Siama & Dallas Johnson host lively interactive kids' programs, African singing classes and Songwriting classes
4KIDS: SIAMA'S CONGO MUSIC - a LIVELY, HANDS-ON AFRICAN MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
Siama and Dallas host a 0-5 library/daycare program and school programs for early elementary, middle school or high school Kids begin by greeting each other in a variety of languages, then sing along to catch songs in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili. They hear fun stories about Siama's rural childhood in DR Congo and every class ends with playing shakers and dancing.
In the school program, students delve deeper into learning by practicing traditional Congolese style like breathing from the diaphragm in order to produce the big African vocal sound, how to yodel Congolese-style and how to sing in the call-and-response style of the Mbaka people.
4KIDS: SIAMA'S INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO
Interactive performance/Jam for Kids and Families
This is a great fit for events and festivals with a roving-type format. As Siama and Dallas play and sing catchy songs, kids and their families can pop by to grab a fun percussion instrument to sing and play along.
Schools . Libraries . Family Days . Special Events . Festivals . Conferences
Workshops . Theaters . Galleries . Nursing Homes . Health Facilities
Feedback from a MN Librarian: "Such a GREAT event! Siama is an amazing musician and Dallas did such a fabulous job of helping kids understand what it is like to step off a plane in the heart of Africa for the first time. . . Loved the fact that they engaged the kids in singing and dancing. These events that are interactive are so much more educational and impactful that those that are straight performances! A big, big, big thumbs up!"
ORDWAY CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS
Dayna Martinez, Artistic Director - Int'l Children’s Festival
“It’s truly inspiring to see Siama work with children. He not only shares his great musical talent, but also generously provides the opportunity to creatively express themselves through music.”
MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE of ART
KATIE WILDFONG, Family & Team Programs
"Siama and Dallas put together a sensational show for people of all ages. Their music is unique, joyful, and utterly irresistible, and their love for both music and for people shows through in everything they do. Truly a delight to work with!"
MACPHAIL CENTER for MUSIC
Ivory Doublette, Early Childhood Music Department
“I’ve never been to the Congo, but after having Siama perform for our Early Childhood concert series, I feel like I got the chance to live there! I am so grateful for the time and care they took to put together a program that would not only entertain but educate and engage our children and their families.”
Casey Patrick, Americorp Promise Fellow
"Siama and Dallas provided a wonderfully engaging performance at our Family Art Day event. Children were encouraged to try out the instruments, play along and learn more about the history of different cultures and musical traditions. A perfect way to reach all ages!"
COLLABORATIVE SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS
Siama and Dallas encourage participants through a series of brainstorming and freewriting exercises in order to compose songs on a chosen theme. The new songs can be incorporated into a performance, a recording or both.
This can be a transformative experience for:
- people who'd like to experiment with a new form of self-expression
- groups who'd like to increase their synergy with each other
- people interested in writing new music for a performance
Contact us to explore possibilities.