Rootmaster presents 10 YEARS OF WORMFOOD ROOTMASTER SPECIAL with the Brussels band Kel Assouf, which is back with a second album “Tikounen” that shakes the Tuareg scene. Their heavy rock sound – reminding us of Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age – mixed with African trance rhythms transfers you to a dancefloor somewhere between London and Niamey. Kel Assouf – which means both “nostalgia” and “son of eternity” in Tamashek, the language of the Sahara nomads – has built its identity around two central ideas, the promotion of Tuareg culture and the fight against discrimination. With the new album, “Tikounen” (surprise), 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 Brussels, using short phrases similar to Japanese haiku, spreading a message of peace and respect.