance, their professionalism and convinced the Jury by respecting the regional character of the musical type”
Debutalbum “Bobo-Dioulasso” 11/2017 by AHOI-tunes
ABDOUL AZIZ SINKA – Band-Leader
He was born in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Very early he gets in touch with music through a Griot family who teaches him singing. In several West African countries he met other traditions and intensifies his music knowledge in Djembe, Talking Drum, Calabash and N’goni. Since 2002 Aziz is living in Germany, where he founds LANAYA with his brother Ibrahim in order to put across his home culture. To the rich Manding’s culture the band adds modern elements of style. With “Trio DJEKAFO” he was on tour in Germany and Switzerland in 2008. In 2009 Aziz Sinka initiates an ambitious project: BEN KADY (Peace is good). The ensemble of musicians from about 15 countries presents itself in an exceptionally social, cultural and musical variety. Openness, tolerance, braveness and talent are the keys of this successful project which Aziz wants to establish in Berlin every year with the WOKA KUMA Festival, Berlin.
In 2005 he plays as the first African artist at the UNESCO Festival Sharq Taronalari in Uzbekistan. With “Interkunst” project against violence & racism (in german schools & prisons for youth) he is on tour in Germany, also he invited lots of musicians from Burkina Faso to do same. Since 2006 Aziz regularly appears in the House scene of Lithuania with DJ Avieras. In 2008 he gave music workshops at the Oneaka Dance Company in Charlotte, North Carolina/USA. Aziz performs solo and with musicians at Africa Film festival “AfriKamera”, World Championships in Athletics 2009 (IAAF) and “Fanmeile” for FIFA World Cup in 2006. In 2009 ARTE-TV showed Abdoul Aziz Sinka as one of the main protagonists in “24 hours Berlin”.
Since 2013 he produce the yearly WOKA KUMA Festival in Berlin, in partnership with FESTICO Festival de Danse et Musique Traditionelle De Colsama in Burkina Faso 2018.
Rama Ngoni aka Alimatou Diakité was born in Bobo-Dioulasso. She started making music at the age of 4 with her father Limani Fatiè Traoré. He taught his daughter Rama to play the N’Goni, traditionally played only by hunters and dozos. She is also a wonderful voice artist.
In 2011 she released her first album “Mougnou” with 11 tracks. She is currently preparing her second album.
Souleymane Diabaté comes from a griot family in Bobo-Dioulasso. Already at a young age he played in his family structure as a balafon player and was able to learn from the really great artists. Since 2011 he has been touring internationally in music groups but also as a musician for theater and dance pieces, representing Burkinabe traditional music on public stages. In addition to the various ensembles, his greatest collaborations are with e.g. the Malian star Sidiki Diabaté or Cheik Tidiane Seck.
Massa Dembélé has already released two albums with his solo career and has been an integral part of the group FASO ORKESTRA since 2019. After his musical training in Burkina Faso, he has been in Germany for many years and lives as a musician and music teacher. Through his many years of performance and stage experience, he makes a significant contribution to the cohesion of the group.
Adama Dembélé also known as solo artist Djah Barro, reggae musician and instrumentalist of West African Burkinabe traditional music. Born in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) into a griot family, he learned percussion, singing and ngoni from the age of 6 in a family context, as well as accompanying dance performances, weddings and family celebrations as a musician. In 2003 he traveled to Italy for the first time with his group “Bensoba”, in 2009 he traveled to Belgium, Holland and Italy as a music teacher until he arrived in Germany in 2014. He maintained international cooperation and traveled as a musician. “Djah Barro” he released his first reggae album in 2021.
Moussa Coulibaly is a griot musician. His compositions are strongly influenced by his cultural background in the rock village of Kolonzo, the “Village Coulibaly”, in western Burkina Faso right on the border with Mali, where Moussa was born and grew up. After various tours through Europe, he has been living and working in Berlin since 2012. He has already released several works and plays masterfully in front of the balafon, djembé and n’goni in his groups.