Omar Souleyman


  • Omar Souleyman - Shlon
31st January 2020 / CD & LP / Mad Decent / Because Music

Omar Souleyman



Shlon is the 4th studio album from Syrian wedding singer turned global dance icon Omar Souleyman out via Mad Decent / Because Music.

On Shlon (Arabic for 'how' or literally 'which colour'), Omar Souleyman presents 6 new techno-meets-dabke songs of romance and love — singing poetry of a woman’s lips as sweet as Hillah’s dates on 'Layle'; an intriguing woman he watches from afar whose kiss would be worth 10 million other kisses on 'Shlon'; a lover ready to offer his beloved anything she wishes under the sun on 'Shi Tridin' (What Do You Wish For?); a man in admiration of a woman with green eyes and blonde hair on 'Abou Zlilif' (Her Face is Like The Moon); a song about love that will last forever on 'Mawwal', a traditional — all superimposed on complex techno arrangements by Hasan Alo, and based on the hi-speed Kurdish and Arabic dabke and baladi styles with the exception of 'Mawwal' being presented in its traditionally slower pace.

Shlon features double keyboard work from Hasan Alo, a fellow native of the Hasaka region in North-eastern Syria who has recently been active in the vibrant nightlife scene of Dubai. Azad Salih, a young Syrian man currently living in Mardin, Turkey, accompanies on saz, with the lyrics and love poetry written on the spot during the album’s recording session by longtime Omar collaborator Moussa Al Mardood - also currently based in Turkey.

Omar Souleyman has been touring tirelessly since the release of 'To Syria, With Love', or in fact for as long as he can remember in the last 10 years. He has crossed the planet – now seeming quite small – several times over and looks forward to meeting his fans everywhere to celebrate the release of Shlon.

1. Shlon
2. Shi Tridin
3. Mawwal
4. Abou Zilif
5. 3tini 7obba
6. Layle
Format /CD & LP
Released /31st January 2020
Catalogue / BEC5650663
Barcode / 5060686506635
Artist / Omar Souleyman
Genre / World
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