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Lanyi West African Ensemble

Our Lanyi West African Ensemble was established in 2013 to give students the opportunity to study a range of instrumental, vocal and dance traditions.

“Lanyi” means “gathering” in Susu, a language spoken in Guinea, West Africa, and captures the communal bonding generated through musical participation.

The ensemble approaches repertoire from a range of West African cultures. Those new to the music will receive instruction in basic instrumental and dance techniques while more experienced group members will progress to more advanced techniques, polyrhythmic patterns, and soloing skills.

Through learning rhythms and dances common in West African social life and stage performance, students will develop new aural, observational and memorisation capabilities. Students learn songs in several languages and study a range of instruments including drums (djembe, dundun, bugarabu) and hand-held percussion. Students should expect to have fun, be challenged in new ways, and develop their general musicianship.

During the last academic year, the Ensemble performed with Cardiff University Pop Collective at the Student's Union and at Dyffryn Gardens, the National Trust site.

Lanyi is only open to Cardiff University School of Music students. For more information get in touch with Elin Jones at

Ensemble Leader: Landing Mané

Landing Mané
Landing Mané.

Since arriving in the UK in 1998, Landing Mané has become one of the nation’s leaders of Senegalese instrumental music and dance. Learning from the age of four, he is also versed in traditions from Guinea, Mali, the Ivory Coast and has studied and received formal training in Afro jazz and classical ballet at the National Conservatory of Dakar in Senegal. For five years he was Artistic Director and Choreographer of Bakalama of Thionck-Essyl in Dakar, an internationally renowned group founded by his father. In the UK Landing leads his own performing and educational company, Jamo Jamo Arts.

Landing is also an experienced instrumental and dance teacher and works with absolute beginners in schools, universities and festivals such as WOMAD through to choreographing advanced African performers. In 2005 he was a mentor and choreographer for the winner and runner-up of the BBC production of Strictly African Dance, filmed in South Africa.