You may not know his name, but Omar Souleyman is, by far, the coolest man alive. The musician hails from Ra’s al-‘Ayn, Syria, and with his 2013 record Wenu Wenu, he broke out of his standard audience and into the worlds of those who subscribe to The Fader. On stage, he floats around stoically, sporting sunglasses and a smile. He claps along to his songs, of which he’ll play roughly four or five for an entire set given the typical length of around 15 minutes. The music, despite being a bit different for those of us used to listening to guitar rock, is bouncy and strange and bizarrely infectious and positive. Omar makes everyone experiencing Omar feel great—so you need to experience Omar yourself.
Wed., Aug. 6, 8:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 6, 2014