A popular artist on the Syrian folk-pop circuit, Omar Souleyman is a wedding singer specializing in a high-octane version of dabke, a traditional style of music performed during line dances at weddings and other celebrations. Souleyman and his band have recorded over 500 cassettes that have become a staple at music kiosks in major Syrian cities. A soulful but fairly conventional vocalist, Souleyman is better known for his outlandish live performances -- bizarre, carnivalesque affairs featuring breakneck, techno-style synths and beats. In 2007, U.S. label Sublime Frequencies issued Souleyman’s Western debut, a collection entitled Highway to Hassake. Dabke 2020 and Jazeera Nights followed in 2009 and 2010. He collaborated with Fourtet's Keiran Hebden and other producers on later recordings. ~ Dave Shim
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