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Bjork collaborating with Syrian DJ Omar Souleyman

By ; February 22, 2011 at 1:33 PM 

This years newest breakthrough artist wears a turban, and rocks some very urbane shades. He is Syrian DJ Omar Souleyman, and his Arabic synth and dance beats have won the heart of singer Bjork. The artists have collaborated on what will be released as a 12″ record, cd, and digital download out this year. (via TMT)

“What I thought was really refreshing about the recordings of Omar Souleyman, is that it was recorded what you normally call ‘badly,’ just as if it was recorded in a party somewhere with a microphone and just put straight on the internet,” said Bjork of Omar Souleyman to NPR.

Souleyman released albums throughout the 90s, but his music never reached the U.S. until recently, under the American label Sublime Frequencies.

The artist, known most for his kinetic live shows, and will be touring come March. The dates are listed below:

03-05 Perth, Australia – Perth International Arts Festival
03-06 Melbourne, Australia – North Cote Social Club
03-09 Brisbane, Australia – The Hi-Fi
03-11 Adelaide, Australia – WOMADelaide at Botanic Park
03-12 Sydney, Australia – Annandale Hotel
06-02-05 Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas Festival
06-9-12 Manchester, Tennessee – Bonnaroo Festival
08-05 Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival
08-06 London, England – Field Day Festival
09-08-11 Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight – Bestival


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