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

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).

“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

Watch this charming profile of Siama's life & music:

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

— Joe and Justin - The Okee Dokee Brothers

Previous events

Birmingham, AL School Programs hosted by Alys Stephens Center

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During their weeklong residency with Alys Stephens Center, Siama and Dallas are hosting school programs throughout the Birmingham area for K-3rd grade students who'll get to sing in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili, play percussion instruments, dance and hear fun stories about Siama's rural Congolese childhood in the Bas Congo region of DR Congo.

Their week culminates with a very special free family concert Fri, 9/28 6:30-7:30pm at ArtPlay House. Call to reserve seats in advance.

Pilgrimage Fest

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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 children's area of this incredibly special music festival. We'll be performing and also hosting a workshop.

1:30-2pm workshop: Mare Barn 4:30-5pm concert on the Lil Pilgrims Stage


4kids Siama & Dallas "Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam"

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Merriam Park Recreation Center, 2000 Saint Anthony Ave, St Paul, MN

Siama and Dallas are so happy to join "Playing Music with Kids"for an afternoon of fun on a sunny September day! Bring your young ones to sing in African languages, dance and play fun hand percussion instruments. The event is noon-4pm ( our set 2-2:45pm.)

Selby Jazz Festival

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Intersection of Selby and Milton Ave, St Paul, MN

Siama's excited to perform for this super special annual event which is so loved by so many. Bring the whole family and let's have a ball! Joining Siama will be an exciting band featuring Dallas Johnson (vocals), Jim Anton (bass), Sean Turner (keyboard) & Greg Schutte (drums).

This event is FREE. (There's an incredible lineup this year and a really fun kids' zone so bring the whole family and come for the whole day...11am-8pm!)

FEATURING: Selby Ave Brass Band's NOLA Procession Walker West Students MN Brass Band Nachito Herrera 3:15-4pm Siama's Congo Jazz Eliana McGrath From LA, the Lao Tizer Band

Free on-street parking is available throughout the neighborhood. You can also park in the JJ Hill Montessori Magnet School parking lot (Selby at Oxford).

Sponsored by (& located near) Golden Thymes Coffee Cafe.


Private Event Wedding

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