Omar Souleyman has posted the title cut of forthcoming album 'Wenu Wenu' online - listen to it now.
A true one off, Omar Souleyman's work straddles East and West, organic and digital, the traditional and the modern. New album 'Wenu Wenu' is produced by Four Tet, and could well mark a genuine breakthrough moment for the Syrian artist.
Out on October 21st, the album sleeve boasts specially commissioned artwork by multidisciplinary artist Spencer Sweeney. Available to pre-order now, anyone who pays up front will receive the title track as an instant download.
Fusing techno with traditional Middle Eastern culture, 'Wenu Wenu' is an ambitious track which has a joyous, open feel.
Listen to it below.
Sadly, it seems that not everyone is willing to embrace his sound. Omer Souleyman was due to perform at this weekend’s Stockholm Music & Arts festival, but - as organisers outline in a new statement - the country's right wing Alliance government has blocked the Syrian artist.
Written in Swedish, the good eggs at The Line Of Best Fit have published a translation which reads: "(The) band (have been) refused visa in Sweden because Sweden does not let the Syrian citizens (in)... They believe that the risk is too great that the band must apply for a residence permit in Sweden."
Continuing, the organisers state: "Not only is it absurd not to allow Syrian citizens. It is of course extra crazy when it comes to an artist that tours around the world without any problem. An artist who also has even played in Sweden before. It is the first time the band denied visas ever in the world. Go Sweden."
Read the full statement HERE.
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