Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman hails from the small town of Ras Al Ain, located in northeasten Syria near the Iraqi and Turkish borders, in a region called the Jazeera. It was there, in the mid-1990s, that he began his singing career at the age of 30. Omar was encouraged by friends after singing at a handful of weddings, and he soon began taking the new endeavor seriously, performing at local events backed by traditional instruments such as the ney, violin, hand percussion and saz.

In 1996, Omar approached a young local musician – Rizan Sa' id – who had been... more