Omar Souleyman at Central Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Syrian pop musician Omar Souleyman has been gaining recognition here in America thanks to some compilations/live albums on Sublime Frequencies, the live shows he's been doing here over the last few years, and his association with Bjork. Now he's set to release his first official studio album, Wenu Wenu, on October 22 via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record is being produced entirely by electronic mastermind Four Tet, who is openly a fan. Check out a song from the album in a recent Four Tet mix (around the 1:57:00 mark), the album trailer, and tracklist, below.
Omar Souleyman also has a number of upcoming dates, including a few US shows in August surrounding his appearance at LA's FYF Fest. One of those shows happens in NYC on August 31 at Issue Project Room for the venue's 10th Anniversary party which includes many other great experimental artists. Tickets for that are currently on sale to Issue Members.
All dates are listed, along with the video, stream, and album tracklist, below...
Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu Trailer
Four Tet & Gilles Peterson Mix (Omar Souleyman song at 1:57:00)
Wenu Wenu Tracklist:
1. Wenu Wenu
2. Ya Yumma
5. Warni Warni
6. Mawal Jamar
Omar Souleyman -- 2013 Tour Dates
08-02 Stockholm, SE - Stockholm Music and Arts Festival
08-24 Katowice, PL - Nowa Musyka Festival
08-25 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Festival
08-29 Austin, TX - Red 7
08-31 Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
11-01 Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
11-02 Paris, FR - Pitchfork Festival Paris
12-01 Tokyo, JP - Hostess Club Weekender