Omar Souleyman performing at Perth International Arts Festival in 2011
|Origin||Ra's al-'Ayn, Syria|
|Genres||World, dabke, folk, electronica|
|Occupations||Singer, musician, farmer|
|Labels||Sublime Frequencies, Ribbon Music|
Omar Souleyman is a musician from Ra's al-'Ayn, Syria, in the northeastern region of Syria. Born in 1966, he began his career in 1994, working with a number of musicians with whom he still performs, and around five hundred studio and live albums have been released under his name. (Eighty percent of those releases are recordings made at weddings and presented to the married couple, which are later copied and sold at local kiosks.) His music has reached a wider audience in recent years due to the American label Sublime Frequencies. As a result, he has been able to tour extensively and release five records. In August 2011, Omar Souleyman appeared at Paredes de Coura in Portugal. He appeared at the Glastonbury Festival in 2011, and performed during Chaos in Tejas in Austin, Texas in June 2011. Souleyman was chosen by Caribou to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England. In 2011 he recorded three remixes for Björk's Biophilia, all found on the second disc of her "Crystalline Series".
Souleyman performs traditional Middle Eastern songs in Kurdish and Arabic. Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn confirmed that the band collaborated with Souleyman on a track that did not make their 2010 album Plastic Beach, Albarn said that the track will see a release one day, upon completion.
In August 2013 he had a performance at the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden. For a while he had been denied permission to visit Sweden. The authorities had fear that he would eventually request asylum. Two days before the date of stage the visa was granted.
|"You Must Hear This: Bjork Picks Omar Souleyman, All Things Considered on National Public Radio, 2009-06-29|
|Omar Souleyman - Hamram in Brooklyn - June 2010|
Compilation albums, released on Sublime Frequencies:
- 2006: Highway to Hassake
- 2009: Dabke 2020
- 2010: Jazeera Nights
- 2011: Haflat Gharbia - The Western Concerts (2LP)
- 2013: Wenu Wenu
Released on Sham Palace (sublabel of Sublime Frequencies):
- 2011: Leh Jani (2LP, full-length Syrian tape reissue)
- omarsouleyman.com (official web site)
- Levy, A. "Chaos in Tejas Preview: Omar Souleyman, The King of Syrian Techno". The Austinist. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
- ATP Nightmare Before Christmas
- Omar Souleyman granted a visa, Radio Sweden 7 August 2012
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