The First Annual Sankofa Concert in Cascades Park is a musical based on the short film, “Underground,” that won 21 awards in 28 film festivals and two student Emmys. Our musical by the same name features original songs and classic Negro spirituals, choreography and a script. Writer, producer, director and professor from Tallahassee (a graduate of FAMU and FSU), Akil Dupont, is coming from Atlanta to produce it, with the help of our own Lili Forbes and over 35 cast members. The plot (1850): “'In a story told through song and with dreams of freedom tugging at his soul, Bali plans to escape from slavery after learning that his master, Jacob, is going to sell his young daughter, Emala, to help cover the financial losses that he has suffered from a drought. The slaves strike out in the dead of night, singing Negro spirituals that they hope will protect them on their perilous journey to freedom and the Underground Railroad. Can Bali lead them to freedom, or will the master find them and force them back into to a life of servitude?"