Kel Assouf – Niger

Psychedelic Desert Blues from Niger via Brussels.

Tuareg influences fuse with heavy rock guitars and keyboard solos in full-tilt songs about love, hypocrisy and exile.

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.

Produced by Sofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou 08, AMMAR 808) the 2019 album ‘BlackTenere’ 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.

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.


Roots Stage

Saturday 4 June 2022

Available 1st March

Available 15th April

More info soon