Rua Red & See Through Café Presents | Rhythms of Connection

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This event took place live online on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May 2020.

Rhythms of Connection

Join our virtual café for music and chat from our special guests Ines Khai, Niwel Tsumbu and Christie Kandiwa!

The See Through Café project is curated by visual artist Anca Danila, sociologist Evgeny Shtorn and Mother Tongues Festival curator Francesca La Morgia, presented in collaboration with Rua Red and supported by the South Dublin County Arts Office and Creative Ireland.

The See Through Café is a free and open space to meet new people who have an interest in art, diversity, community and who love to learn something new about places, people and creativity.

Meet the Artists

Ines Khai
“Ines Khai comes from Guadeloupe, which is a group of islands of the Eastern Caribbean sea. Her language is Creole and her songs are in Creole. They tell stories about living in exile, crossing oceans, taking new steps and living through the ups and downs of life. Her music is deeply rooted in the rich culture and the traditions of her country. The nu soul influence is very present on her first album BwaBwa (2008) while the ka drum from traditional Guadeloupean music is the heart of the music on her second album Amazòn La (2012). Today living in Ireland, she has created a solo repertoire with only guitar and voice to enhance the beautiful creole words and melodies. Her new album Pitit a Lanmè (Child of the sea, 2020) tells an intimate story about the sea and the ancestors. Ines is sure to seduce her audience with her incredible vocal range, her soulful voice and her unique guitar style.”
- David Manning

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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 Ó Maonlaí) appeared at the Festival of World Cultures and 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 D.F.F, and many more.


Christie Kandiwa
A poet and singer-songwriter, Christie Kandiwa was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Ireland. Her work is influenced by blending her Zimbabwean cultural heritage and her Irish upbringing and intertwines Southern-African myths and local languages and forms. As well as being published in Dedalus Press Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets Anthology, her work was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Versify 2019 and she was a panelist for the IASIL 2019 Conference event: “Are We Doing Diversity Justice?”. Most recently, she worked along with Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi in the production of See x Sea as part of the Mother of Tongues Festival which touched on elements of black womanhood, identity and themes of home.