Nan Nkama West African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Enlightening and empowering the Northeast Florida community with the beauty of music and dance of Mande. A Jacksonville based dance, drum, and performance troupe with a concentration in West African (Mande) music, dance and culture. Majority of rhythms performed by the group come from Guinea, Mali, and Senegal. Community classes have been in effect since September of 2003 with the troupe (formerly known as Culture Moves 101) making the debut perfomance at the World of Nations Festival in April 2005 in Jacksonville,FL. Since then the group has performed at the Kuumba Festival,Susie Tolbert Elementary’s Black History Month Program, St. Francis House Benefit Performance(St. Augustine), Downtown Art Walk, Alltel Stadium’s World Day, FCCJ Downtown Campus International Festival, and many others. 90% of the troupe was featured in the local musical Majigeen, written by Jennifer Chase and choreographed by Nan Nkama director, Christa Sylla. Nan Nkama also has an original production called Mande! The Evolution from Bare Feet to Blue Jeans. Mande! is written and directed by Ms. Sylla and uses narrative scenes to link West African traditional culture to modern day American culture. The production features the choreography of Ms. Sylla and Dance Captain, Stacie Ross.
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