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

Previous events

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/

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/

Apr19

Private Guitar Lesson

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LSS Taste of Cultures

The District, 4521 West Empire Place, Sioux Falls, MN 57106

Siama, drummer Tim O'Keefe and singer Dallas Johnson are so excited to perform for guests of this very special event! Learn more here. https://www.lsssd.org/news-events/events/taste.html

Headlining Entertainment featuring Siama's Congo Music. Also enjoy other great entertainment with music and performances from ethnic artists celebrating their heritage.

If you are interested in attending this year’s Taste of Cultures, contact Jamie Lennon, Development Director at 605-444-7502.

6:30 pm Dinner by Lalibela Restaurant Games Live participation art project

7:30 pm Entertainment

Limited seating, reserve seats early. General Admission Tickets $40 General Admission Table of Eight $320

VIP Tickets $80 VIP Table of Eight $640 VIP includes premium seating & wine

For tickets or info: Call Jamie Lennon, Development Director LSS Development & Foundation 605-444-7502

Apr12

Private Guitar Lesson

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Apr5

Private Guitar Lesson

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Mar29

Private Guitar Lesson

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Mar29

PRIVATE EVENT

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Papa Siama & Auntie Dallas play the JUST KIDDING series

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Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway Ave, New York, NY

We're so excited to perform for kids in families at this gorgeous venue!...our first "Papa Siama" show in NYC as part of Symphony Space "Just Kidding" series. Siama will play guitar & mbira and we'll encourage everyone to sing along to fun, catchy songs in Kikongo and Lingala. The music and stories of Siama's childhood will make you feel like you've traveled to Siama's homeland in rural western Congo.

Mar22

Private Guitar Lesson

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Mar15

Private Guitar Lesson

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