He began singing professionally in 1994. He has sung at Syrian weddings. He has made records of his music. He has made more than 500 live albums. His success and popularity in Syria led to performances in other countries, starting in 1977. Those countries were Canada, Australia, the United States, and ones in Europe.
Souleyman is backed by various bands with many different instruments. "[H]is dizzying use of ululating keyboards, pounding synthesied beats and throaty vocals pays homage to dabke, a `middle Eastern line-dance synonymous with weddings and other celebrations." According to reviewer Tshepo Mokoena, his songs are all about love and companionship.
Selected discography[change | change source]
- 2015: Bahdeni Nami (Monkeytown)
- 2013: Wenu Wenu (Ribbon Music), his first studio recording 
- 2011: Haflat Gharbia - The Western Concerts (Sublime Frequencies)
- 2011: Leh Jani (2LP, full-length Syrian tape reissue) (Sham Palace)
- 2010: Jazeera Nights (Sublime Frequencies)
- 2009: Dabke 2020 (Sublime Frequencies)
- 2006: Highway to Hassake (Sublime Frequencies)
References[change | change source]
- "omarsouleyman.com (official web site)". Omarsouleyman.virb.com. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
- Mokoena, Tshepo, "The Wedding Singer," The Guardian g2 2015 August 21, p. 14.
- Levy, A. "Chaos in Tejas Preview: Omar Souleyman, The King of Syrian Techno". The Austinist. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
- "Omar Souleyman: Wenu Wenu". Pitchfork.
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