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

Feb22

Private Guitar Lesson

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Feb21

PRIVATE (recording an interview)

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Feb15

Private Guitar Lesson

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Siama Solo

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Terminal 2 Airport, MN

4x every month Siama performs solo at Minneapolis airports (MSP/Terminal 1 Mondays 8-11am and one Wed noon-3pm every month at Hubert Humphrey/Terminal 2).

MIA's Family Day

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Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Siama and Dallas can't wait to sing and dance with the awesome kids and families at MIA again. Not sure yet but I think we'll be in the fountain room on the 2nd floor. (We love that room!) The Feb theme is "Love" and there'll be lots of fun art-making, activities and learning to do and it's all FREE!

4kids Siama & Dallas

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Oakdale Library, 1010 Heron Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128

Join Siama and Dallas at Oakdale Library for a very special trip to the Land of Yangalele ("happiness" in Kikongo). Sing in African languages, hear fun stories about Siama's childhood in rural Africa, play a fun percussion shaker and end the session with a fun dance party.

Feb8

Private Guitar Lesson

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Feb1

Private Guitar Lesson

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Siama & Dallas Special Event

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Soup for You, Minneapolis, MN

We're delighted to once again perform a set for Soup for You's anniversary of serving up incredibly delicious and nutritious FREE lunches every M-F in the basement of Bethany Lutheran Church in Seward in South Minneapolis. Come on, Come all!

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

Jan25

Private Guitar Lesson

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Jan20

Martin Luther King Celebration-Group Concert

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Saint Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419

This show presents a dazzling array of international sights and sounds by some of Minnesota's greatest vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers and poets. Curated by Bruce Henry and featuring T Mychael Rambo, Tomasina Petrus, Congolese musician Siama Matuzungidi, Chinese pipa master Gao Hong, the Naadha Rasa Center of Music, and the SJA choir among others. It will be a spellbinding musical tribute to the brave women, men and children who fight for justice, equality and freedom around the world.

stjoanevents@stjoan.com https://www.saintjoanofarc.org/