Syrian wedding singer turned Mad Decent signee (and major festival essential) Omar Souleyman is set to release his third studio album, titled To Syria, With Love, this Friday. In anticipation of the record release, Souleyman has dropped album cut “Chobi” – a 7-minute banger and the album’s closing track. As is explained in the track’s description…
The basis for the song is a sincere homesickness for Souleyman’s Al-Jazira (his native region in north eastern Syria), as an English translation of the lyrics demonstrates, “When will our alienation end so we can go back home? We miss gathering together under the shade of our tree. The soul is tormented by our longing…”
Listen to “Chobi” above.
To Syria, With Love comes out this Friday, June 2nd on Mad Decent. You can also catch Souleyman live at the dates below.
05/31 – Dopenhagen, DE @ Distortion
06/03-04 – London, UK @ Field Day Festival
06/25 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
07/21 – Sheffield, UK @ Tramlines
08/16-19 – Kiewit, BE @ Pukkelpop