‘Exceptional’ Congolese guitarist to play Galway

CONGOLESE MUSICIAN Niwel Tsumbu and his band Song Of The Nations are coming to Galway to play two dates - Friday February 19 in the Róisín Dubh and Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, on Saturday 20.

The band are Niwel Tsumbu (guitar/vocals ), Hungary’s Peter Erdei (bass ), Irishman Eamonn Cagney (percussion ), Germany’s Kathryn Doehner (violin ), and Cuban Frailan Moran Mendive (percussion ) and they have been causing a serious stir of late.

The Irish Times said: “Antidotes to the recession don’t come much more potent than this...Niwel takes his audience on a journey of discovery that traverses the peaks and troughs of life’s unpredictable terrain with startling precision. He gives full rein to a sweep of syncopated rhythms that have many punters grasping and gasping to keep up.”

Hot Press declared: “Tsumbu’s guitar playing is nothing short of exceptional and the wall of sound that hits you once you press play is infectious. If you’re one of the many unfortunate ones who can’t afford a holiday this year, pick up Song Of The Nations and experience the world from the comfort of your armchair.”

Since his arrival in Ireland from the Congo in ‘04, Niwel has developed a reputation as an elegant and fluent guitarist, vocalist, and composer. His ability to vividly blend African rhythms, rumba, new jazz, and classical flamenco, has gained him ardent admirers all over Ireland.

His album Song Of The Nations is available to from iTunes, Emusic.com, and Amazon. See also www.niweltsumbu.com and www.myspace.com/niweltsumbu The Róisín Dubh gig takes place upstairs at 8.30pm. Tickets are available from the Róisín Dubh and Zhivago. The Inis Oírr show starts at 8.30pm. For bookings contact 099 - 75150 or email [email protected]

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