Over the past decade, Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman has become his country’s best-known musical export. And now, at a time when civil war has killed millions of Syrians and caused millions more to flee their homeland, Souleyman is returning with his third studio album, To Syria, With Love. The album features electronic arrangements by Hasan Alo and lyrics and poetry co-written by Shawah Al Ahmad. According to a press release, it sets aside politics entirely to pay tribute to the land Souleyman loves. And its first single is the frenetically thumping “Ya Bnayya,” which you can hear below.
01 “Ya Boul Habari”
02 “Ya Bnayya”
03 “Es Samra”
04 “Aenta Lhabbeytak”
05/11 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
05/12 Detroit, MI @ El Club (with the Black Lips)
05/14 Arcosanti, AZ @ Form Arcosanti
05/15 Santa Barbara, CA @ University Of California, Santa Barbara
05/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
05/18 Durham, NC @ MoogFest
05/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Living Traditions Festival
To Syria, With Love is out 6/2 on Mad Decent.