Giwayen Mata - Omi singing Lonzo

February 28, 2015
Black History Show cropped

Giwayen Mata was honored at the Atlanta African Dance and Drum Black History Program and Community Awards. Favorite Organization in recognition of contributions to the community awarded to Giwayen Mata.
Favorite Director awarded to
Omelika Kuumba.

Feb 15, 2015
Black Love Award for demonstration of Black Love through work and education was awarded to Omelika Kuumba and Giwayen Mata by the Servants of Sankofa United Church of Christ.


June 30, 2012
Mansa Musoo “Most High Queen” Award of Excellence for Commitment to the African People presented by the Honorable Chief Sundiata Keita Kamara.

February 24, 1996
Malcolm X Self-determination Award for Exemplary Contributions to Self-determination in Black Life, Culture, and Struggle

Creative Loafing Newspaper’s Critic’s Choice ’99 Award Winner as Best Traditional/World Band/Artist

May 22, 2000
Atlanta City Council Proclamation In Honor of Giwayen Mata proclaiming Monday, May 22, 2000 Giwayen Mata Day.

April 1, 2001
Atlanta City Council Proclamation In Honor of Giwayen Mata proclaiming Monday, April 1, 2001 Giwayen Mata Day.

February 22, 2001
Governor’s Office of Georgia Human Relations Certificate of Appreciation for Contribution to the First Annual Georgia Human Relations Day at the State Capitol

The Center for Afrikan Biblical Studies of First Afrikan Church recognizes the Cultural Excellence of Giwayen Mata as a Model of Cultural and Educational Excellence

Commendation from Shirley Franklin, Mayor of the City of Atlanta for the 10th Year of Outstanding Quality Entertainment and Education Through Artistic Expression

October 26, 2001
The State of Georgia Secretary of State Proclaims Giwayen Mata as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen

December 26, 2001
Nguzo Saba Award for living the principles of the Nguzo Saba.