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RA Sessions: Omar Souleyman

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17:45 - 18:00 | Free entrance
Cinema Café | Thorbeckeplein 16-18, Amsterdam

Everyone's favourite Syrian wedding singer shows us how it's done. In almost every aspect of his career, Omar Souleyman is one of a kind. Once a part-time wedding singer in Syria, he is now a popular presence at musical festivals around the world. His thumping blend of traditional dabke songs, electronic beats and his laments on unrequited love has had crowds at Glastonbury, Way Out West and Roskilde going wild— even though they have no clue what he's saying. Souleyman's last album, Wenu Wenu, was produced by Four Tet, who also appears on his new one, Bahdeni Nami, alongside Gilles Peterson and Modeselektor, who are releasing the LP through their label, Monkeytown Records. Souleyman has around 700 albums to his name, which are mainly live recordings of his wedding performances (he would present the bride and groom with a CD, which would then be copied and distributed).  

Modeselektor recently described Souleyman as "the coolest man on the planet," and it's true that his unique stage presence is part of his appeal. As Rizan Sa'id supplies the furious synthesiser lines behind him, Souleyman stalks the stage in his trademark shades, clapping along to the beat and occasionally high-fiving the crowd. From a high-octane set at the Barbican In London, Souleyman came by our London office to play "Bahdeni Nami," the title track from his forthcoming album.

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