Giwayen Mata’s mission is to celebrate our lives as women and uplift 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.
Giwayen Mata is an award-winning Atlanta-based all-female dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble that celebrates the richness of the African tradition through the arts. The ensemble performs traditional, contemporary, and original pieces that address issues pertaining to people of color, women, and the environment. Hailing from the US, Haiti, Senegal, and Ghana, the women of Giwayen Mata share more than 50 years of experience in modern, jazz, ballet, contemporary, African, and Caribbean dance forms. Their backgrounds reflect multidisciplinary experiences as dancers, percussionists, choreographers, vocalists, thespians, poets, academics, and lyricists.