Omar Souleyman plays New York’s SummerStage, expands European tour as he turns his glance fearlessly towards more North American dates

Omar Souleyman plays New York's SummerStage, expands European tour as he turns his glance fearlessly towards more North American dates

As we reported recently, Syrian dabke pop kingpin and mastermind Omar Souleyman is set to release Jazeera Nights, his third collection of live and previously unreleased tracks, next week for Seattle-based institution Sublime Frequencies. (The album follows last year’s Dabke 2020, which by the way made our 2009 list.) Word also spread that he will be venturing out of his homestead to tour a bit of the UK in support of this release.

Well good news to you, mainland Europeans: it turns out that Souleyman has decided to extend his tour and spread the dabke love to an exponential portion of the continent. Beginning early July, the man will be hitting France and keeping it funky on a nightly basis for the next few weeks until his last stop in Helsinki.

Wait up though, that’s not all he’s got as far as tour destinations! Souleyman apparently has a clean calendar through the month of June, aaaaaaaaaaand according to the man’s PR, with any luck he’ll be performing limited dates in the US and Canada! Shit yeah! So far, the only show confirmed is on June 26 at Central Park’s SummerStage in Manhattan with Tinariwen and Toubab Krewe. Stay tuned for more dates.

05.11.10 - Bristol, UK - Metropolis *
05.12.10 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
05.13.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
05.14.10 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control (Future Everything Festival)
05.15.10 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.17.10 - London, UK - Scala
06.26.10 - New York, NY - SummerStage in Central Park #
07.03.10 - Belfort, France - Eurockeennes Festival
07.04.10 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Metropolis Festival
07.06.10 - Nantes, France - Le Lieu Unique
07.07.10 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
07.08.10 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
07.09.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Recyclart
07.10.10 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Kortijk Conge Festival
07.13.10 - Porto, Portugal - Casa Da Musica
07.14.10 - Vigo, Spain - Festival Sinsal
07.15.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux Fragil
07.17.10 - Cartagena, Spain - La Mar de Musicas
08.12.10 - Cannes, France - Festival Pantiero
08.13.10 - Berlin, Germany - Wassermusik Festival
08.14.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival

* Konono No. 1
# Tinariwen and Toubab Krewe

• Omar Souleyman: http://www.myspace.com/omarsouleyman
• Sublime Frequencies: http://www.sublimefrequencies.com

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