BALCONYTV.COM 14/03/2007PRESENTED BY PAULINE FREEMANOver the last 50 years Central Africa has built itself an incredible reputation for giving birth to many of the Worlds greatest guitarists, and Congolese Niwel Tsumbu is a fitting ambassador to carry that torch forward into the 21st Century. Raised on the traditional Soukous and Rhumba music of his homeland he began playing from an early age and went on to study both jazz and classical guitar - enrolling secretly in a classical music school where he also studied saxophone for a year. The leader of several bands, including Sumu, Motema and Jazmu, all of whom played at many festivals around Ireland including The Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, The Bray Jazz Festival and Limerick Global Beats Festival Niwel is truly a musical innovator. With influences from far and wide, his elegant and fluent guitar playing draws from Niwel's past excursions with African rhythms, rumba, jazz, classical, and much more besides. Playing electric & acoustic guitars & singing mostly in his native 'Lingala', Niwel plays a range of music that stretches from contemporary versions of Congolese traditional music from the 1930s & 40s to modern Jazz. www.niweltsumbu.comwww.myspace.com/niweltsumbuNIWEL PERFORMS IN THE MOAT THEATRE IN CORK TONIGHT AND IN DUBLINS SUGAR CLUB TOMORROW NIGHT!!!Tune in tomorrow!!!