Syrian musician Omar Souleyman to perform free show on May 15

by Danny Meza, Diversity & Outreach Peer
Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:09 PM

Omar Souleyman, former Syrian wedding-singer and now indie EDM star, will perform a free show at UCSB's Stoke Plaza on Monday, May 15, at 6 p.m. UCSB's Middle East Ensemble will open the show.

From 91.9 KCSB-FM:

KCSB-FM 91.9 and Associated Students welcome Syrian musician and EDM sensation OMAR SOULEYMAN to Storke Plaza. Opening for the mostly techno Souleyman will be the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, playing traditional instruments with dance accompaniment.

Souleyman, who started as a wedding singer is his native Al-Jazira region in northeastern Syria, has emerged as a world and electronic music marvel playing shows throughout the United States and Europe. He’s currently on tour with his newest album “To Syria, with Love,” a reflection on his war-torn homeland.

The concert will also serve as a forum to raise awareness of the evolving humanitarian crisis in Syria and offer a space for attendees to participate in relief efforts. Student socio-cultural groups and organizations focused on Middle East issues will be on hand to share information.