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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
Best brunch in the city! - with delicious eats and drinks and Siama's infectious acoustic African music. Siama's Afrobilly is Siama, Dallas & Mikkel Beckmen (on washboard, stompbox & djembe).
Check out their FB page for tickets and info https://m.facebook.com/pg/Bountifield/posts/
This will be a super special event in Minneapolis! They'll feature Siama's music, dancing, food and much more, all in celebration of DR Congo. (Put this on your calendar and check back for time and details as the date nears.)
We're so excited for this one! it's totally free and there'll be a dance group plus our fun family music (so bring EVERYBODY!), all hosted by the Ordway as a way to get the word out about their annual Spring Flint Hills Family Festival. (Check The Ordway website or Facebook page for exact times and details once they pay the event.)
Siama's Afrobilly returns to our favorite downtown brunch spot! Siama and Dallas love playing here with Mikkel Beckmen on hand drums, washboard and other old timey delights. Come for the music, stay for the gorgeous food and bloody mary bar. https://www.hellskitcheninc.com/