Album Review: Omar Souleyman - 'Jazeera Nights' (Sublime Frequencies)

An album getting the ethno-techno party started

Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman seemed to blaze out of nowhere in 2009. But if his inclusion at Number Five on last year’s NME Future 50 was a shock, his recent tumultuous UK gigs and Pavement ATP appearance were less so. If it has become less weird to see the moustache, mirror shades and keffiyeh-sporting chain-smoker leading an odd mix of hipsters, ravers and world music fans on a dabke (Syrian party music) techno jaunt, then this runs both ways. This is another anthology culled from his back catalogue, but the emphasis is on ethno-techno with English translations. Like Souleyman himself, this comp aimed at Western fans is smoking.

John Doran

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9 / 10

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