Mandé is a ethnic group of West Africa. These people speak Mande languages and they live in Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso, and Côte d'Ivoire. The Mande languages are in the Niger-Congo family. These people made the largest west African empires. Some people think that the Mandé people are not a racial group, but are a cultural group instead.