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Congolese guitarman/singer Siama ("See-AW-mah") played a big role in the popularization of soukous music in 1970s-90s. Now based in Minneapolis, MN-USA, he recently launched his new sound with a brilliant album (Rivers), he performs at lots of fun events and he loves hosting interactive programs for special audiences like kids and seniors. (More in Bio.)
 "RIVERS - from the Congo to the Mississippi" available HERE

"RIVERS" is a genre-spanning marvel.

Siama's infectious traditional Congolese music & soukous dance music features a surprising array of sounds: gospel harmonies, Indian Saraswati veena and singing, Tibetan singing and dranyen, pedal steel, cello & more.

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Siama has found elusive alchemy here. For all its bold collaborative forays, this album feels personal. With humor, candor and confident musical playfulness, Siama is reflecting on a life of motion and change, finding joy in his discoveries, but never losing a certain wistfulness for all that’s been left behind.”

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Marimba Africa

Cameroon Community Center, 1020 Bandana Blvd W, St. Paul, MN 55108

Come ready to get down because this is African dance music at its finest. Don't miss it! ($10 cover)

They're considering having the band every month so come out and show your support! Marimba Africa played weekly at Stillwater and weekly at the Blue Nile for years. Let's bring 'em back.

Pangea World Theatre Benefit event

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el Nuevo Rodeo (Upstairs), Minneapolis, MN

Join Siama's Congo Roots (Siama, Dallas Johnson, Brian Van Tassel & Gbesse) as they bring rural Congo to this very special event to benefit the incredible work of Pangea World Theatre. You'll hear Siama's intricate guitar work and spirited vocals, Dallas' harmonies and thumb piano, Brian's marimba and Gbesse's bringing his authentic, infectious African drumming to inspire the dancers among you.

Here's the facebook event:

Siama's Afrobilly EARLY SHOW

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The Dubliner, 2162 University Ave, St. Paul, MN

Join Siama, Dallas & Mikkel Beckmen for an acoustic take on Siama's upbeat feel-good music in our favorite Irish pub. It's an early show so don't worry that it's a school night! And they're serving food now so come ready to dance and enjoy yummy eats with your pint.


Fanaka Ndege's CD celebration event

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Brooklyn Park Activity Center, 5600 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Siama's excited to perform with Fanaka at his big CD launch event! Siama's going to head over to Fanaka's event immediately after concluding at the Dubliner. Fanaka is a young man of phenomenal talents. Siama's so proud of him and honored to be a part of his show.

Here's the fb event:

Siama & Dallas: Family Day

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Global Market, 920 E Lake St , Minneapolis, MN 55407

Join Papa Siama & Tantine Dallas for a fun, interactive show especially designed for kids and families. Be ready to sing and play along as we perform African and Caribbean songs that'll make you smile.