A legend in Syria (though currently a guest in Turkey), Omar & his keyboardist-composer Rizan Sa’id earned their fame playing traditional dabke dance music at weddings. But they played this music far more energetically than others had done before, and they electrified their traditional instruments. Syrians loved it! Renowned for their live performances, this is their first studio album; but you wouldn’t know it – this recording has all the energy and spontaneity of a live show. This is not fusion but the real thing – super Arabic music.
Omar Souleyman was featured on Bjork’s Biophilia CD.