Kel Assouf means "from nostalgia" in Tamasheq language. The band was formed in 2006 by Anana Harouna, a Tuareg musician from Niger, when arriving in Brussels after a long exile. Since then he explored various styles and formulas gathering musicians from African and European countries. The band recorded three albums: three completely different stories, from tradition to deep rock.
Produced by Sofyann Ben Youssef, 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 one foot in the desert and the other in Europe, Anana sings about Sahara, Niger and Brussels. The melodies and rhythms are directly inspired by Berber music. His short sentences, laid on scales and rhythms from traditional kel tamasheq music, remind us the concision of Japanese haiku.
With a new minimalist power trio, surrounded by Olivier Penu on drums and Alan Van Rompuy on the keyboard, Anana Harouna's revolt against injustices is made explicit by the saturated voice of his guitar. The African trance rhythms melted into the energy of vintage rock move us to a dancefloor somewhere between London and Niamey - a powerful groove machine !
There is one thing Anana loves very much: sharing his poems with his fans during live streaming sessions on social media and in intimate concerts. He doesn’t need more than his voice and his guitar to express his message of peace and respect.
Picture by (c) Mael G. Lagadec