Posted in music | pictures on July 6, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Omar Souleyman @ Central Park Summerstage
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"He is a legend in north Africa. Omar Souleyman in about 15 years has recorded around 500 studio and live albums and apparently has a godlike status in Syria, his country. Originally his music orbits around Syrian folk-pop, it is sung in Arabic and his audience is mainly in North-African countries.

Recently Omar Souleyman has became the hype of the indie blogosphere. He has been picked up by Pavement for their "exotic" slot on the second day at their All Tomorrow Parties festival. The hype mounted so fast that the third stage at Minehead centre was packed [with] thousands of guys wearing Pavement/Pixies/Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr T-shirts dancing to the disco music of Souleyman. Among these fans [was] the Dodos drummer who played [his own set the next day] wearing the official Souleyman T-Shirt." [Live on 35mm]

Mali's Tinariwen and the West African-inspired US band Toubab Krewe played the Central Park SummerStage on June 26th (one day before Gil Scott-Heron played there). Between their sets, Syrian "techno" artist Omar Souleyman made his New York debut. He succeeded in getting the crowd up and dancing, and he had a belly dancer on stage for part of the set (with a DJ set between).

The next night in New York, Tinariwen performed with Sway Machinery at the Bell House, and Omar Souleyman played in the Old American Can Factory Courtyard with CSC Funk Band.

More pictures from Central Park, and some videos from all the NYC shows, below...

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Omar Souleyman, SummerStage at Central Park 6/26/10



Omar Souleyman @ Issue Project Room / Old American Can Factory Courtyard


Tinariwen @ Summerstage

Tinariwen @ the Bell House

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Comments (13)

I was going to go because I liked his first 300 albums but he really went downhill after the first 300 albums..I really can't stand to listen to that experimental album he released some years ago..

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 11:57 AM

Setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 11:59 AM

He sounded great in Terminal 6 in downtown Tripoli but the security guards are too much there!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 12:02 PM

Mahmoud Awad!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 12:04 PM

great, great show... hummus was very authentic

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 12:08 PM

guy from Black Kids new side project

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 12:09 PM

i've been listening to him every since avey tare recommended him. i know i'm a sheep, but good stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 1:37 PM

the iron sheik used to be one of my faves

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 1:43 PM

Don't let the terrorists win! Unless they bring their belly dancers.

Posted by Regular reader | July 6, 2010 1:54 PM

"Souleyman" means "layer of a thousand gash" in Syrian.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2010 3:28 PM

Tinariwen, Chicago 2010

Posted by MOKHTAR | September 16, 2010 7:52 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...
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Posted by يوتيوب القمة | March 2, 2011 3:03 AM

I hope his is not a terrorist. Although he doesn't look like one and he sings. It's very funny.

Posted by Cazare Romania | January 17, 2012 10:35 AM

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