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Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day
Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

ATLANTA -- You have seen them on NBC television network reality series “America’s Got Talent” and if you are a reality-show junkie, you remember them sharing  their high-energy dance experience with singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and Attorney Phaedra Parks in connection with their travels to South Africa on BRAVO cable network top-rated reality series “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

Now, the 19-year Atlanta-based ensemble GIWAYEN MATA, is going  to bring their ‘contagious’ high energy drum and dance to the Southwest Arts Center for Father's Day. Between educating audiences about African traditions and breaking barriers as an all-sistah ensemble in a male dominated percussion industry, its no wonder Creative Loafing Magazine named them "Best Local World Music Act" three times!

This Father’s Day, GIWAYEN MATA, gives tribute to fathers, sons, brothers, husbands and male friends in their stage production of “A SALUTE TO OUR MEN”.  On Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 3o’clock in the afternoon at the Southwest Arts Center located 915 New Hope Road Atlanta, GA 30331, the ‘SALUTE’ program will encompass a shared stage joining ladies of GIWAYEN MATA with special male guests. Choreographed in part by Ayo Love, Founder and Artistic Director of Ayodele Drum and Dance based in Chicago, IL, family-friendly audiences can expect the ‘roaring’ sounds of GIWAYEN MATA’s djembe orchestra of Afrikan djembe,  sangba,  dununba and  kenkeni drums, the learning of Afrikan traditions and rituals within the dance choreography, prose and vocal performance, ‘contagious’ audience  participation, and high energy and excitement in every moment!

Tickets for ‘SALUTE’ are $25 in advance by purchasing through PayPal online, or $28 at the door. Special rates are also available for students, children and senior citizens.

For more information contact GIWAYEN MATA Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Omelika Kuumba, at 404-604-9364, by text at 504-610-2237 or PayPal: giwashop@giwayenmata.org