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A Chicago native, she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by elder musicians who showed her by distinct example the importance of listening to one\'s personal creative voice while at the same time using the profound and many layered traditions of the music to act only as her creative guide, not as her creative definer. By using their mentorship, she has been able to craft a voice and creative focus that truly speaks to her own true artistic individuality. She feels strongly that her music should not only reflect the many colors and moods of universal human emotions, but that it should also testify, critique, document, and respond to the many socio-economic, historical, and cultural inequalities that exist not only in this country, but all over the world.
Matana is an associate member of the A.A.C.M. and currently resides in New York City.