Kel Assouf means both “nostalgia” and “son of eternity” in Tamashek, the language of the Sahara nomads.
In 2006 the group gathered around exiled Nigerian musician Anana Harouna. After the album “Tin Hinane” (Igloomondo 2010), Anana started working with Tunisian producer and musician Sofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou08) creating a distinctive tradi-modern sound – some call it a hyper-modern sound – that is both heavy and hypnotic. In 2016 they released "Tikounen" (Igloomondo).
2019, a new adventure with Glitterbeat Records: Black Tenere
“A power trio with rock guitar firmly in the spotlight … A varied, mature an inspired result.” **** Mojo
Produced by Sofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou 08, AMMAR 808) the 2019 album ‘Black Tenere’ on multi-award winning label Glitterbeat is a milestone: African trance rhythms melted into the energy of vintage rock bring a significant new vibration in desert music. With his new minimalist power trio, including Sofyann Ben Youssef on the organ and Moog SUB 37, and Olivier Penu on drums, Anana Harouna goes straight to the point. His revolt against injustice is made explicit by the saturated voice of his guitar, as a support for his militant lyrics.
As far as we can go back through the history of the Tuaregs – a name that has been added to them, themselves preferring “Kel Tamashek” – we find the struggles of a people to preserve their nomadic status, free of borders.
This album is entirely infused with an energy that never sleeps; that of the revolution against oppressions and injustices, be it in the time of colonialism, or today, through a much more insidious seizure (but well real). That of the multinationals who come to extract the precious raw materials essential to the comfort of Western societies, to the detriment of the local populations.
Life in the desert is a constant reminder of the values of the Kel Tamashek people, and therefore a philosophy of the essential that sounds like a teaching. Ariyal: To you materialist, when you lose all your markers, fade back to square one.
MAIN PAST PERFORMANCES
Global Copenhagen DK ~ WOMAD Charlton Park UK ~ WOMAD Gran Tarajal ES ~ Sfinx Mixed BE ~ Dour Festival BE ~ New Morning Paris FR ~ Richmix London UK ~ Ancienne Belgique Brussels BE ~ Couleur Café Brussels BE ~ Islamico Festival Mertola PT ~ WOMEX 2018
Picture by (c) Mael G. Lagadec