GIWAYEN MATA, founded in 1993 by 10 courageous women, is the award-winning, dynamic, soul-stirring, all-sistah, dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble, which celebrates the richness of traditional Africa by exhibiting its exemplary art forms. The ensemble performs traditional, contemporary and original pieces that address issues pertaining to people of color, women, and the environment. Giwayen Mata uplifts our communities and our planet, while perpetuating the cultures of Africa and the Afrikan Diaspora through the study, creation, teaching, and presentation of artistic media including dances, rhythms, songs, poetry, and prose around the world.
Gail V. Zuri Sami Ra Maati Jordan
Co-founder & Board President