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About Niwel Tsumbu’s Heartbeat

Dynamic rhythms enliven the dark winter days this December at the Sugar Club with a three-part live series of Afro-beat Evenings from Improvised Music Company, Choice Cuts, and Dublin City Council.

Presented as part of Dublin City Council’s Live Local Performance Scheme supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media.

Experience the rich musical world of Afrobeat with some of Ireland’s top musicians, an exciting array of eclectic ensembles, integrating a wide range of influences.

Kicking off the series on the 6th December is Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu’s Heartbeat with his own distinctive fusion of new jazz, rhumba, world, flamenco, rock, soukous and classical. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of some Special Guests in the line-up.

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Niwel Tsumbu’s Heartbeat with special guests.

Improvised Music Company, Choice Cuts and Dublin City Council welcome the exquisitely, fluent and elegant guitar player Niwel Tsumbu who draws from African rhythms, rumba, jazz, classical, flamenco and more.

Ensemble includes:

Niwel Tsumbu – guitar and vocals
Peter Erdei – bass
Diego Ramirez – drums
Éamonn Cagney – percussion.

“Niwel Tsumbu’s guitar playing was is short of exceptional” HotpressSince arriving in Ireland in 2004 from the Congo, Niwel Tsumbu has developed an enviable reputation as a masterfully elegant and fluent guitarist, vocalist, musician, collaborator and composer. He has performed with the finest Irish and international musicians while continuing to craft his own distinctive fusion of new jazz, rhumba, world, flamenco, rock, soukous and classical.

An exceptional talent who quickly became a prominent face on the Irish scene, having collaborated extensively with some of the most celebrated names in Irish Music such as Sinéad O’Connor, Liam O’Maonlaí, and Dónal Dineen, among others, as well as international stars such as Ma Xiaohui (composer of the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon soundtrack), Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, and Nigel Kennedy. He has released 2 albums to critical acclaim (“Songs of the Nations”, and “S’all Vibration”), and was funded by Cork City Council Arts Office to write a symphony known as ‘The Big Bang Symphony’ with The Clear Sky Ensemble, an assembled group of musicians from all over the world.

The list of artists that Niwel has performed with continues to grow with each year. Recently Niwel and Trasna (Mel Mercier, Liam O Maonlai) appeared at the Festival of World Culturesand in China at Expo 2010 alongside Xiaohui Ma. Niwel has shared the stage with Baaba Maal and played concerts in his native Congo and Paris. His performances of ‘Electric Counterpoint’ at The Reich Festival in front of composer Steve Reich and at Kilkenny Arts Festival were a triumph.

He continues to collaborate with leading DJ Donal Dineen on his Parish live act, the Crash Ensemble, composer Roger Doyle, Eamon Cagney’s Treelan ensemble, Dave Flynn’s DFF, and many more.

Our audience’s safety is our primary concern and we will be fully compliant with any government guidelines around event safety.

If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 please do not attend this event.

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Monday 6th December 2021
7.30pm – 10.30pm

General Admission – €10.00
+ Booking Fee

Table of 4 – €50.00
+ Booking Fee – Table Assigned on Entry

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