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Improvised Music Company, ChoiceCuts & Dublin City Council

Afrobeat Series: Niwel Tsumbu’s Heartbeat & 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.

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

Venue: The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 1
Date: Monday, 6th December, The Sugar Club, Leeson Street
Tickets: Available shortly from

Ensemble includes;
Niwel Tsumbu - guitar and vocals
Peter Erdei - bass
Diego Ramirez - drums
Éamonn Cagney - percussion.

“...Tsumbu’s guitar-playing is a thing of joy...” Hotpress

Since 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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