OMAR SOULEY­MAN

METROPOLE - Vienna in English - - THIS MONTH -

The Arab wed­ding singer pricked some western ears with his take on dabke , the tra­di­tional folk mu­sic of his na­tive Syria. Soon lauded by the likes of Björk and Da­mon Al­barn, he has be­come some­what of a cult fig­ure in Europe and the United States. With up-tempo, stomp­ing beats and polyrhyth­mic key­board lines, his mu­sic is ir­re­sistibly dance­able, fit­tingly ac­com­pa­nied with ro­man­tic lyrics for wed­dings. His more re­cent work re­veals feel­ings about his ex­ile from his na­tive land. “Oh I’m tired of look­ing for home, and ask­ing about my loved ones” – a line from his lat­est record, To Syria, With Love.

WHEN Feb 8, 20:00 WHERE Grelle Forelle 9., Spit­te­lauer Lände 12, grelle­forelle.com

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