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World Music at Webster Hall on Monday night

June 1st, 2012


One good thing about music is that it can unite people across the globe. Of course with the Internet in our everyday lives, the size of the world no longer seems so daunting. And just as Bob Marley brought local music from his country to the rest of the planet, Omar Souleyman, a dabke musician from Syria who grew up near the Syria-Iraq border, is doing the same. He began recording music in 1994 and there have been hundreds of studio and live albums released under his name. He’s gained more attention in this country since an American label put out three of his discs. His music is a little faster, rougher and on the more techno end of dabke, and the best way for you to experience it is in person, which is what you can do when Souleyman (above, performing at the 2010 Montreal International Jazz Festival) plays Webster Hall on Monday night.