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Omar Souleyman w/ Sky Needle. Brisbane FREE

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You’d have to be crazy to miss this! It’s crazy good shit, I tell you. Crazy good shit. And it’s FREE!

First have a gander at the video and then tell me I’m wrong to be excited:

Sometimes I just can’t believe what random wonders Brisbane throws up. Unbelievable. Fuck it. I’m just going to reprint what Joel Stern has just pasted up on Facebook about this event.

Time: 09 March: 19.00-22.00
Location: Vinyl, Hi-Fi Bar, Brisbane

FREE OMAR!!!!!!!

Consume presents OMAR east coast 2011


Syrian street culture overdriven casio-craziness strained through the timeless folk world of the middle east. Desert sands cavorting to the rapid-fire keyboard mania of Dabke. Your world shifts around you as the dunes of Omar’s musical genius sweep all before in a musical sandstorm. Worlds are compressed as the streets of Syria erupt under your feet in a infectious hyper-mesh that will leave you swirling.

with support from SKY NEEDLE

Omar Souleyman is a musical legend from Syria. For the past 15 years, he and his group have emerged as a staple of folk-pop throughout the country, having issued more than five-hundred studio and live-recorded cassette albums which are easily spotted in the shops of any Syrian city. Hailing from the rural Northeastern city of Ras Al Ain, Souleyman began his musical career in 1994 with a small group of local collaborators that have been with him from the start. The group tirelessly performs concerts throughout Syria and has accepted invitations to perform abroad in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Lebanon. The myriad musical traditions of the region are evident in their music, which reflect the sounds of Syria, Iraq, Turkey and the sizable Kurdish population. Expect the ultimate party music. Omar’s superb and varied vocal stylings feature over high-octane Syrian “Dabke” (the regional folkloric dance music) and a host of other styles. Frantic Arabic keyboard solos provided by the incredible Rizan Sa’id intertwine with reeds, stringed instruments and percussion. This is a rare opportunity to glimpse into Syrian street-level folk-pop – a phenomenon seldom heard in the West in this form. Experience the genuine sounds of Syria and the Middle East.

Ah man. I can’t believe you’re not going to show at this. Sky Needle, you already know and love – right?

East Coast Omar tour courtesy of those fine folk at Consume.

As Joel puts it, “Free love, free improvisation (from Sky Needle), free entry. FREE OMAR”

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