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Omar Souleyman


Latest release from the Syria dabke musician featuring contributions from Hasan Alo, Moussa Al Mardood and Azad Salih

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  1. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Lovelorn dabke dance music without compromise
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Another hip-rolling, dabke masterclass. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    Shlon is the album where Souleyman reveals his comfort with his new band, who have, after all, traveled tens of thousands of miles together. He also returns to the incendiary approach of his early albums, worrying not so much about hip textures and beats as delivering these songs as soulfully and energetically as possible
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The Syrian musician has released 500 records and now lives in exile in Turkey, but this short, sharp record shows an undimmed spirit
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    With increased variety in his arrangements and a willingness to explore slower paced rhythms, Souleyman underlines his ability to fulfil a passionate mission for bringing joyous music and its message of love to ever wider audiences
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  6. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    At its heart Shlon is an incredibly fun album. The six techno-meets-dabke tracks are crafted in such a way that the hypnotic traditional melodies are underpinned by raging breakneck breakbeats
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  7. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A return to his roots, combining the lush Arabic romance poetry of collaborator Moussa al Mardoud with Hasan Alo's techno arrangements. Print edition only

  8. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    If you’re new to Souleyman, this record is absolutely not the place to start – it's probably best to go back to his breakthrough record, 2013’s Wenu Wenu. But if you’re already this far into the review, you’ve probably figured out that this is just another feather in his keffiyeh
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