Live Series of Afro-beat Evenings This December At The Sugar Club

November 30, 2021

Dynamic rhythms enliven the dark winter days this December at the Sugar Club with a three-part live series of Afro-beat Evenings from Improvised Music Company, Choice Cuts, and Dublin City Council.

Presented as part of Dublin City Council’s Live Local Performance Scheme supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media.

Venue: The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 1


Monday December 6th – Niwel Tsumbu’s Heartbeat & Special Guests

Monday December 13th – Yankari Afrobeat Collective. Support from Selu & the Living Things

Monday December 27th – Manden Express & Elikya

Tickets: Available soon from

Experience the rich musical world of Afrobeat with some of Ireland’s top musician – an exciting array of eclectic ensembles, integrating a wide range of influences.

Kicking off the series on the 6th December is Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu’s Heartbeat  with his own distinctive fusion of new jazz, rhumba, world, flamenco, rock, soukous and classical. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of some Special Guests in the line-up

On December 13th, Dublin favourites Yankari take the stage with rhythms, melodies and parables from their Yoruba and Igbo roots with vocal hooks delivered in pidgin-English – a sound reminiscent of the Afrobeat greats of the 60s and 70s. Fuji, Highlife, Juju, Afrobeat, Jazz and Funk form the foundation that the band build upon to create a 21st century heavy groove. Support from the arresting musicality of Selu & the Living Things.

Closing out 2021 with a bang, Manden Express’s explosive performance fuses traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire of what is now known as Mali, alongside infectious Afrobeat rhythms. The supergroup blends Kamele n’goni harp, Kora, djembe, and drums with Electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns. Support from Limerick’s Elikya – New School Congolese Rhymba Orchestra, with their hybrid blend of Rumba, Soukous and seben – entrancing lead guitar melodies atop a pulsating bed of rhythm.

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