Siama's Congo Music
Feel-good sounds from the Heart of Africa

Back in Africa, Siama Matuzungidi (see-AHH-maw) became a soukous legend, recording his intricate guitar on hundreds or songs and touring the world with popular artists. Now in Minneapolis, his catchy, upbeat songs and musicianship have earned him a McKnight Fellowship and numerous grants and a Parents' Choice Parent Approved award. He loves performing special concerts and events and sharing his happy music with kids and their families. In addition to singing and guitar, Siama plays traditional African instruments like mbira (thumb piano) and balafon (marimba).

When we listen to Siama's, "Land of Yangalele" we hear home, Mama Africa. This is very beautiful music that everyone can enjoy.”

— Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Watch this charming profile of Siama's life & music:

We dig it! A great addition to the family music mosaic! Outstanding rhythms and performances. ”

— Joe and Justin - The Okee Dokee Brothers

Apr19

Private Guitar Lesson

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Special Concert

Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W 4th St, Duluth, MN 55806

Siama's delighted to perform at this gorgeous venue for the very 1st time! He'll be joined by drummer Tim O'Keefe and singer Dallas Johnson for an evening of uplifting Congolese folk music festival Siama's signature guitar, spirited vocals, fun rhythms and traditional African instruments like mbira and balafon. Check out the Facebook event page and click the Tickets link below to get your tickets now! https://www.facebook.com/events/340471599919001/

Spring Fun Fest

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McRea Park, 906 E 47th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Funtime Funktions, a local family entertainment and educational youth program company, is hosting its first annual "Spring Fun Fest,” a day of great entertainment and engaging workshops for kids of all ages.

This brand new event will include a line-up of some of the Twin Cities' best children's performers and instructors at McRae Park Community Center in the Field Regina Northrop neighborhood.

In addition to our set (3:35-4pm) the other performers include magician, Kevin Hall, Cale, The Juggler, puppeteers, storytellers, and Mr. Fun! Educational workshops include Intro to Breakdancing, Earth Day seed planting, Earth Adventurers, an eco-themed puppet show, and Trash to Treasures, where kids can make toys from recycled materials. What a blast!

In preparation for spring, you can decorate a May Day basket with ARTrageous Adventures.

Spring Fun Fest will also include face painters, henna artists, balloon sculptors, a special Easter Bunny appearance, and much more. Join us for a day of fun, prizes, and celebration as we welcome the return of spring!

Cost: Just $5 per person FREE for three and under!

https://www.facebook.com/events/983775561818665/

Apr26

Private Guitar Lesson

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Brunch w/ Siama's Afrobilly

Hell's Kitchen, 80 S 9th St, , Minneapolis, MN 55402

Join Siama, Dallas & Mikkel Beckmen for sweet Congolese folk music w/ American Traditional percussion (like washboard and more) while you enjoy delicious brunch and drinks. We LOVE playing HK. (Reserve a table in advance in the main room.) -Photo by Deborah Miller

May3

Private Guitar Lesson

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May10

Private Guitar Lesson

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May11

PRIVATE EVENT

4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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Rondo Public Library, 461 Dale St N, St. Paul, MN

Siama and Dallas encourage kids to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and English while hearing fun stories that bring Siama's rural Bas Congo childhood to life. It's a joy to immerse yourself in happy African music so don't miss it! (This program is Free Admission and it's designed especially for kids but loved by audiences of all ages.)

May17

Private Guitar Lesson

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4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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George Latimer Public Library, 90 W 4th St, Saint Paul, MN

Siama and Dallas encourage kids to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and English while hearing fun stories that bring Siama's rural Bas Congo childhood to life. It's a joy to immerse yourself in happy African music so don't miss it! (This program is Free Admission and it's designed especially for kids but loved by audiences of all ages.)

UofM Library Symposium PRIVATE

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University of Minnesota

We're presenting our 1-hour "African Singing and Culture" class twice (at 10:30am and again at 12:45pm) as part of this very special annual event for library professionals.

May24

Private Guitar Lesson

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