Teaching Artists Siama’s Congo Roots recently visited Skyview Community Middle School and took students on a trip to through the DR Congo! COMPAS intern Melissa Moua stepped into the creative magic and took some time to reflect on the experience. Read all about it in this week’s blog!
Through the deep richness and musical tunes of Siama Matuzungidi and Dallas Johnson, they unraveled the natural beauty of the Congolese.
With passion and enthusiasm, they performed songs representative to Congolese folkways. As mentioned by Siama, because of the loud volume of the balafon instruments, they’re not only used to musically perform within villages, but were a means to communicate across villages.
This is one example of music serving as a conduit to creating a collective of individuals through embracing one’s culture. It wasn’t just a musical performance; it was a fresh window into another side of the historical and cultural implications of Congo from first-hand experiences.
In between performances, Siama and Dallas would share personal stories of living in Congo and introduced fascinating information about the society’s dynamics and values. This showed the importance of enjoying the astounding sounds, but also openly understanding the context of their culture – seeing how things intertwine to create a movement of empowerment.