Learn about Congolese music and culture on a journey to Siama Matuzungidi's home in rural Democratic Republic of Congo, the dance halls of East Africa and beyond. Siama's guitar, thumb piano and singing will inspire you to dance, clap and sing along to catchy songs in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili. For ages 3–12.As a prolific composer and guitarist from DR Congo, Siama performed with many of the greats and was a sought-after studio musician, recording hundreds of popular songs during the golden era of soukous music in the 1970s–80s. His signature sound and commitment to innovation helped to fuel the popularization of soukous, also known as "the sound of happiness," which is ubiquitous on dance floors the world-over to this day.
Siama launched his solo career in 2014 from Minneapolis after being awarded a McKnight Fellowship, and now that he's running his own show, he's developed an acoustic format, a lot of new material is flowing, and he's collaborating with musicians of a wide array of backgrounds and instrumentation.
Thursday, July 12, 7–7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18, 10:30–11:15 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 6, 10:30–11:15 a.m.