Back in Africa, Siama (see-AW-mah) made his name recording hundreds of soukous hits. Now based in MN, he brings feel-good music to special events and kids' programs. Bio

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

We dig it! A great addition to the family music mosaic! Outstanding rhythms and performances. ”

— Joe and Justin - The Okee Dokee Brothers

The Land of Yangalele

Papa Siama with Auntie Dallas

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BIG NEWS!: Siama has a brand new kids' CD. These new songs, inspired by traditional Congolese music and rumba, will take you on a journey to, "The Land of Yangalele" ("Happiness" in Kikongo)

Composed, Performed and Produced by Siama Matuzungidi & Dallas Matuzungidi Johnson with drums by David Tullis

Engineered by Siama Matuzungidi Mixed by Steve Kaul of Wild Sound Studio Mastered by Greg Reierson/Rare Form

Cover Illustration by Kayla Harren Cd packaging artwork: Andrea LeHeup of Soleil NYC

Photos by Bill Trost, Diamana Komono & Dallas Matuzungidi Johnson

*When I'm Free includes contributions by the wonderful young men of Woodland Hills in Duluth, MN. Copyright 2017 / BMI - all rights reserved

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Download & print this fun coloring page, then upload to Instagram and tag #SiamaMusic.

Download & print this fun coloring page, then upload to Instagram and tag #SiamaMusic.

Exciting News! TPT/PBS' award-winning "Lowertown Line" just released this wonderful show about Siama's life & music. Check it out!


 Siama's "RIVERS - from the Congo to the Mississippi"
is a genre-spanning marvel.

Siama's infectious traditional Congolese music & soukous dance music is brimming with a surprising array of sounds: gospel harmonies, Indian Saraswati veena and singing, Tibetan singing and dranyen, pedal steel, cello & more. RIVERS is garnering attention the world-over.

"Siama has found elusive alchemy here. For all its bold collaborative forays, this album feels personal. With humor, candor and confident musical playfulness, Siama is reflecting on a life of motion and change, finding joy in his discoveries, but never losing a certain wistfulness for all that’s been left behind."
Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide

 

Rivers cd cover highres

Previous events

PRIVATE GUITAR LESSON

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4KIDS Siama & Dallas Yangalele CD Release Performance

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The Hook and Ladder, 3010 Minnehaha Ave , Minneapolis, MN 55406

Join Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas for a very special debut performance of songs from their new CD, "The Land of Yangalele"! There'll be live music, beautiful new puppets created especially for these songs by Sandy Spieler, fun dancing led by Akiko and more!...and it's all FREE! http://thehookmpls.com/

PRIVATE GUITAR LESSON

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4KIDS CD RELEASE PARTY for Yangalele!

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Global Market, 920 E Lake St , Minneapolis, MN 55407

Join Siama and Dallas to celebrate their new cd, "The Land of Yangalele". There'll be prizes, snacks, craft-making and LOTS MORE and it's all FREE! Yay! (This is the 1st of 2 CD shows. This one is a party with live music and the one at The Hook and Ladder on 4/15 will be the very special debut of their new program featuring songs from The Land of Yangalele.)

Apr12

Siama solo at HH Airport

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PRIVATE GUITAR LESSON

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Siama's Workshops

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Grand Marais Public Library, 104 2nd Avenue West , Grand Marais, MN 55604

Siama and his partner Dallas Johnson will present two very special interactive workshops using word and music. 1-2pm: Culture/History and Music of DR Congo (Learn about this fascinating country through the stories of Siama's experience growing up there.)

2-3pm: African Singing Class (Try classic African styles like yodeling and call and response as you sing fun, catchy songs in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili.)

Pilgrimage Fest TIMES TBD

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The Park at Harlinsdale, Franklin, TN

Siama and Dallas are super excited to bring fun Congolese music and stories to the Little Pilgrims area of this incredibly special music festival. We'll be performing and also hosting an "Instrument Petting Zoo". Check back for details.

PRIVATE GUITAR LESSON

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