As part of efforts in promoting peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance among different faith-based organizations in African, with the sole aims of boosting better understanding and inter-religious dialogue, an international traditional guitarist from France, with the origin from Niger Republic, has arrived Nigeria with his team.
And, since his arrival, has been organizing series of musical concerts in the northern region of Nigeria with the sole aim of promoting peace and tolerance through traditional and cultural music for uniting Nigerians and other Africans to be One Family.
Atri N’Assouf (the Star of the Desert) a Tuareg from Agadez Niger Republic, who is now a citizen of France for 12 years in Paris and, who owned a school of teaching songs, guitar and other musical instruments in France, has embarked on organizing different peace concerts with some local musicians in the northern cities of Nigeria, in order to unite all the people through his musical “magic peace” songs of unity, love, togetherness, and tolerance, irrespective of Nigerian tribes, ethnicities, norms and various cultures backgrounds.
It has been observed that since his arrival in Nigeria early this month, Atri N’Assouf has been seen to offer a cheerful and festive atmosphere to the northern cities of Nigeria through his radiant sunshine and, above all, good humor of his music, which attracts many Nigerians to be a regular attendance of his live concert from the two selected Northern cities – Kaduna and Abuja – and is hoping to perform in some other parts of the country before going back.
The mission for the peace tour concert in Africa is to preach peace songs and to promote non-violence and peace among all generations, cultures and religions, including the use of local artists as well as international stars.
Indeed, the use of amazing white Traditional Toaureg attires and that of the acoustic guitar, combined with the trance percussion and rhythmic clapping creates great dance music.
The colorful clothing, supported by his dancers really contributes to this great stage act of dancing Touareg song; and this help in spreading his culture, which research indicated that they were from a minor tribe from the Federal Republic of Niger.
In an interview with journalists shortly after performing at Gamji Gate, Kaduna, with his team and some Nigerian musicians teaming up at the stage, Atre N’Assouf explained that Nigerians really welcome him, and that he is really grateful to see how people enjoyed his song and dance to it without knowing from which part of the country he comes.
“Music is for everyone, and music has a unique way of uniting people, and that is why we are using music to preach peace in everywhere we go in the world,” adding that, they introduced their traditional music to France.
“We were recognized, as everyone always dances to the tune of our sweet music without asking us which part of the world we come from.”
There is no doubt that Atri N’Assouf showcases clearly through his musical dance and the use of sweet melody tone of those beautiful Touareg women that Sahara and the people living in the desert have much more to offer than we normally expect. Atri said, “We bring our African traditional music to European countries, in order to promote our African culture in Europe, and the white men always enjoyed our peace music of Touareg.
“Our traditional guitar, drum, with other local instruments represent voices of Africa, and the hit of the music is purely rthym of African tone that has a unique message of spreading peace and unity among the people of universe.
Atri said, “I have played over 10 concerts in the country, and each time we fixed a day many Nigerians come to attend our show and appreciate our song, because we educate them through the music; we have no regrets coming to Nigeria to play peace song. All our songs that we normally play in Europe and Africa are for peace promotion; even in Niger Republic we usually organize a tour of peace song in the country, which serves as a way to take peace campaign to local communities.
The leader of the Band Atri further stated that “This is our first time of been in Nigeria, and we are here to preach the gospel of peace song through our traditional music of Touareg, and it was Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Gashas that brought us to the country. I always travel to Europe countries from France to perform peace concert.
“I have started a tour to some African countries for such concert, and now am in Kaduna to also do the same to preach to the people of Kaduna to live in peace and harmony with one another, so that they can make their country great again. We need peace, not crisis.”
Responding for the reasons of inviting the musician, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Gashas, who is the national president of Centre for Fundamental Rights of Protection Initiative in Nigeria, said “I have been hearing about the effort of the musician on what he has been doing to educate the societies on the importance of peace and unity in their society. That was the reason that really motivated me to immensely invite him to Nigeria to also organize such a concert that could bring many Nigerians into one place of living, to tolerate one another.”
Gashas pointed out that the musician possesses Creativity, Enthusiasm, Flexibility, High Self-Esteem, Networking Skills, Perseverance, Physical Stamina, Presentation Skills, Self-Discipline, Talent; and that he uses all his skills in preaching peace through traditional music.
Gashas said “he is a citizen of France, and a very intelligent musician that I have ever met. When I met him some few month ago at Niger Republic, he was performing peace song, and then I invited him to come to Nigeria, so that we can also organize peace song that could unite the citizens and, surprisingly, he accepted my proposal to come with his team to Kaduna.”