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 its mission as we promote an 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 Contemporary and Traditional dance, theatre, and visual art presentations.

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, she recognized a need for multicultural enrichment in Louisiana, and 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 became a 501(c)3 Nonprofit arts and educational organization on September 10, 1986. However, LKNT has been in existence since May of 1962, Founded by the late Queen Mother Suma Diarra and Co-Founded by Padrica Sherelle Lawes.

Queen Mother Suma Diarra

The Griot/Storyteller

5/14/1929 ~ 10/22/2017
The Griot: Storyteller of African Folklore, Dancer, Costume Designer, Cultural Bearer of Traditional and Contemporary customs, and culture, Quilter, and Fine Arts to name a few.

Queen Mother Suma Diarra