Manding & Contemporary Music & Dance from Burkina Faso
Debutalbum “BOBO-DIOULASSO” 11/2017 at
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Rama N’goni aka Alimatou Diakité – Vocal, N’goni
Abdoul Aziz Sinka
– Doundoun, Calabasse, Vocal
Adama Dembele – Ngoni, Djembe, Vocal
Moussa Coulibaly
– Balafon, Djembé, Ngoni
Massa Dembéle – Balafon, Djembé, Ngoni, Vocal
Souleymane Diabaté – Balafon, Djembe, Vocal
Sékou Bamogo  – Dance
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 Harpe), Dance

1st Price at Sharq Taronalari 2013, Int. Competition, supported by UNESCO
& “Creole Award” Berlin & Brandenburg 2013
Debutalbum “BOBO-DIOULASSO” 11/2017 bei AHOI-tunes

The group LANAYA (Trust) has earned the reputation of being something spezial in the Berlin music scene. 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 Mali, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Even the music-instruments are from these different regions and usually dont play together in one group!
The entire repertoire was arranged by own means and modern style elements. They manage to interpret partly ancient, soft or powerful, sad or happy songs with harmonic grooving melodies and rhythmic African improvisations over and over again. LANAYA regularly invites musicians and dancers as guests from Burkina Faso and are able to convince and delight the audience with their original way and complicity.
Bandleader Aziz Sinka produce the yearly festival WOKA KUMA in Berlin & FESTICO in Bobo-Dioulasso

The musicians:

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 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 he is on tour in Germany. 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”.
He produce the festivals: WOKA KUMA in Berlin/Germany & FESTICO in Bobo-Dioulasso/Burkina Faso.

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.

Sékou Bamogo – Tänzer aus Burkina Faso
Training: Contemporary & Afro-Modern Dance „Centre de Formation ANKATA NEXT GÉNÉRATION“ Serge Aimé Coulibaly and traditional westafrican Dance „Centre de Formation Katouma“ bei Noumoutié Quattara. International Dance-Workshop „SYA DANSE“ bei Iréne Tassembedo& Ahmed Soura
Engagements: 2022-23 „Macbeth“, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, DE, Choreografie: Valenti Rocamora i Torà, Regie: Christian Friedel; 2023 „Der Preis der Freiheit“, Theater Neubrandenburg/ Neustrelitz, DE, Choreographie: Lars Scheibner/ Sékou Bamogo, Regie: Tatjana Rese; 2022 „Au nom de la liberté“ Solo- Stück, Societaetstheater Dresden, DE, Choreografie: Sékou Bamogo; 2022 „Kalakuta Republik“, Ouagadougou, Tourneé thru Burkina Faso and Mali, Westafrika, Choreografie: Serge Aimé Coulibaly; 2022 „Digital Dialogues“ Dance Bremen, Cooperation between Dancers from  Bremen, DE and Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Choreografie: Serge Aimé Coulibaly; 2014-22, Dancer of Company Katouma Danse, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Choreografie: Noumoutie Quattara
Many Shows at Festivals in Burkina Faso, Mali and der Ivory Coast like. „FESPACO“ in Ouagadougou, B.F. and „Rendez- vous chez nous“, Bamago, Mali and Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 2013-15 Dancer of Campany Fashion City de Belleville
Awards: 2020 1.Place Traditional Westafrican Dance: Festival „Semaines de la culture“, Bobo- Dioulasso; 2018 2.Place für Traditional Westafrican Dance: Festival „Semaines de la culture“, Bobo-Dioulasso; 2017 1. Place at Dance Competition FESCOM for Junior dances, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso; 2016 1. Plce at Dance Competition of Youth with Company Ardji Ambiance du Centre Djéliya with the opening production for the Festival FESPACO, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


  • 2008: See Festival in Klaipeda (Lithuania)
  • 2009: Afrika Kultur Tage, Forchheim (Germany)
  • 2010: Afrika Festival, Reutlingen (Germany)
    Interkunst against racism & violence
  • 2011: African Caribe Festival, Aschaffenburg (Germany)
    Afrika Kultur Tage, Forchheim (Germany)
  • 2011: Culture Night, Lublin (Poland)
  • 2012: African Festival, Kempten (Germany)
  • 2013 – 2023: Karneval der Kulturen Berlin (Germany)
    WOKA KUMA Festival, Berlin (Germany)
    Sharq Taronalari, Uzbekistan – 1.Price
    Jazzsommer Berlin (Germany)
    La Ghironda Festival, Italy
    Creole-Music-Award –  (Germany)
  • 2014: World Music Festival, Bali
    transVocale, Frankfurt/Oder
    VIVE L’AFRIQUE, Afrikafestival Berlin
  • 2015: Folklorum-Festival
    Kosmos-Festival, Radialsystem
    Indian Dance Days, Hamburg
    Jazz Sommer Berlin, AHOI-Bühne
    Karneval der Kulturen
    25-Jahre Town-Partnership Berlin-Moskau Festival
  • 2017: Kulturquartier Mecklenburg – Neustrelitz
    Kenako-Africafestival, Berlin
    Burg Klempenow Germany
    CD-Release „Bobo-Dioulasso“ by
  • 2018 – 2023: FESTICO 2., Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
    Alafia Afrikafestival Hamburg, Germany
    WOKA KUMA Festival in Berlin
  • and many more…