Souleyman has collaborated with the likes of Damon Albarn, Björk, Four Tet and more
Syrian artist Omar Souleyman has issued a statement about the recent migrant crisis, vowing to raise funds for refugees seeking to find a new home in Europe at all his upcoming shows.
The musician released his most recent album ‘Bahdeni Nami’ in August, following on from 2013’s ‘Wenu Wenu’. Souleyman has collaborated with the likes of Damon Albarn, Björk, Four Tet, The Black Lips, Gilles Peterson and Modeselektor in the past.
As Clash reports, Souleyman has promised “together with all willing promoters of his shows… to raise funds to aid the refugees in flight from Syrian situation”.
He outlined his motives in an open letter. Read that in full below:
“Our Heart Aches for Syria continues…
Began in March 2013 at SXSW with a little help from many friends, all future Omar Souleyman shows dedicate to help Syrian people fleeing to a better life elsewhere. Omar Souleyman is a refugee himself, but not an exilee, alone providing for a family of 30. Together with all willing promoters of his shows he conspires to raise funds to aid the refugees in flight from Syrian situation.
We are working with a number of charities but focusing on those directly providing urgent medical care to those in need during their long, difficult and dangerous passage to a life they dream of.
Syria was heaven on earth to all of us not so long ago and there is no reason it shouldn’t be the same way again soon. In this small meantime we all must help each other as much as we can and point the world to history and understanding the true cause of all the suffering that happens now.”