Omar Souleyman

The 101 Best Albums of the 2010s

Why now? Because — and there's no reason to ignore the elephant in the room: SPIN stewardship has changed hands many, many times since we made…
SPIN Staff / June 30, 2020

Omar Souleyman Embraces Love, and Relaxation, on ‘Bahdeni Nami’

Expressionless and inscrutable behind his sunglasses and underneath a red keffiyeh, Omar Souleyman betrays little — lighting a cigarette and gesturing slightly with his hands is…
Harley Brown / August 10, 2015

Review: Omar Souleyman Slows the Party to a Crawl on ‘Bahdeni Nami’

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: July 24, 2015Label: MonkeytownFirst thing you notice about Omar Souleyman’s second studio album (and kajillionth when you count his…
Dan Weiss / August 4, 2015

Omar Souleyman’s New LP ‘Bahdeni Nami’ Is Streaming Now

Omar Souleyman's latest collection of imminently danceable Syrian folk songs Bahdeni Nami is due for release next week on Modeselektor's label Monkeytown, and today its…
Colin Joyce / July 16, 2015

Omar Souleyman Announces New Album Featuring Production By Modeselektor and Four Tet

Syrian singer Omar Souleyman just announced a new album, Bahdeni Nami, for this summer. For his second proper studio release, Souleyman is teaming up with producers like…
James Grebey / March 26, 2015

Bonnaroo 2014: SPIN’s Best Live Photos

SPIN ventured down to Manchester, Tennessee this past weekend to camp out at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. We caught performances by Yeezus…
SPIN Staff / June 17, 2014

Omar Souleyman’s Intense, Swooning ‘Wenu Wenu’ Brings Dabke to the Club-Kid Masses

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: October 22, 2013Label: RibbonSilly things will be written about this record, so let me emphasize up top that, overhyped…
Robert Christgau / October 24, 2013

Omar Souleyman Throws a Transportive Rooftop Show in ‘Warni Warni’ Video

"It was weird to think that Americans would like an Arab to sing in America," Omar Souleyman told SPIN of his entrée into the U.S.
Marc Hogan / October 22, 2013

Omar Souleyman: The Wedding Singer

The New York City heat is getting to Omar Souleyman. It's the last weekend in August and the air on this last-gasp day of summer…
Andy Beta / October 22, 2013

15 Albums You Can Hear Now: Best Coast, Omar Souleyman, Ryan Hemsworth, and More

Happy Thursday! We've gift-wrapped new albums by Best Coast, Omar Souleyman, Poliça, Ryan Hemsworth, Chief Keef, and many more. They're all streaming right now — find…
Kyle McGovern / October 17, 2013

Omar Souleyman Invites You to Stream His Hypnotic ‘Wenu Wenu’ Album

Cue the celebration: Omar Souleyman's first-ever studio album is now streaming in full on NPR. For years, the dabke superstar recorded his albums live, on…
Kyle McGovern / October 14, 2013

Omar Souleyman Convinces Swedish Government to Let Him Into the Country

Sweden has lifted its ban on Omar Souleyman. As SPIN previously reported, the Syrian dabke star was unable to perform at last week's Stockholm Music and Arts…
Kyle McGovern / August 8, 2013

Swedish Promoters Protest Omar Souleyman’s Visa Denial With Festival Offer

Last week, dabke crossover king Omar Souleyman was denied entry into Sweden due to the government's ban on issuing visas to Syrian citizens. He was…
Dan Reilly / August 6, 2013

Omar Souleyman, Four Tet Pine for Love on Dabke Throbber ‘Wenu Wenu’

At long last we can hear the first cut from Omar Souleyman's Four Tet-produced full-length studio debut, Wenu Wenu. We've been teased by amazing live footage…
Chris Martins / August 2, 2013

Omar Souleyman’s Debut Album ‘Wenu Wenu’ Arrives, at Last, in October

After years of cutting tracks during weddings, Omar Souleyman is finally ready to release his first-ever studio album, Wenu Wenu, this fall. Produced by Four…
Dan Reilly / July 18, 2013
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