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

4Kids: Siama's Congo Music Trio

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Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Rd, Eagan, MN 55123

Bring the kids for a super fun show featuring Siama's feel-good African music. Siama plays acoustic guitar and traditional instruments like mbira and balafon, Tim plays really cool drums and Dallas encourages everyone to sing along in Kikongo, Swahili and English. You'll hear stories that bring Siama's rural Congolese childhood to life and the show will end with a fun dance party This program is especially for kids but enjoyed by everyone so don't miss it! (Special thanks to sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield for making this experience possible.)

Brunch w/ Siama's Afrobilly

Hell's Kitchen, 80 S 9th St, , Minneapolis, MN 55402

NOTE: Siama will NOT be playing Hell's Kitchen brunch on Aug 24 (but he plays the 4th Saturday of every month unless otherwise noted). 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

Aug21

PRIVATE EVENT

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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.

New London Music Festival

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Neer Park, SE Mill Street, 311 2nd Ave, New London, Minnesota 56273

Siama and Dallas are thrilled to perform with an exciting band at this popular music event! Keyboardist Steven Hobert, Drummer Kevin Washington & Bassist Greg Byers add gorgeous, energetic jazz-funk to Siama's traditional Congolese, rumba and soukous dance music. Come One Come All!

Aug15

Franklin Library Private Lessons

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4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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Blue Earth Community Library, 124 W 7th St, Blue Earth, MN 56013

Siama and Dallas encourage kids 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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Muir Library, 36 Main St N, Winnebago, MN 56098

Siama and Dallas encourage kids 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.)

Aug3

Little Africa Fest

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St Paul, MN

Siama, Dallas and Daryl Boudreaux are honored to play a 10-15 min set during this extra special event.

Aug1

Private: Franklin Library

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4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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Park Grove Library, Cottage Grove, 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.)

Brunch w/ Siama's Afrobilly

Hell's Kitchen, 80 S 9th St, , Minneapolis, MN 55402

NOTE: Siama will NOT be playing Hell's Kitchen brunch on Aug 24 (but he plays the 4th Saturday of every month unless otherwise noted). 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

4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Siama (on guitar and fun traditional African instruments like mbira & balafon), singer Dallas Johnson and percussionist Tim O'Keefe are so excited to play Siama's fun music with kids at Lake Harriet Bandshell! We'll encourage everyone to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and English while you hear fun stories from Siama's childhood in rural Bas Congo. It's totally free and we'll have a blast so don't miss it!

4Kids Siama's Congo Music

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Pine Island High School, 223 1st Ave SE, Pine Island, MN 55963

Siama and Dallas encourage kids 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.)