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Omar Souleyman Brings Electro-shaabi to Minneapolis

posted Nov 18, 2014, 1:36 PM by Vu Nguyen
“Undoubtedly the best Syrian-folk techno banger you’ll hear this—or any other—year.” —NME
Electro-shaabi anyone? Singing in Arabic and Kurdish, Syrian Omar Souleyman supercharges the sounds of shaabi and dabke—traditional music heard at social gatherings throughout the Middle East—into East meets West electronic dance music bursting with overdriven synthesizer and trance-inducing rhythm. Souleyman’s international acclaim has found a new generation of admirers from around the globe thanks to projects such as his well-received remixes for Björk’s Biophilia and appearances at Bonnaroo and other prominent festivals. His first studio album, Wenu Wenu, was produced by renowned musician Kieran Hebden (Four Tet).  But beyond all the mixing and remashing sounds and traditions, Souleyman is known for his enthralling live performances—a fireball of Middle Eastern passion and excitement that “can compete against any kind of dance music being made right now, and succeed” (Pitchfork).
This all-standing club concert is copresented with The Cedar.
Omar Souleyman Presented by the Walker and the Cedar
Saturday, December 5, 8 pm
The Cedar
416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis

TICKETS: $25 ($22 Walker members) in advance; $30 ($26) day of show or 612.375.7600