ZASKA :: Ensemble


RiZA is the latest project by the dynamic Congolese guitarist/singer Niwel Tsumbu. “A truly exceptional guitarist” allaboutjazz

After a decade in Ireland, Tsumbu is well known for his versatility and virtuosity, having played and collaborated with the likes of Sinead O’Conor, Glen Hansard, Liam O’Maonlai, Baaba Maal, Donal Lunny, Donal Dineen and many more.

RiZA features Niwel’s long-time collaborator Eamonn Cagney (of Treelan) on percussion, Emma Garnett (Feather) and Sallay Garnett (Loah) on vocals, and Paddy Groenland (Ensemble Ériu, Manden Express) on guitar. Their debut album is due later this year.

RiZA is a celebration of life and an exploration of space, weaving the rich tapestry of African rhythms with contemporary pop music’s harmony and composition, and drawing inspiration from our solar system and the space time continuum.

Welcome to RiZA.

About Niwel Tsumbu

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.

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.

2015 sees the launch of his new band and project RiZA, with a debut album forthcoming later this year.

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