Contemporary Manding Music & Dance
from Burkina Faso

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Abdoul Aziz Sinka – Doundoun, Djembe, Vocal
Adama Dembele – Ngoni, Djembe, Vocal
Louis Sanou – Balafon, Djembé, Ngoni, Vocal
Massa Dembéle – Balafon, Djembé, Ngoni, Vocal
Ndiaga Diop – Percussion
Ibrahim Sinka – Djembe, Bara (Calabash), Vocal, Dance
Aicha Camara – Tanz

Daniel Lorenz – Violine
Moumouni Diatta
– Djembe, Ngoni
Arcadius Divadi – Bass
Jeff Chappah – Bass
Badou Mbaye – Djembe, 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

Doundoun, Djembe, Vocal

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.