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Kel Assouf

Kel Assouf

Feb 17th 2017 @ N9

Eeklo, Belgium
I Was There
Friday, February 17th, 2017
7:00 PM
Eeklo, Belgium
Brussels based Touareg band Kel Assouf is back with a second album Tikounen that will shake the music scene worldwide. Their heavy rock sound – reminding us ofBlack Sabbath and Queens of the Stone Age – mixed with African trance rhythms, grinding guitars, vintage keys and the voice of Toulou Kiki is unheard. With the new album Tikounen, which means astonishment, Kel Assouf expresses feelings of perplexity and rage towards a world in which war, injustice and pollution are omnipresent. With one foot in the dessert and the other in Europe, Anana Harouna, leader of the band, sings about the Sahara, Niger and Europe. With guitars and a wall of sound Kel Assouf wants to suffocate the sound of missiles and rockets. For the production of Tikounen, Anana started working with Tunisian producer and musicianSofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou08) creating a distinctive tradi-modern sound – some call it a hyper-modern sound – that is both heavy and hypnotic. The new formation is further composed of bass player Mat Mirol, drummer Olivier Penu and singer Toulou Kiki, leading actress in Abderrahmane Sissako’s film Timbuktu, who enriches the band with a vital female element typical of the Tuareg culture.

Anana Harouna – voice, guitar
Toulou Kiki Bilal – voice, percussion
Sofyann Ben Youssef – keys
Mathieu Mirol – bass
Olivier Penu – drums