Siama's Congo Music - Feel-good sounds from the Heart of Africa

Siama performs in a variety of configurations, from solo to small combo and even a big genre-spanning jazz band. If you know what you want, let us know! If you want help deciding, tell us about your event and we'll recommend the best option.
 

Siama's Solo Guitar & Mbira
Siama's known for his melodic, catchy hooks and intricate guitar style and his entrancing mbira (thumb piano) which hearkens back to the traditional music of his youth. (Great background music for dinner, art openings, etc.)
       



  
  

Siama & Dallas  (for kids or families)

Siama and singer/storyteller Dallas Johnson's voices were made for each other and their joy is infectious as they perform and encourage everyone to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili. (Engaging, participatory program for libraries, schools, festivals and events)


 


Siama's Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids)

A fun African jam session. Kids/families play percussion instruments and sing happy songs in African languages 
(highly interactive, great for festivals and block parties)





 
Featuring Siama, Dallas, global music drummer Tim O'Keefe and renowned cellist Jacqueline Ultan, this quartet creates a unique fusion by blending a colorful palette of musical influences with Siama's traditional Congolese music. 
(perfect for theatres and special venues)

 

Marimba Africa (click for more info)
This veteran five-piece veteran African ensemble specializes in infectious dance music like Soukous, Ghanian High Life, Haitian Zouk and Compas and Caribbean soca and reggae. (Fun, family-friendly dance music for festivals and events)

 


Siama's Congo Jazz

This jazz band (5+ musicians) wows jazz lovers and World Music fans. (a terrific option for jazz venues and events)
The video on the right features the group with genre-spanning special guests.

Siama's Afrobilly Trio
Featuring Siama and Dallas with Mikkel Beckmen on American Traditional instruments like washboard which adds a fun, old time American flavor to Siama's Congolese music. (a great fit for festivals and folk venues)


 
Siama & Dallas clownin' at Can Can Wonderland

Siama & Dallas clownin' at Can Can Wonderland

Kids singing with Dallas and Siama's Instrument Petting Zoo at Intermedia Arts

Kids singing with Dallas and Siama's Instrument Petting Zoo at Intermedia Arts

WORKSHOPS

Congolese Singing
Siama and Dallas love teaching how to sing the Congolese way because it feels so good! Learn to breathe deeply from the diaphragm to produce a big, uninhibited vocal sound, try emulating Siama's unique yodeling style and sing in the call-and-response style of the Mbenga people from Eastern DR Congo. 

Songwriting
Siama is a prolific composer with an effortless approach and Dallas has a lifetime of experience writing songs. Enlist them to help your group write a song together in order to mark a special occasion, to celebrate a milestone or to build a sense of community through collaborating on a song together.

When I perform, I want people to feel they’re traveling to Africa with us so they can feel really happy and see how welcoming our culture is. Music is a gift to the world and it’s so wonderful to sing and celebrate together.”

— Siama

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