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Omar Souleyman

An unexpected preacher of love

It’s a strange world we live in. Who could’ve foreseen that a wedding singer from Ras al Ayn, Syria with over 500 albums under his belt would become a cult hero among club connoisseurs?


21:00 Dørene åpner – ONKOD DJ set

22:00 Omar Souleyman concert

23:00 Mina Tosti – plays unreleased Omar Souleyman songs

23.45: BeiRu DJ set

00.30 – 02.00: ONKOD DJ set

About Omar Souleyman:
But there is an undeniabe bond between the legacy 50-year-old delves in – a synthesized version of the Levantian dance music Dabke – and so-called acid house, with its roots in Chicago. In both cases musicians cultivate ululating synths and effective rhythms, and in both cases it feels like your head is about to explode from the stimuli, while the hips take on their own lives. It is completely irrelevant where you hail from – all it takes is a sensory apparatus.

Then it’s really no wonder that gurus like Four Tet (who produced his breakthrough album Wenu Wenu), Modeselektor and our dear friend Gilles Peterson are honored to have worked with a master like Souleyman.

When so much of this day and age is in utter chaos, there’s comfort to be found in how the Syrian sings about the great theme of love as the drum beat rages on carelessly. This is, after all, dance music’s virtue: The ability to dissolve us in time and space, building bridges where walls previously were to be found.

ID: 20 years

Text: Kim Klev

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