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

Feb13

Teach Elementary Classes/Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists

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Feb7

Teach Elementary Classes/Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists

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Feb6

Teach Elementary Classes/Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists

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Hooked on Books, and the Arts, too!

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Chanhassen High School, Chanhassen, MN

This event features author Kristin Tripathy from Victoria. Her two books focus on how despite speaking different languages, we can all communicate and be friends. One book is titled ‘My Friend, Mi Amigo’. Siama and Dallas will play a 1 hour set but there's more entertainment and fun on-deck throughout the entire event. Sponsored by Carver County Library.

Celebration at Soup For You

Bethel Lutheran Church basement, 2511 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Soup for You = delicious, hearty, abundant, fresh, organic multi-course meals served FREE every week day in this truly special community-celebrating gem. Join us for this very special celebration. (Siama might be on jury duty but we're hoping to be able to play during lunch time 11am-1pm. There's another awesome band and the food is always amazing.)

Jan30

Siama is on Jury Duty

Jan29

Siama is on Jury Duty

Jan28

Siama is on Jury Duty

Jan27

Siama is on Jury Duty

Siama's Congo Roots

Roseviile Library, Roseville, 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

Jan26

Siama is on Jury Duty

Jan25

Siama is on Jury Duty

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

Jan24

Siama is on Jury Duty

Jan23

Siama is on Jury Duty