Kel Assouf means both nostalgia and son of eternity in Tamashek, the language of the Sahara nomads.
With one foot in the desert and the other in Europe, exiled musician Anana Harouna gathered musicians around him to sing about Sahara, Niger and Brussels. His short phrases similar to Japanese haiku spread a message of peace and respect.
After the album Tin Hinane (Igloomondo 2010), he started working with Tunisian producer Sofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou 08 and AMMAR 808) creating a distinctive tradi-modern sound that is both heavy and hypnotic.
With their album Tikounen (Igloomondo 2016) they turned into a heavy rock sound : bites of Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age mixed with African trance rhythms and Tuareg scales.
During summer 2017 Kel Assouf centered their efforts into an unconventional power trio. Drummer Olivier Penu and keyboard player Sofyann Ben Youssef – performing simultaneously moog bass lines and organ – support Anana Harouna’s vocals and guitar. Right to the point : joy and authenticity. They are working on a new album to be released in 2019.
Don’t miss them at this year’s Knockengorroch!