Second album by Brussels based Touareg band Kel Assouf, available on vinyl and CD, released in coproduction with IglooMondo. Published by RFI Talent, France.
The Brussels group is back with a second album that will shake the Touareg scene even more. After detours towards Afrobeat, reggae and funk, Anana and the new team turn their attention to Led Zeppelin and today’s rock.
Kel Assouf means both “those with nostalgia” and “sons of eternity” in the Touareg language Tamasheq. The group came together around the exiled Touareg musician Anana Harouna in Brussels in 2006. From the beginning, Kel Assouf built its identity around two central ideas, the promotion of Touareg culture and the struggle against discrimination.
With this new album, “Tikounen” (surprise), Kel Assouf want to express the stupefaction and perplexity created by a world where war, injustice and pollution are running wild. With one foot in the desert and the other in the urban jungle, Anana writes about the Sahara, Niger and everyday life both there and in Europe.
Using short phrases similar to Japanese haikus, Anana sings his poetry about humanity and respect. The result is a powerful sound with trailing drums, precise guitar riffs and singing in Tamasheq. Since the first album “Tin Hinane” (IGLOOMONDO – 2010), Anana has introduced a new formation that has been completed by the arrival of Toulou Kiki, the protagonist from Abderrahmane Sissako’s film “Timbuktu”. She enriches the feminine tradition of the Touareg culture.
The Tunisian producer and musician Sofyann Ben Youssef brings new invigoration to Kel Assouf by creating a distinctive trad-modern sound. One can even talk of a hyper-modern sound on the edges of today’s Touareg music production. The African trance rhythms played by rock musicians transport us to a dancefloor somewhere between London and Niamey – a powerful groove machine!
Arranged, produced and recorded by Sofyann Ben Youssef
Backing vocals by Hama Bilalan and Toulou Kiki Bilal
Bass by Mathieu Mirol
Bendir by Ramzi Maaroufi and Sofyann Ben Youssef
Design by Cordi.be
Drums by Alex Rodembourg and Sam Gysel
Executive producer, artwork by Jan Hoozee
Karkabas by Abdelwahab Hakem
Keyboards by Sofyann Ben Youssef
Lead guitar by Aboubacar Harouna
Mastered by Frank Merritt
Mixed by Joël Grignard
Music, lyrics and lead vocals by Anana Harouna and Toulo Kiki Bilal
Oud by Moufadhel Adhoum
Percussion by Toulou Kiki Bilal
Photography by Fabienne Pennewaert
Recorded by Vincent Poujol
Rhythm guitar by Hama Bilalan, Mathieu Mirol and Sofyann Ben Youssef
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