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

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

— Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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 and his wife Dallas Johnson (singer/narrator) love performing special concerts and events and sharing his happy music with kids and families. In addition to singing and guitar, Siama plays traditional African instruments like Mbira (thumb piano), Lokole (tone drum) and Balafon (marimba) and he's a mean beatboxer. 

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

— Joe and Justin - The Okee Dokee Brothers

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound with Siama Matuzungidi

The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, Minneapolis

"UNDER THE CANOPY" - An Urban Outdoor Summer Concert Series Doors 6:00pm :: Music 7:00pm / 21+ RAIN or SHINE BUY TOGETHER :: ARRIVE TOGETHER :: SIT TOGETHER Together we will safely enjoy live music this summer! —– Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound are the latest in fresh venerable. Benefitting from years of unassuming and understated hipness, they bring forth a funky, lyrically charged racket that sits comfortably with soulful sounds the world over. Intricate but free-swinging, explosive yet intimate, fresh and green as grass. Taking cues from the dance bands of western Louisiana (and his native Midwest,), the streets (and 45’s) of New Orleans, touring African and Caribbean combos and the soul, funk & blues of his youth coupled with early, teeth-cutting experience in the verbal hotbeds of the coffeehouse scene, Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture. “For the in crowd starting around Milwaukee and stretching all the way down yonder to New Orleans, Paul Cebar needs no introduction. He’s been amalgamating modern versions of age-old musical strains like rhythm and blues, rock, Caribbean calypso and even outright oddities into the Cebar Sound for so long he’s surely to be anointed iconness any day now.” Bill Bentley, The Morton Report —– Siama comes from a culture where everyone creates and sings together so he and Dallas are passionate about sharing the experience they had together visiting family in DRC. That’s why they always encourage everyone to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala, Swahili and English. People often describe Siama’s music as healing and spirit-lifting. That’s why his tagline is, “Feel-good music from the Heart of Africa”. —– Gentleman Forager Eats: Wild and wildly delicious food is expertly prepared by “Gentleman Forager Eats”. Whether you are a carnivore or herbivore, there is something at our outdoor kitchen crave-worthy for you. The ever-changing menu—From mouthwatering meats and vegetarian shawarma to morel mushrooms on a stick—is fueled by our own Chef Taylor O’Brien and an impressive multitude of guest chef pop-ups. Come hungry for dinner with the show!

Thank you to our supporting partners: Summit Brewing, Jack Daniels, Slane Irish Whiskey, The Hive Realty, Gentleman Forager, Nobool Presents, KFAI 90.3FM, The Hub Bike Co-op, Music In Minnesota, Geek Love Cafe, Moon Palace Books, Lake Street Council, & The MN State Arts Board—–

Tickets: $20-$25 / Reserved Seats/Pods of 2, 4 & 6 / Does not include fees / Must purchase the entire pod of seats / NO REFUNDS