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A Congolese guitarist will perform at Hokah City Park later this month.

Siama, who toured the world and helped record hundreds of radio hits from 1971-95 will perform “Music of the Congo” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Hokah City Park. The event is sponsored by the Hokah Public Library and is made possible by Minnesota Library Legacy Funds.

A rain location will be at the Hokah Public Library.

Siama, now based in Minneapolis, was awarded a McKnight Fellowship in 2014, received a grant to release a critically-acclaimed album in 2016 and he used another grant to create a kids’ album in 2017.

Siamia’s music combines elements of traditional Congolese music and sounds from East African dance floors, and he adds familiar elements from Delta Blues, reggae and calypso. He can tailor his program for any age group. He enlisted Dallas Johnson to make the programs engaging and interactive.

Together, they tell Siamia’s stories about growing up in rural Congo and everyoe’s encouraged to play African hand percussion and sing along in Kikongo, Swahili and Lingala.

The Hokah Public Library Welcomes Siama’s Music of the Congo 6pm on June 20th at the Hokah City Park. This event is free to the public and is made possible by Minnesota Library Legacy Funds. (Rain location will be at the Hokah Public Library.)

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