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

Oct18

Private (Songwriting Workshop)

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4Kids Siama's Congo Music

Saint Peter Public Library, 601 S. Washington Ave, Saint Peter, MN 56082

Siama and Dallas' library show is brimming with fun Congolese music. Everyone's encouraged to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and English while hearing fun stories that bring Siama's rural Bas Congo childhood to life. This is a rare opportunity to be immersed in happy African music at your library so don't miss it! (This program is Free Admission and it's designed especially for kids but loved by audiences of all ages.)

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.

Oct15

Teach Elementary Classes/Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists

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Siama & Mike Munson

Ed's No Name, Winona, MN

Siama and Dallas are delighted to return to Winona to play with picking guitar phenom Mike Munson! Check back for more details.

Siama's Congo Music

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Winona Public Library, 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987

Join Siama and Dallas for a musical adventure to Africa! Siama sings and plays guitar and traditional African instruments like Mbira & Balafon while Dallas encourages everyone to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and English. Kids get to play shakers and the show ends with a fun dance song. This program is designed especially for kids and families but enjoyed by all so don't miss it!

Oct10

Teach Elementary Classes/Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists

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Oct8

Teach Elementary Classes/Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists

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Oct4

Teach Elementary Classes/Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists

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Live on KFAI radio

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KFAI 90.3

Tune into Harold's show to catch Siama, Mikkel Beckmen and Dallas Johnson, playing upbeat Congolese music.

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

Ely Public Library, 224 E Chapman St, Ely, MN

Thanks to a MN State Arts Board grant and COMPAS, Siama and Dallas are bringing fun Congolese music to libraries throughout the Arrowhead Library System! Kids and families will be encouraged 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.)