Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Tax Exempt Arts Organization of dancers, drummers and individuals dedicated to bringing African cultural art forms and valves to wide attention, with the goal of attaining appreciation for African traditions throughout a diversified community. "LKNT" views education as an essential part of it's mission as we promote and understanding of traditional African culture and history, as we know it. We promote the arts in all forms through performances, lectures, and workshops with the public. "LKNT" has offices in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. As one of New Orleans/ Houston's premiere Contemporary and Traditional African Dance Troupes. "LKNT" will continue to broaden the cultural and artistic environment with our passionate and exciting presentation of Traditional and Contemporary dance, theatre and visual art presentations. (Due to Hurricane Katrina and Rita we have presently combined our New Orleans office with our Houston office)
Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe, Inc. began as a family organization in 1962. One of the first African-American dance and Multi-Cultural arts organizations in the state of Louisiana and Mississippi. Founded by Queen Mother Suma Diarra, as she recognized a need for multicultural enrichment in Louisiana, Mississippi and move into Texas as well as worldwide. After traveling performing and teaching she realized the great need of the youth worldwide to educate them about their rich cultural heritage and their cultural rights. So Laini Kuumba Ngoma Ngoma Troupe began to educate communities about the rich customs and traditions of Africa and African American life.
Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe has been exciting audience for over 47 years. It is estimated that since its auspicious beginning more that 2500 individuals have been directly involved with the organization. Over the years, "LKNT" has produced many professional artists in a wide variety of artistic disciples. We teach all forms of the Arts, dance, drama, music, arts and crafts, folklore, storytelling, stilt walking and singing.
Laini Kuumba Ngoma Troupe, Inc. attempts to facilitates the audiences understanding of African traditions, as they relate to American society and the societies of our ancestors. Concerts illustrate the authentic magnificence of the dances and rhythms with a display of movement and costuming that is entrancing. Workshops encourage participants to actually learn the dance and rhythms while lecture-demonstrations "tell" and "show" specific cultural concepts in depths. "LKNT" offers a glance at several aspects of West African societies. Repertoire includes dances and rhythms from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, South Africa, Liberia, Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana, The Congo and Zaire. Our performance is a learning experience, and through them, we express true creativity and excitement. It is a lasting impression for those who experience it. It is very suitable for diverse audiences.