Movement, music, storytelling, and tradition fuse into one in MANDE! The Evolution from Bare Feet to Blue Jeans. Originally performed in ’06 at Boomtown Subterranea to a sold-out audience, this powerful production by the local Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum & Dance Ensemble covers the journeys of African descendants through time and location, following the path of the Middle Passage and the African slave trade. Written and directed by Christa “Fatoumata” Sylla, MANDE! is an expression of both heritage and progressive evolution of the present day spirit of the griot culture, emanating through modern music, poetry, rappers, and dances, with a cast including actor Rahman Johnson, spoken-word artist Seven SoulJones, and rapper Arsun Fist.