Kel Assouf means both « nostalgia » and « son of eternity » in Tamashek, the language of the Sahara nomads. In 2006 the group gathered around exiled Nigerian musician Anana Harouna. With one foot in the desert and the other in Europe, Anana Harouna sings about Sahara, Niger and Brussels. His short phrases similar to Japanese haiku spread a message of peace and respect. During summer 2017 Kel Assouf centered their efforts into an unconventional power trio. Drummer Olivier Penu and keyboard player Sofyann Ben Youssef (Ammar 808) – performing simultaneously moog bass lines and organ – support Anana Harouna’s vocals and guitar. Right to the point : joy and authenticity. « Black Tenere », Kel Assouf’s third album has been released on Glitterbeat records.