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Omar Souleyman @ Le Poisson Rouge (pics)

Omar Souleyman could have inserted a ton of political commentary into Thursday night’s show at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge and not been faulted for it. (Some wondered whether he’d get to do this tour at all.) Of course some of the music itself is political but there was hardly any pause in his performance. The Syrian refugee instead simply, but deftly, kept the audience churning on their feet to the melodies played by keyboardist Hasan Alo. Souleyman’s forthcoming album To Syria, With Love will be out on Mad Decent early next month. You can listen to the song “Ya Bnayya” (“Oh Baby Girl” in English) below and check out photos from Souleyman’s LPR show, part of the World Music Institute series (and his current tour), in the gallery above.

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