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. 

Siama's in-person events are cancelled until further notice (due to Covid 19) but use this form to inquire about livestreams or videos. 

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

— Joe and Justin - The Okee Dokee Brothers

Previous events

Canceled Young Authors Conference

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Staples Campus, Staples, MN

Siama & Dallas are thrilled to return to this incredible event once again! Students from all over the region spend the day learning how to compose stories, develop characters and get published from some of the greatest authors in MN)and we get play for them throughout the day. What a blast.

Canceled Young Authors Conference

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Staples Campus, Staples, MN

Siama & Dallas are thrilled to return to this incredible event once again! Students from all over the region spend the day learning how to compose stories, develop characters and get published from some of the greatest authors in MN)and we get play for them throughout the day. What a blast.

CANCELED Music in the Atrium

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Regions Hospital Atirum, St. Paul, MN

Siama & Dallas love playing calming, happy music in the sunny atrium of Regions Hospital. Sink into a cozy chair and listen as you enjoy your lunch break.

Canceled until further notice Brunch w/ Siama's Afrobilly

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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

Canceled until further notice Brunch w/ Siama's Afrobilly

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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

Canceled until further notice Brunch w/ Siama's Afrobilly

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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

Siama's Congo Roots

Westcot Library, 1340 Wescott Rd, Eagan, MN 55123

Feel-good sounds from the Heart of Africa On this very special musical journey to Africa, Siama plays guitar and fascinating traditional instruments like Mbira and Balafon while Dallas Johnson encourages everyone to sing along to happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala & English and shares stories that bring Siama's rural homeland to life. Kids will have a chance to play shakers and the show ends with a fun dance party. This program is especially designed for kids and families but it's enjoyed by everyone so don't miss it!

Live music series

Hanifl Fields Athletic Park, 7032 137th St N, Hugo, MN 55038

Siama and Dallas are excited to perform in the park for the local library and the City of Hugo. Sweet, happy Congolese songs, harmonies and Siama's masterful acoustic guitar, mbira and balafon will make this an evening to remember. Bring the whole family (and a blanket or lawn chairs).

Siama's Congo Roots

Crooked Lake Library, Coon Rapids, MN

Feel-good sounds from the Heart of Africa On this very special musical journey to Africa, Siama plays guitar and fascinating traditional instruments like Mbira and Balafon while Dallas Johnson encourages everyone to sing along to happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala & English and shares stories that bring Siama's rural homeland to life. Kids will have a chance to play shakers and the show ends with a fun dance party. This program is especially designed for kids and families but it's enjoyed by everyone so don't miss it

Siama's Congo Roots

Mapleton Public Library, 104 1st Ave NE, Mapleton, MN 56065

Feel-good sounds from the Heart of Africa: On this very special musical journey to Africa, Siama plays guitar and fascinating traditional instruments like Mbira and Balafon while Dallas Johnson encourages everyone to sing along to happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala & English and shares stories that bring Siama's rural homeland to life. Kids will have a chance to play shakers and the show ends with a fun dance party. This program is especially designed for kids and families but it's enjoyed by everyone so don't miss it!

Siama's Congo Roots

Lake Crystal Public Library, 100 E Robinson St, Lake Crystal, MN 56055

Feel-good sounds from the Heart of Africa: On this very special musical journey to Africa, Siama plays guitar and fascinating traditional instruments like Mbira and Balafon while Dallas Johnson encourages everyone to sing along to happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala & English and shares stories that bring Siama's rural homeland to life. Kids will have a chance to play shakers and the show ends with a fun dance party. This program is especially designed for kids and families but it's enjoyed by everyone so don't miss it!

Bands on the Boulevard

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MN History Center

We're excited to be part of this very special (free!) outdoor concert series on the lawn outside the MN History Center. For "Bands on the Boulevard", Siama's bringing his trusty guitar and traditional African instruments like mbira and balafon and he's bringing a groovin' 5-piece band that features Dallas Johnson (vocals & hand percussion), Steven Hobert (keyboard), Greg Byers (bass) & Luke Rivard (bass). Check back (or check the MN History Center's website) for more info as the date draws near.

TBA

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