Introduction to Alseny and the Lahydi Foundation


The mission of the Lahydi Foundation is to carry the traditions of Guinea, West Africa ancestors while embracing the emerging changes in their culture.

The founder of the Lahydi Foundation, Alseny Soumah, was born in the Baga village of Boke, in northern Guinea. In the 1970s he began dancing in local community groups created by Sekou Toure to preserve and showcase Guinea culture. By 1985 he was chosen to dance with Les Merveilles D’Afrique led by the late, great Kemoko Sano. In 1988-1989 Alseny had the honor of dancing with the president’s national drum and dance company, Les Ballet Africains. During his tenure with both prestigious ballets, he has toured throughout Europe, Africa and the United States.

Alseny brings a fresh flavor and richness to the art of dance, embodying cultural authenticity and optimal professionalism. He is known to be exciting, invigorating, and remarkably creative. He is dedicated to sharing and preserving the rich culture of Guinea in his own dynamic way, through love and respect.