Omar Souleyman performing at Perth International Arts Festival in 2011
|Origin||Ra's al-'Ayn, Syria|
|Genres||dabke, folk, electronica|
|Occupations||Singer, musician, farmer|
|Labels||Sublime Frequencies, Ribbon Music|
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.)
Collaborations and notable appearances
He appeared at the Glastonbury Festival in 2011, and performed during Chaos in Tejas in Austin, Texas in June 2011. 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.
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. In December 2013, he performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
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.
|"You Must Hear This: Bjork Picks Omar Souleyman, All Things Considered on National Public Radio, 2009-06-29|
|Omar Souleyman - Haram in Brooklyn - June 2010|
- 2006: Highway to Hassake (compilation) (Sublime Frequencies)
- 2009: Dabke 2020 (compilation) (Sublime Frequencies)
- 2010: Jazeera Nights (compilation) (Sublime Frequencies)
- 2011: Haflat Gharbia - The Western Concerts (2LP (compilation)) (Sublime Frequencies)
- 2011: Leh Jani (2LP, full-length Syrian tape reissue) (Sham Palace)
- 2013: Wenu Wenu (Ribbon Music)
- 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
- "Omar Souleyman". Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
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