The Arches and Synergy Concerts present
Sat 9 Nov 2013 | 7.30pm-10pm | £15 + booking fee
Celebrated Syrian crossover musician Omar Souleyman comes to The Arches on Sat 9th November.
7.30pm-9pm Pro Vinylist Karim
9pm-10pm Omar Souleyman
*all set times are approximate and subject to change
As one of the most fascinating figures in contemporary music, musician and singer Omar Souleyman’s Kurdish and Arabic songs have travelled from his native Syria across the world in recent years thanks to the US label Sublime Frequencies, whose four compilations of Souleyman’s work in the late 2000s have seen him undertake extensive world tours, work with enduring pop-experimentalist Bjork and Damon Albarn, and perform at All Tomorrow’s Parties (as selected by Caribou). As the internet’s globalisation of music continues to fuel interest within the contemporary experimental electronic music scene for a vast diaspora of sounds, Omar Souleyman’s work has now reached a very special creative crossroads.
With a rumoured back catalogue of more than five hundred compilations and live releases to his name, it’s only now, in his collaboration with underground mainstay Four Tet, that his first solo debut LP proper Wenu Wenu is due for release this October. Combining the driving 4/4 beats and twinkling melodic structures notable of Four Tet with Souleyman’s infectious singing style, Wenu Wenu – and Souleyman’s popularity in general – mark a new chapter in how modern music continues to break through geographical borders and sonic boundaries to create truly unique, exciting music.
As a footnote, we’re also sure that his performance will also be less turbulent than his last. Having fallen on the date of the now infamous ‘Hurricane Bawbag’, which unfortunately stopped some ticket holders attending, we’re confident that the madness of this year’s show will remain firmly indoors, not out…
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