Desert blues has become a hot genre across the world, with music from Majid Bekkas and others generating interest through the gentle grooves and its obvious similarities with the blues in general.
The Touareg band Kel Assouf are turning into one of the hardest-working bands, with a long string of European concerts behind them. Like many of the bands in the genre, it’s hard to exactly define the sound. But Kel Assouf has strong Malian roots. Fans of Ali Farka Toure will recognise them, although the vibe is more gentle.
March 2012 saw them appear in a major concert in Paris to coincide with the French release of the album “Tin Hanane”. No doubt they will be touring often during the coming summer.