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

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

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).

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

— Joe and Justin - The Okee Dokee Brothers

Previous events

Burnsville International Festival

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Nicollet Commons Park , 12550 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337

Siama's excited to bring his feel-good music to this very special event! He'll be joined by an incredible band: Dallas Johnson on vocals and shakers, Steven Hobert on keys, Tony Axtell on Bass and Kevin Washington on drums. Together they conure up a jazz-funkedified take on Siama's gorgeous Congolese music. Can't wait! Check out the website for info on the Burnsville International Festival. https://intlfestburnsville.org/

4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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Stillwater Carnegie Public Library, 224 3rd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

Siama and Dallas are excited to encourage everyone to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and English while hearing fun stories that bring Siama's rural Bas Congo childhood to life. This program is Free Admission and it's designed especially for kids but loved by audiences of all ages so don't miss it!

Jul19

PRIVATE EVENT (for Puppeteers rah rah rah)

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Jul18

Franklin Library Private Lessons

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Minneapolis, MN

Siama and Dallas LOVE singing and playing guitar 1:1 with the wonderful young people from our neighborhood. (Connect with Franklin Library to learn about their special youth programming.)

4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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Skyview Community Middle School, 1100 Heron Ave N , St Paul, MN 55128

Siama, drummer Tim O'Keefe and singer Dallas Johnson can't wait to bring their spirited Congolese music program to Skyview! They'll encourage everyone to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and English as they play guitar, percussion and fun traditional African instruments like mbira and balafon. This'll be a blast so don't miss it!

A special thanks to Washington County Library for making the magic happen.

Wee Wednesdays

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

NOTE: In Sept our Wee Wednesdays show will be on Sept 4th (NOT Sept 18). Your young ones will have a blast singing and dancing with Siama and Dallas in the vibrant and welcoming environs of this international market. Note: Siama & Dallas almost always do Wee Wednesdays as shown on this calendar but there are sometimes exceptions. Here's the full market calendar https://midtownglobalmarket.org/events.

4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St, Duluth Minnesota 55802, MN

Kids and families will be encouraged 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.)

4kids Siama's Congo Music

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Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St, Duluth Minnesota 55802, MN

Kids and families will be encouraged 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.)

Special Full Band Concert

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Art Works Eagan, 3795 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN 55112

Siama's bringing an exciting jazz-funk band for this very special show and in addition to guitar, he'll play cool traditional African instruments like balafon, mbira as he invites us all on a journey to rural Bas Congo, his homeland. Be ready to sing along and try call-and-response to his fun, catchy songs in Lingala, Kikongo (and English). This is gonna be FUN. Bring everybody!

This interactive event welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to listen and learn. NOTE: It was going to be outdoors but due to extreme heat will take place inside (just up the road from Caponi Art Park). Address above is correct. Tickets just $5 (via the link)

https://www.caponiartpark.org/programs-and-events/summer-performance-series/

4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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Spring Valley Library, 121 W Jefferson St, Spring Valley, MN

Siama and Dallas will encourage kids and families to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and English while hearing fun stories that bring Siama's rural Bas Congo childhood to life. (This program is Free Admission and it's designed especially for kids but loved by audiences of all ages.)

4Kids Siama's Congo Music

Robert Trail Library/Rosemount

Siama and Dallas will encourage kids and families to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and English while hearing fun stories that bring Siama's rural Bas Congo childhood to life. (This program is Free Admission and it's designed especially for kids but loved by audiences of all ages.)

Teach our Smithsonian Folkways World Pedagogy Class

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St Thomas University, St Paul

Only those enrolled for the week-long course can attend this class. (Check St THomas' website for info.)