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Glastonbury to Björk - Omar Souleyman: a Syrian musical Odyssey

Hosted by the Consul of the Basel Culture & Lifestyle Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Thu 08 Nov 21:00 - 22:30

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Live On Stage: Omar Souleyman (Syria)
Warm Up & After Show supported by DJ Leila Moon (BS)

Omar Souleyman started his singing and traditional music as a part-time wedding singer in his native Syria. His music is culturally diverse and draws on Kurdish, Ashuri, Arabic, Turkish and even Iraqi traditions and music.

He appeared at the Glastonbury Festival in Protected content , and performed during Chaos in Tejas in Austin, Texas in June Protected content .

In August Protected content , Omar Souleyman appeared at Paredes de Coura in Portugal. Souleyman was chosen by Caribou to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curated in December Protected content Minehead, England.

In Protected content recorded three remixes for Björk's Biophilia, all found on the second disc of her "Crystalline Series".

In August Protected content had a performance at the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden. For a while he had been denied permission to visit Sweden. The authorities had feared that he would eventually request asylum. Two days before the date of stage the visa was granted. In December Protected content , he performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.

In June Protected content performed at The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. In July he performed at Roskilde Festival, Denmark and at the Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival, Birmingham, UK. He then performed at One Love Festival in Istanbul on 16 June Protected content August Protected content performed at Pukkelpop Festival in Kiewit, Hasselt in Belgium.[14] Later that summer on 31 August he played the Electric Picnic festival in Ireland. He also played at Treefort Music Festival in Boise, ID in March Protected content . In October Protected content performed at Bristol's SimpleThings festival.