Published Feb 17, 2011Some musical pairings were just meant to be: Sonny and Cher, Lennon and McCartney, um, James Blake and his samplers. You can now add Icelandic chanteuse Björk and Syrian singer Omar Souleyman to that list, as they have just got together to record a single.
A press release for Souleyman, whom infuses traditional Arabic singing styles with synthesizers and dance beats, informs us that he has teamed up with Björk for a new record. Not much is known about the collaboration as of yet, but it is said that, whatever it turns out to be, it will be released as a limited twelve-inch, CD and digital release. A street date has yet to be set for the record.
The statement explains that the collaboration will be "the first-ever major western pop release to feature Syrian dabke and Iraqi choubi music." While a label hasn't officially been named to release the project, Souleyman has loosed his last couple of records on Seattle-based global music label Sublime Frequencies.
Souleyman also has a string of tour dates across the globe this year. Check him out if you can.
3/5 Perth, Australia - Perth International Arts Festival
3/6 Melbourne, Australia - North Cote Social Club
3/9 Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-Fi
3/11 Adelaide, Australia - WOMADelaide at Botanic Park
3/12 Sydney, Australia - Annandale Hotel
6/2-5 Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas Festival
6/9-12 Manchester, Tennessee - Bonnaroo Festival
8/5 Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
8/6 London, England - Field Day Festival
9/8-11 Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight — Bestival