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Omar Souleyman

It’s probably a good thing that I don’t understand the lyrics to this or know anything about the politics of Syrian techno-popstar Omar Souleyman. (Don’t tell me!) I first heard him on a recent episode of Bob Boilen’s very hip weekly NPR podcast All Songs Considered that was guest-deejayed by Bjork (who made some other pretty great selections, too). I love the tweaked-out sound of the traditional Middle Eastern instrumentation heavily modified through cheap electronics and Souleyman’s unique stage persona. The dancing is also pretty sweet — looks like this is supposed to take place at a wedding or something. Anyone know more?

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