02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

Photo by Flavien Prioreau.

DokuFest Announces its Opening Act

July 18th, 2016

“Despite the world’s insistence to associate him with his home country’s unending war, Omar gives back nothing but love.”

DokuFest is proud to announce that its jubilee 15th edition will be launched with a performance by the extraordinary Omar Souleyman.

Hailing from the Hasake region in Syria, Omar earned his reputation by singing at weddings, birthdays, Christenings, corporate parties and the like for years – responding to the invitations of all peoples living in the region – be it Muslims, Christians, Kurds, Iraqis, Syrians or Assyrians. His voice and style stood out, and these parties yielded hundreds of cassette tapes of his songs, first offered as gifts and later distributed throughout the region and other Arab countries.

Omar Souleyman continues to tirelessly bring his wild dance parties to all corners of the world, having performed at venues ranging from Glastonbury Festival to the Nobel Peace Prize Concert and collaborating with Björk.

After his first studio album – Wenu Wenu – which was produced by FourTet, Omar Souleyman returns to a collaboration with his favourite poet, Ahmad Alsamer, for his second studio effort – “Bahdeni Nami”. His lyrics declare eternal love, console one’s aching heart, decide to let her go, and ask her to sleep in his arms forever – and will do so on the DokuNights stage on August 5th, the first day of DokuFest.

Listen to the hit from his latest album “Bahdeni Nami”, below: