Siama and his musicians put on a sensational show. The music is unique, joyful and utterly irresistible. Truly a delight to work with! - Katie Wildfong, Minneapolis Institute of Art”

Siama's Congo Roots: Feel-good music from the heart of Africa

intricate guitar, spirited vocals, entrancing mbira and catchy songs
Languages: English, Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo and French

Back in Africa, Congolese guitarman Siama Matuzungidi recorded hundreds of hits and toured the globe with beloved soukous artists, helping to popularize soukous music  throughout the African diaspora. (BIO) Now based in Minneapolis and a McKnight Fellow, Siama's latest album ("Rivers - from the Congo to the Mississippi") is garnering attention the world-over, he's just released an album of new kids' songs ("The Land of Yangalele") and he's featured in a PBS/TPT episode of, "Lowertown Line" about his life and music. (View it here). In addition to soukous, Siama's exploring traditional Bakongo and Mbaka music and he's picked up the mbira and belafon (African thumb piano and marimba).
  • LIVE PERFORMANCE 
    Siama maintains a busy performance schedule, having performed at numerous special venues and events like the Cedar Cultural Center, The Ordway Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2017 Women's March/MN Capital (for 100,000 people), Walker Art Center, First Avenue, Lowertown Guitar Festival, Lake Harriet Bandshell, American Folk Festival in Nashville, TN, Winnipeg Folk Festival, MSP Airport and theaters like In the Heart of the Beast, Open Eye, Pangea World and Mixed Blood. 
     
  • KIDS' PROGRAM 
    Siama and his partner Dallas Johnson host a fun, interactive music program for kids and families where they play catchy songs and encourage everyone to sing along, dance and play handheld percussion instruments while learning fun African signing styles like yodeling and call-and-response.

    This program can be a performance, Siama's Instrument Petting Zoo (for events with a roving-type format) or an African Music Class. 
    (BTW If you're using grant funding, Siama is on the teaching artist roster of COMPAS and the MN State Arts Board.)

    They've presented kids' programs at Minneapolis Institute of Art, MacPhail Center for Music, Intermedia Arts, The Ordway/Flint Hill's Children's Festival, Global Market's Wee Wednesdays, Dowling Environmental School, Urban Arts Academy, St. Paul City School, 50+ libraries across MN, Winona Rec Center and many other places. They're available for events, festivals and schools, libraries.
     
  • CLASSES for ADULT and YOUNG ADULTS 
    Siama and Dallas teach an African Singing Class and a Songwriting Workshop.

    They've taught at HUGE Improv Theatre in Minneapolis, Woodland Hills Residence in Duluth (for young men), for young people at Franklin Library and more. This is a great fit for libraries, lifelong learning programs, teenage/youth programs, hospital or residence settings...to build a sense of community, to surprise a loved one with a special song, etc, 

 

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PBS/TPT Show about Siama's life and music

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