A prolific composer and guitarist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Siama Matuzungidi spent his early career performing with major African music stars, including Kanda Bongoman, Sam Mangwana, and Samba Mapangala. A sought-after studio musician, Siama recorded hundreds of popular songs during the golden era of soukous music in the ‘70s and ‘80s and toured Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. His signature sound and commitment to innovation helped fuel the popularization of soukous ("the sound of happiness"), which is still widely enjoyed on dance floors worldwide.
In Grand Marais, Siama will perform in concert with his Congo World Quartet. Featuring Siama, singer Dallas Johnson, global music drummer Tim O'Keefe, and renowned cellist Jacqueline Ultan, the quartet creates a unique fusion by blending a colorful palette of musical influences with Siama's traditional Congolese music. The result is an uplifting tapestry filled with lush textures and dramatic nuance.
General seating $15 adults, $5 youth (18 & under)
Advance tickets at aca.tix.com (no fees) or box office night of show