KEL ASSOUF

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.

This spirit of resistance is unceasing, as the song Alyochan recalls - revolution is an awareness and a watch of every moment - it slips between the lines of a wistful song like Tamatant (resistance is a duty, shame on all who say that revolution is not a duty, a duty for all Tuareg, remember the dark years, when Amghar revolted, without water or containers ...) while the fiery Tenere is actually a nostalgic ode to a mysterious being - Sahara and blues haunt me, like the memory of a tattooed hand. Remembering a mysterious brunette...

TONY NJOKU

Tony Njoku is a British-Nigerian electronic music producer and songwriter from London. His self-penned and produced songs have been described as ‘strikingly evocative soundscapes, managing to make even the shortest pop songs sound like epic adventures.’

Tony has been building a lot of momentum over the past few years, from UK/EU tours to support slots for Erased Tapes Records’ Rival Consoles, Gaika and Anna Von Hausswolff, to playing the main stage at the 2016 Green Man Festival (which featured acts like James Blake, Laura Marling and Belle and Sebastian as headliners) which was considered a festival highlight by many viewers including festival director Fiona Stewart and Huw Stephens of BBC1.

Kel Assouf / Tony Njoku

23 Feb 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£11

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