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Class Notes Concerts Preview: Siama’s Congo Roots

Siama's Congo Roots Trio (L to R): Dallas Johnson, Tim O'Keefe, Siama MatuzungidiCarlos Grados

September 02, 2021

Welcome to Class Notes Concerts!

After a year of Virtual Class Notes Concerts, YourClassical MPR is returning to the classroom with In-Person School Visits and Live Virtual Concerts. 

Each year, YourClassical MPR reaches tens of thousands of students across Minnesota through the Class Notes Concerts program. Designed to engage and inspire elementary students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of music.

For more information on booking a concert, check out our Class Notes Concerts 2021-2022 Artist Menu or contact

In the coming weeks, we will publish a Class Notes Concert Preview for each artist or ensemble. Find each preview on the YourClassical Music Lessons Page.

These previews will feature:

  • Audio and video of each ensemble/artist to use in the classroom or enjoy on your own.

  • Ideas, information, and activities to prepare students for an in-person concert or a Live Virtual Field Trip. This information can also be used as a reinforcement tool after students experience an in-person/live virtual concert or as a classroom resource. 

This Class Notes Concert preview features Siama’s Congo Roots. 

1. Begin by watching and listening to Siama’s Congo Roots perform a song that Siama wrote called Ko Yimbi Ko.

2. The first video featured several different instruments. In the next video, Tim will explain a little bit about some of the instruments he plays.

3. Siama comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is also called DRC. DRC is on the continent of Africa. Take a look on the map below to see where DRC is located.

Map of world with Congo highlighted
Wikimedia Commons

4. Next, watch Siama’s Congo Roots perform Yele Yele.

5. Find a few more resources about Siama’s Congo Roots here. Find some lesson plans and activity ideas for Siama’s Congo Roots here.

6. Want to learn more about Siama’s Congo Roots and their music? Book an in-person or Live Virtual Class Notes Concerts here, or contact for more information about Siama’s Congo Roots.