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Syria Meets Ultra
Start Date: 10/5/2018Start Time: 8:00 PM
End Date: 10/5/2018End Time: 10:00 PM
Event Description:

Miami Dade College's (MDC) acclaimed performing arts series, MDC Live Arts, and The Rhythm Foundation will co-present a boisterous night of unexpected dance music with Omar Souleyman at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at the North Beach Bandshell.

Who could have foreseen that a wedding singer from Syria would become a cult hero among club goers? Omar Souleyman generated nearly 500 live recordings in his native country before civil war broke out in 2011. But it was after going into exile in Turkey and releasing a Western-produced album (Wenu Wenu), that he solidified the growing interest of musicians, producers and fans across the globe. Now, with albums released on Diplo's Mad Decent record label and years collaborating with artists such as Björk, Four Tet, Modeselektor, and Giles Peterson— Souleyman has become one of the world's most sought-after electronic music artists.

Souleyman plays a synthesized version of dabke—the Arab folk music popular at weddings across Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Syria; it's corresponding circle- and line- dances boast viral sensation status online. Parallels can be easily drawn between his genre and modern electronic dance music— the extended tracks, driving techno beats, themes of love and unity, ability to dissolve us in space and time—so much so that Pitchfork has proclaimed that Souleyman's music "can compete against any kind of dance music being made right now, and succeed."

After touring worldwide and performing at major festivals including Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Moogfest, and Roskilde, Souleyman comes to Miami to perform his latest album, To Syria With Love. Somewhat of a departure musically and lyrically from his previous material, he focuses on more elaborate keyboard and techno elements, and (setting politics aside), consciously shares a very personal ode to his homeland. Emphasizing his emotional connection to the land and people, but not without heartache in view of the nation's current state.

"It's been six years I've been away, and I'm tired of looking for home and asking about my loved ones. My soul is wounded and it's like having dust in my eyes…We are in exile, and our nights are long. Our homeland is our only comfort," Souleyman sings.

Over medium to high-speed dabke and baladi styles, Souleyman expresses his overarching longing for collective peace. Whether Ultra-goers, EDM fans, world music lovers or Arab Americans and expats—this concert promises to be one for the books.

Location Information:
Offsite
Contact Information:
Name: Alexa Burneikis
Phone: 305-237-7733
Email: aburneik@mdc.edu
Admission Information

Tickets are $30 advance/ $35 day of show. Purchase tickets, please visit http://www.rhythmfoundation.com.

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Location:
North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Ave Miami Beach.
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