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.

October 2011 sees the release of Niwel Tsumbu’s 3rd album ‘S’ALL VIBRATION’ with a nationwide Irish tour – (see Concerts). The album was recorded in the spring of 2011 in Dublin and it marks a departure for Niwel and his band as he embraces fresh sounds and ideas - “I feel this will be my best album so far. The theme is about being in balance with yourself and the universe. The songs speak of nature, love, happiness and the history of the Congo River. It's really about awakening your inner self through vibration - S'all vibration! Everything is different to the last two albums I have made. The instrumentation is completely altered as it is electric with only one acoustic song and overall it’s much more upbeat The live tour will be amazing as my band and I are rehearsing a lot so that we perform to the maximum. I can’t wait!”

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 Cultures and 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

Niwel is enjoying a year-long residency throughout 2011 with composer Roger Doyle at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray. He continues to collaborate with leading DJ Donal Dineen on his Parish live act including concerts at Body & Soul and Electric Picnic festivals (see Music for concert footage). Niwel will also be touring with Gavin Friday in winter 2011 on his European dates.



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