It’s such a complex, intricate multi-layered sound. You’d love to learn but you’ve no idea where to begin. You’re intrigued by the compelling chord voicings and traditional techniques but can’t find a way to translate what you’re hearing onto your own 6 strings. Maybe you’ve not got the time or money to spend the next 20 years travelling through the Congolese countryside tracking down clear resources that speak your language.
Just Learning By Ear Will Never Be Enough
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.
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.”
….. your entire musical repertoire with intricate, chromatic Sebene lines.
….. your playing with the 1970s fingerstyle plectrum combo octave technique.
….. Franco Luambo Makiadi’s interval approach down to the very last detail.
….. the Lead-Rhythm relationship to effortlessly blend into ensembles.
Register today and get immediate lifetime access to the following
Demystify generations of intricate Soukous & Sebene guitar parts and gain a lifetime of Congolese musical knowledge in just one hour with this in-depth, content-rich course.
Learning new skills is easier with our innovative, interactive tools. Access on-screen notation, tablature, animated fretboards, variable tempos, and more today.
Put your new techniques into practice and Jam on recordings by the World Music Method tutors over different African grooves including Soukous, Zouk and Afrobeat.
Take part in the next session live and receive immediate feedback and answers about anything Congolese music related from Niwel Tsumbu.
The bitter-sweet paradox of Congolese Rumba. Andy Morgan’s eBook details the gripping history of the countries main musical export.
Download Syran Mbenza’s tribute album to Franco Luambo Makiadi, one of Africa’s all time most influential musicians.
If you aren’t happy with your Congolese Guitar course, we’ll refund you within 30 days. There’s nothing to lose, and a lifetime of beautiful new music to gain.
Just pick up your guitar, sit down with Niwel, and start right now!