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OMAR SOULEYMAN @ THE ECHOPLEX | L.A. RECORD
Photos by Stephanie Port Words by David Cotner What can you say about a song that has words you can't understand? Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, bedecked in dark glasses and flowing vestments, red checked keffiyeh adorning his head, speaks through his music in this urgent moment during which an art that transcends current affairs and political boundaries is as moving as the beats that flow through the space like a thing alive. Possessed of a full, calm voice that soars above cares both temporary and abiding, Souleyman is aided by keyboard sorcerer Hasan Aso on two Korgs, cranking out simulations of drums and ouds and rhythms that pull from sources as wildly varied as traditional Syrian music, Eurodisco and electro. They play selections from the hundreds of records that make up the Souleyman back catalog, as well as hits from this year's To Syria, With Love record on Mad Decent. It is not for nothing that Souleyman began his singing career in the early '90s as a wedding singer - and