Siama's Congo Music - Happy music from the Heart of Africa

Siama leads a variety of performance groups. If you know what you want, let us know! If you'd like 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 he recently added mbira (thumb piano), hearkening back to the traditional music of his youth. (Great background music for dinners, art openings, etc.)
       



  
  
Siama & Dallas (aka Papa Siama and Tantine Dallas) - for kids
Siama and Dallas Johnson's voices were made for each other and their joy is infectious as they perform and encourage everyone to sing along.

 





 
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, resulting in an uplifting and spirited tapestry filled with lush textures and dramatic nuance. 
(Perfect for theatres and special venues.)

 
Marimba Africa (click for more info)
Specializing in the infectious soukous music ubiquitous on East African dance floors, this five-piece veteran African ensemble also performs popular hits in other styles like Ghanian High Life, Haitian Zouk and Compas and Caribbean soca and reggae.
(Super engaging family-friendly dance music for festivals and special events.)

 
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 folk music.
(Great for pubs, festivals and folk venues)

 


Siama's Congo Jazz
This five-piece jazz band bring a lifetime of finesse and experience (and funk!) to Siama's music, wowing jazz lovers and World Music fans alike.
(The video shown to the right includes a number of genre-spanning special guests who performed with the band during Siama's recent CD release concert.)
(terrific option for jazz venues and events)


Siama's Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids)
Siama and Dallas bring lots of fun percussion instruments so young kids and their families can play along as they tell fun stories about growing up in rural DR Congo and encourage everyone to sing simple, happy songs.
(highly interactive addition to events, festivals and block parties)
Siama & Dallas (Minneapolis Institute of Art - Family Arts Day)

Siama & Dallas (Minneapolis Institute of Art - Family Arts Day)

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 (yes, yodeling!) 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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