Landing Mané has over 40 years experience as a student, performer and teacher of West African music, song and dance. In his home country of Senegal, he was Artistic Director for the company Bakalama of Thionck-Essyl, which incorporates percussion, song and dance performance. Landing still continues to lead the group creatively and work with them when he travels to Senegal. Since arriving in London in 1998, Landing has worked as a choreographer, dancer and musician and has performed with many musicians and dance companies, and his own company, Jamo Jamo Arts
He performs at festivals throughout Britain and Europe, including WOMAD and Drum Camp, and on the BBC’s show Strictly African Dance. He also works as an educator and workshop facilitator in schools, communities and corporate team building events, sharing his knowledge and passion with students of all ages.
He is currently also Artistic Director of Lanyi, Cardiff University’s West African Ensemble.
Landing is a versatile musician and dancer with innate talent for performing and teaching, and an energy which inspires joy in all.
African drumming is an energizing, motivating and joyous experience. In African cultures, it is one of the most fundamental activities, bringing people together to build a sense of community, celebrate, or just relax. Today, traditional rhythms and instruments are being combined and integrated with modern music and sounds, creating a fantastic synthesis, which educates, unites and inspires musicians and audiences alike.
The djembe (pronounced ‘jem-bay) is perhaps the most well known African instrument. With just three basic tones, this hand-played drum is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.