Omar Souleyman

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This article is about the Syrian musician. For the Egyptian politician, see Omar Suleiman. For the American entrepreneur, see Omar Soliman.
Omar Souleyman
Omar Souleyman @ Becks Music Box (5 3 2011) (5519121498).jpg
Omar Souleyman performing at Perth International Arts Festival in 2011
Background information
Born 1966
Origin Ra's al-'Ayn, Syria
Genres dabke, folk, electronica
Occupation(s) Singer, musician, farmer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994–present
Labels Sublime Frequencies, Ribbon Music

Omar Souleyman is a musician from Ra's al-'Ayn, Syria, in the northeastern region of Syria.[1] Souleyman performs traditional Middle Eastern songs in Kurdish and Arabic.

Career[edit]

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.[2])

In October 2013 a newly recorded album Wenu Wenu was released by UK label Ribbon Music.[3]

Collaborations and notable appearances[edit]

He appeared at the Glastonbury Festival in 2011, and performed during Chaos in Tejas in Austin, Texas in June 2011.[4] In August 2011, Omar Souleyman appeared at Paredes de Coura in Portugal. Souleyman was chosen by Caribou to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England.[5]

In 2011 he recorded three remixes for Björk's Biophilia, all found on the second disc of her "Crystalline Series".

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.[6] In December 2013, he performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.[7]

In June 2014 he performed at The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. In July he performed at Roskilde Festival, Denmark and at the Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival, Birmingham, UK.

Discography[edit]

External media
Audio
"You Must Hear This: Bjork Picks Omar Souleyman, All Things Considered on National Public Radio, 2009-06-29
Video
Omar Souleyman - Haram in Brooklyn - June 2010
Albums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "omarsouleyman.com (official web site)". Omarsouleyman.virb.com. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  2. ^ "OMAR SOULEYMAN – Love him or hate him". Andy Morgan Writes. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Omar Souleyman Announces Four Tet-Produced LP Wenu Wenu | News". Pitchfork. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  4. ^ Levy, A. "Chaos in Tejas Preview: Omar Souleyman, The King of Syrian Techno". The Austinist. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "ATP Nightmare Before Christmas". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  6. ^ Omar Souleyman granted a visa, Radio Sweden 7 August 2012
  7. ^ "Omar Souleyman". Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 

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