Congolese Guitar Evolution


Reinvent your repertoire learning awesome Congolese guitar licks to performance standard in just 30 days or your money back.

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Captivating Sound Of Congolese Guitar?

This course profiles all of the greatest and most influential Congolese guitarists that shaped the genre of Sebene and teaches you their guitar lines with a step-by-step and clear instruction.

Learn and understand the iconic approaches from Franco Luambo Makiadi, Roxy Thsimpaka, Popolipo Beniko, Alain Makaba, Pépé Felly Manuaku and more.

You won’t just learn how to replicate a Congolese guitar line verbatim but will understand how to develop an authentic African feel whilst creating your own guitar lines which could confidently be performed with an ensemble.

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The Congolese Guitar Curriculum


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Module 1 - The Importance Of Sebene - 16.39
Module 2 - Developing Your Congolese Repertoire - 22.48
Module 3 - Combining Your New Skills - 18.39
Module 4 - Studying Alain Makaba - 11.31
Module 5 - Studying Roxy Thsimpaka - 16.37
Module 6 - Studying Popolipo Beniko - 7.34
  • Popolipo Beniko – The Most Popular Sebene Line Ever 4.37
  • Learning The Second Part 2.57
Module 7 - Studying Niwel Tsumbu - 12.44
  • Niwel Tsumbu – Modern Sebene 5.53
  • Applying The Variation 6.51
Module 8 - Studying Crispin Ngoy - 10.35

The Ultimate Learning Experience

what’s included on your journey

African Backing Tracks

congolese guitar evolution – deluxe

2 hours of detailed lessons teaching you how to be an expert in the Congolese guitar styles; Soukous, Sebene and Rumba taught by the Grammy award winning virtuoso Niwel Tsumbu.

Learn Folk Guitar With Interactive on-screen notation

interactive on-screen notation

Learning new skills is easier with our innovative, interactive tools. Access on-screen notation, tablature, virtual fretboards, slow motion and more.

African Bass Guitar With Live Masterclass And Q&A

niwel tsumbu – masterclasses

Take your Congolese guitar study even further with over 3 hours of detailed masterclasses led by Niwel Tsumbu.

Congolese Rumba - Sebene Heaven

african backing tracks

Put your new techniques into practice and jam over traditional African grooves so you can develop your own authentic feel and be confident playing in a variety of new styles.

African Bass Guitar With Live Masterclass And Q&A

sebene heaven – ebook

The bitter-sweet paradox of Congolese Rumba. Andy Morgan’s eBook details the gripping history of the countries main musical export.

Congolese Rumba - Sebene Heaven

franco immortal – album

Download Syran Mbenza’s tribute album to Franco Luambo Makiadi, one of Africa’s all time most influential musicians.

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Become Fluent in Sebene Guitar

Register today and get immediate lifetime access to the following

The African Bass Guitar Masterclass

congolese guitar evolution – 2 hour online course


interactive on-screen notation


masterclass recordings – 3 hours


african backing tracks


sebene heaven – ebook


franco immortal – album download


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Learn Congolese Guitar

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If you aren’t happy with your African Guitar course, we’ll refund you within 30 days. There’s nothing to lose, and a lifetime of beautiful new music to gain.

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Lessons From A Soukous Guitar Specialist

Learn Congolese Guitar With Niwel Tsumbu

Let the World Music Method set you on the right road. Take it easy, take it slow, build your confidence and master the art. Explore the vibrant roots and invigorating rhythms of Sebene with one of its most accomplished practitioners.

Back in the day, Niwel Tsumbu was borrowing bits of fishing line and bike cable to build his guitars. Now he’s performed the world over with the likes of Buena Vista Social club, Natty Wailer and Baaba Maal. He’s recorded with Sinead O’Connor, Nigel Kennedy and Michael O’Suilleabhgin. He’s even written a symphony for the radical 20-piece Surge Orchestra.

From Irish folk to jazz, classical, rock and flamenco, Niwel’s story is one of cross-genre, cross-cultural exploration, improvisation, collaboration and integration. But with this session he’ll take you right back to the fundamental rhythms of his African roots, bedded in Soukous, Sebene and Rumba. Where it all began. Niwel is a real one-off. Don’t miss the chance to benefit from learning with this master musician.

Sebene Guitar Will Seem Simple

In Niwel’s own words: “In the course, I’ll refer to arpeggios, intervals and modes. It’s where all these guitar lines come from. It sounds complex, but it’s all based on simple theory. I never understood much of it myself, and then one day it clicked.”

“I’ve planned these lessons to short-cut all that effort. I’ve broken everything down so that anyone, from any musical background, can quickly pick up the basics, then hone their skills, even if they don’t have any previous experience or knowledge of African music. There’s notation, tabs, and lots of exercises at all kinds of tempos so you can learn at your own pace, in your own way. This is my people’s music. The music of my ancestors and my nation.”

“It’s a real honour to share it with you.”

Online Guitar School

….. your entire musical repertoire with intricate,  chromatic Sebene lines.

Sebene Guitar - Course Features

….. your playing with the 1970s fingerstyle plectrum combo octave technique.

Play Congolese Guitar Online

….. Franco Luambo Makiadi’s interval approach down to the very last detail.

Congolese Guitar Course

….. the Lead-Rhythm relationship to effortlessly blend into ensembles.

Become Sebene Guitar Confident

The African Bass Masterclass

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