Our best-of-2011-lists are not finished yet, but one thing is more than clear: you will find Omar Souleyman on top of our lists. We love this guy. For years he got booked for Syrian weddings in the western diaspora, but recently he’s been part of the amazing Sublime Frequencies imprint and is touring the world.
As reported earlier he recently collaborated with Björk for Biophilia and recorded three remixes of her songs. Souleyman was also chosen by Caribou to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival last week in Minehead, England and performed at Glastonbury. But the best thing (for us, anyway!) is that this week he’s playing live in Berlin! So we decided to share our excitement by giving away 2 x 2 tickets for Wednesday’s concert at Berlin’s Kesselhaus.
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Cult Syrian musician Omar Souleyman is something of a star in the Middle East thanks to the fascinating melodies and wild grooves he’s been laying down in both Arabic and Kurdish since 1994. As reported earlier on Electronic Beats, this year he has already put his hands on a Björk remix and toured the summer-festival season pretty heavily.
Now Sublime Frequencies’ friend/collaborator Mark Gergis’ vinyl-only label Sham Palaces is releasing Souleyman’s legendary Leh Jani on November, 22nd, though the track already had a cassette-only release in Syria as a 30-minute song with two additional tracks. Check Omar’s upcoming tour dates here and see the tracklist below:
Side 1: Introduction / Mawal (15:15)
Side 2: Salamat Galbi Bidek (14:04)
Side 3: Leh Jani – Part 1 (14:20)
Side 4: Leh Jani – Part 2 (15:55)
Room for a bit more Omar Souleyman in your life? Of course there is. The Syrian wedding singer turned international hipster firebrand has a new album Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts, and if you head over to Altered Zones you can download the frankly bonkers ‘Haram’ for nowt. If you hadn’t guessed by the title of the album it is taken form, it’s recorded live though you cannot actually tell the difference – much of his music sounds like it has been recorded live in a tent with sand getting in to all of the equipment, even his studio remix of Bjork.
Grab the music here. It’s actually making me head-bang. Or perhaps I am having a fit.