Out of nostalgia and the loneliness of the desert, Brussels based band Kel Assouf builds music around the Touareg Tamashek culture and the fight against discrimination. Kel Assouf brings songs about life in exile and about freedom, peace and respect for all peoples in the world.
Key figure Aboubacar ‘Anana’ Harouna, a fledged tamasheq from Niger, speaks with his guitar, and uses it as a means to claim his rights without bloodshed. With one foot in the desert and the other in the urban jungle, Anana writes about events from the Sahara to here.
After their first album ‘Tin Hinane’ (which appeared on IglooMondo in 2010) and their second album ‘Tikounen’ (on Igloo/Zephyrus), Kel Assouf evolved into a new sound. Tunisian producer Sofyann Ben Youssef immersed the band in a surprisingly contemporary production and sound on ‘Black Tenere’, ust released on the international Glitterbeat label, which expresses a cry of impotence against violence, injustice and pollution in the world.
The result? Desert rock with stirring drums, mesmerizing guitar riffs and Tamasheg vocals. African rhythms, played by rock musicians, bring Kel Assouf to a dance floor, somewhere between London and Niamey.
On wednesday, Rebel Up SebCat will play dj support at the duo concert of Altin Gün and YĪN YĪN in Het Depot in Leuven. expect lots of Asian and Turkish psyche tunes and other global sound gems before, between & after the concerts.
Altin Gün adds a new chapter to the revival of Turkish psychedelic folk rock. Excuse me? Yes, Altin Gün (‘golden day’) literally blows new life into the psychedelic folk rock that was popular in Turkey in the 70s. Their debut album ‘On’ (Bongo Joe Records) shows what happens when you open doors between Turkish folk songs on the one hand and a dirty blend of funk rhythms, wah-wah guitars and analogue organs on the other. The Amsterdammers who come from various backgrounds (Turkish but also Indonesian and Dutch) comfortably create their work in the adventurous no-man’s land that exists between these two worlds. https://lesdisquesbongojoe.bandcamp.com/album/on
support act: YĪN YĪN Using South East Asian music from the 60´s and 70´s as a main inspiration, whilst also bringing their individual musical backgrounds, record collections and interests to the table, the recording spree of this Dutch band resulted in a remarkable set of songs mixing world music, disco, funk and electronic music. https://yinyinband.bandcamp.com
Islam Chipsy and his band EEK are a three-way force of nature from Cairo, Egypt described by those who’ve been caught in the eye of their storm as one of the most exciting live propositions on the planet. At the core of the group lies electro chaabi keyboard pioneer Islam Chipsy, whose joyous, freewheeling sonic blitz warps the standard oriental scale system into otherworldly shapes, as flanked by Mohamed Karam and Mahmoud Refat raining down a percussive maelstrom behind dual drum kits.
21:00 doors / Rebel Up dj-set 22:00 Islam Chipsy & EEK 23:00 Rebel Up! dj-set