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

Birmingham, AL School Programs hosted by Alys Stephens Center

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During their weeklong residency with Alys Stephens Center, Siama and Dallas are hosting school programs throughout the Birmingham area for K-3rd grade students who'll get to sing in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili, play percussion instruments, dance and hear fun stories about Siama's rural Congolese childhood in the Bas Congo region of DR Congo.

Their week culminates with a very special free family concert Fri, 9/28 6:30-7:30pm at ArtPlay House. Call to reserve seats in advance.

Birmingham, AL School Programs hosted by Alys Stephens Center

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During their weeklong residency with Alys Stephens Center, Siama and Dallas are hosting school programs throughout the Birmingham area for K-3rd grade students who'll get to sing in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili, play percussion instruments, dance and hear fun stories about Siama's rural Congolese childhood in the Bas Congo region of DR Congo.

Their week culminates with a very special free family concert Fri, 9/28 6:30-7:30pm at ArtPlay House. Call to reserve seats in advance.

Birmingham, AL School Programs hosted by Alys Stephens Center

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During their weeklong residency with Alys Stephens Center, Siama and Dallas are hosting school programs throughout the Birmingham area for K-3rd grade students who'll get to sing in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili, play percussion instruments, dance and hear fun stories about Siama's rural Congolese childhood in the Bas Congo region of DR Congo.

Their week culminates with a very special free family concert Fri, 9/28 6:30-7:30pm at ArtPlay House. Call to reserve seats in advance.

UAB’s "Arts in Medicine" presents

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UAB Hospital North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Join Siama and Dallas for an uplifting lunchtime journey to rural western DR Congo where you'll hear traditional Congolese music, rumba and soukous.

This week-long residency is the duo's first musical visit to Birmingham. They're hosting programs at area elementary schools and will present a very special free concert at ArtPlay House on Fri, Sept 28 6:30-7:30pm.

4Kids Siama & Dallas The Land of Yangalele

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Martin Luther King Library, 1611 Caffin Ave, New Orleans, LA

Join Siama and Dallas for a charming journey to "The Land of Yangalele" (meaning happiness in Kikongo). Sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili while hearing stories about the DR Congo of Siama's childhood. This program is enjoyed by people of all ages so come, join the fun! (Siama and Dallas are visiting all the way from Minneapolis, MN and this is their first-ever program in New Orleans.)

4kids Siama & Dallas The Land of Yangalele

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Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave, New Orleans, LA

Join Siama and Dallas for a charming journey to "The Land of Yangalele" (meaning happiness in Kikongo). Sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili while hearing stories about the DR Congo of Siama's childhood. This program is enjoyed by people of all ages so come, join the fun! (Siama and Dallas are visiting all the way from Minneapolis, MN and this day of 2-library programs will be their first-ever appearance in New Orleans.)

Hamline Elementary Fall Festival

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Hamline Elementary School, 1599 Englewood Avenue, St Paul MN 55104

Join Siama, Dallas & drummer Greg Schutte for a super fun set of Congolese music (We'll play 12:45-1:45pm.) during this action-packed neighborhood event! RAIN OR SHINE Entertainment, bouncy houses, fun & games, a bake sale, food for purchase, and more! Connect with community in support of this great elementary school. Admission is FREE.

Featuring Siama Matuzungidi and his band! https://www.facebook.com/events/205344180290036/

The festival will take place in the field behind the school (1599 Englewood Ave St Paul 55104); if it rains we'll move inside the adjoining Hancock Recreation Center.

http://www.hamlinemidway.org/fallfestival

Any proceeds from this event will be used to support "whole child" programming at Hamline Elementary School (a St. Paul Public School). (That means primarily music and art education, but considering the budget shortfall, we're helping in many areas as needed).

A co-production of the Hamline Elementary PTA and the Hancock Recreation Center - this event is sponsored by Hamline University, the Hamline Midway Coalition, Greg's PC Repair & Premium Inks, and Hagerman Dental Care. Further sponsorship is welcome!

Contact HamlineElementaryPTA@gmail.com or call 651-558-6290 For more information.

Oct10

TEACHING: UofW River Falls, WI

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Oct16

PRIVATE SCHOOL EVENT for Viva Musica

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