Posted in music | tour dates | world music on October 17, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

Omar Souleyman @ Le Poisson Rouge - 10/16/13 (via @linyeezy)
Omar Souleyman

Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman is in NYC for CMJ for this week, and he just played the NPR showcase at Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/16), which also featured sets from rapper Pusha T, indie pop band Cults, and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest). Did you go to the show? How was it? For those who weren't in attendance, NPR streamed the whole thing live, and they'll be hosting an archive of the full show soon, so stay tuned for that.

Omar Souleyman's only other CMJ show is the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/18) (happening a venue to be announced VERY soon) with The Head and the Heart (acoustic), Speedy Ortiz, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Hookworms, Eagulls, and Kirin J Callinan. The party runs from noon to 6 PM and Omar's on at 4:15. It's totally FREE (no badge, no RSVP), and we hope to see you there! More info here. Right after CMJ, Omar begins a European tour (Pitchfork Paris included), and all dates on that tour are listed below.

The tour and his CMJ appearances are in support of his new album, Wenu Wenu, which comes out next week (10/22) via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record was produced entirely by electronic wizard Four Tet (who also just dropped his own album), who gives it a sharper edge than some of Omar's earlier work but without changing his sound or Westernizing it. You can stream the full album at NPR.

All dates are listed, along with a stream of the album's title track and a live video, below...


Omar Souleyman - "Wenu Wenu"

Omar Souleyman at Issue Project Room in 2010

Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman -- 2013/2014 Tour Dates
10/18 Brooklyn, NY BrooklynVegan day party (venue TBA)
10/19/13 Melkweg, Amsterdam - Amsterdam Dance Event
10/25/13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux Fragil
10/26/13 - Guiamares, Portugal - CCVF - Grande Auditorio
11/01/13 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
11/02/13 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Festival Paris
11/03/13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Redbull Music Academy Weekender
11/06/13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11/07/13 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
11/09/13 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Arches
11/11/13 - London, England - The Laundry (LEAF Electronic)
11/29/13 - Hong Kong, China - Clockenflap Festival
11/30/13 - Tokyo, JP - Hostess Club Weekender
12/07/13 - Angouleme, France - La Nef
3/14/14 - Lleida, Spain - MUD




Comments (10)

Why would anyone go see this terrorist?

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 11:31 AM

It's kind of amazing that hipsters will accept this dude. There is NO way the people claiming to like him (the people who will attend the BV day party) actually legitimately appreciate his music. Sorry, just not possible.

And why? Because zzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 12:24 PM

Saw him at NPR last night and spoiler alert: he fucking ruled. I have no good cultural understanding of or context for this music, but it's fucking fun, intricate, you can groove to it and it sounds cool. FUCK YOU

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 1:22 PM

^^ terrorist

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 2:03 PM

haha, I love how so many famous bands from the UK and Europe have their 'visa issues' and can't play. Yet, a dude from SYRIA?!!? can come no problem.


Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 2:59 PM

12:24: I totally agree.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 3:00 PM

This guy tours NYC more then most NYC bands!

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 3:12 PM

You're right. He also has a strange propensity doing training exercises in playgrounds and has a giant map with all these arrows in his hotel room. Lemon out.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 3:56 PM

This is so terrible! I love electronic music and I love Middle Eastern music (proven by previous posts on my page) but this fusion is flat, amateur and lacking any talent.

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