Tag: Omar Souleyman

DHA Mix #384 By Alison Swing

Alison Swing is an LA born and raised DJ whose love of records is outweighed only by the thrill of playing them to sweaty crowds. A student of rhythm, Swing has dedicated herself to exploring sounds that can make a body move, a skill she’s put to use spinning across the US, Mexico and Europe. She is the co-founder and resident DJ of Dig Deeper in Los Angeles, the party series in-the-know locals flock to. After a recent relocation to Berlin things haven’t shown any signs of slowing down. She is now the most recent resident of Wilde Renate, has ... Read more

Paradise City Festival: The 3 Best Sets

Paradise City is perfectly named: the intimate festival in Belgium took place from June 29th to July 1st at the stunning Castle domain of Ribaucourt in Belgium. The place is surrounded by little lakes meaning that you get about on bridges made form plastic barrels. There is forest all around, lots of open green space to laze about on and rivers to chill by. The whole festival has a cosy, intimate feel making it perfect for those who like things a little more boutique. With killer sets from the likes of Amp Fiddler & Tony Allen, Henrik Schwarz (Live), Joris ... Read more

Paradise City Festival Returns to Belgium’s Castle Ribaucourt For Fourth Edition

Environmentally aware Paradise City Festival will return for its fourth edition, playing out 29 June – 1 July 2018 at the Castle domain of Ribaucourt in Belgium. Only 15 minutes from Brussels city centre, Paradise City mixes a carefully curated line up with a conscious mission. Now, the first names announced for 2018 include Call Super B2B Objekt, Bedouin, Denis Horvat, DJ Koze, Jennifer Cardini, Kink, Laurent Garnier, Omar Souleyman, Or:la, Jayda G, Red Axes live and Romare live band, with many more to come. Awarded a Highly Commended Award at the A Greener Festival Awards 2017, Paradise City Festival ... Read more

Festival Report: Oasis Festival 2016

When you think of Morocco, the first things that will spring up are probably the classic and romantic connotations from popular fiction like Casablanca and Lawrence Of Arabia (not set in Morocco but you get where I’m going at). What nobody expects in this Northern-African, is a quality dance music festival in a luxurious surrounding with reigning artists like Dixon, The Black Madonna & Tale of Us. So there, in the middle of the desert, just south of the state’s capital of Marrakech, laid Oasis Festival. The festival’s second edition had a change of location and was moved to “The ... Read more

When The Strange Sounds From Beyond Take Over…

June 26 saw the Strange Sounds From Beyond emitted via three stages in Amsterdam’s Noordlicht. The likes of Young Marco, Gilles Peterson, Omar Souleyman, Antal, Ata Kak, and more brought intelligent dance music of all descriptions on a day the dance music establishment (Awakenings) otherwise would have monopolized. Instead, some 3,000 (or so) of the city’s most eclectic party animals danced the day away to the sounds of Syria, Africa, Greece, USA, and way more in a veritable orgy of world sounds. See also: Party Report: Strange Sounds From Beyond The analog feel of the festival was definitely not lost ... Read more

Party Report: Strange Sounds From Beyond

This past weekend, perhaps lost amongst the behemoth that is Awakenings, Amsterdam saw an interesting and diverse festival event. An intimate gathering of eclectic tribalism, Strange Sounds From Beyond descended onto Amsterdam Noord’s Noordlicht space on Sunday, June 26 with three stages of DJs Selectors from around the globe. Curating these stages with musicians from Greece, Syria, UK, NYC, and more, was the renegade trio of Outsiders Festival, Red Light Radio, and The Rest is Noise, each bringing their own respective approach to the event’s sound and feel. On what was a day somewhat volatile in temperature, fluctuating from warm to chilled seemingly by ... Read more

10 Best (Late) 2016 Summer Festivals

Summer is inching towards the halfway mark, with only a few weeks in the mix – it’s time to turn our begoggled eyes to late summer festival season. Its June. Thus far, you’ve probably had an alright summer – but the opportunities to be extraordinarily sinful whilst having copious amounts of ultraviolet rays absolutely burn your body are beginning to wane.  Most of the rave heads have probably made it a few festivals already,  but some of us working-life people are still looking to escape our tragic albinism. That’s why we set out what we think are the ten best festivals during the second half of summer ... Read more

A New Amsterdam Festival Exploring Strange Sounds From Beyond

Underground dance music fans in Amsterdam cannot complain when it comes to both, the amount and the quality, of local festivals. Starting with DGTL in spring, almost every following summer weekend, Amsterdam hosts the world’s top underground dance music acts (including world class local artists), presented via a flawless dutch organisational efforts of Dekmantel, Awakenings, Straf Werk, Pleinvrees, Pitch and so on. However, over the course of Amsterdam’s festival season, a lack of the unexpected musical journey, a fuller diversity of electronic sound can nevertheless be felt.  Don’t get me wrong, there is no denial that these festivals always deliver a top notch standard in every aspect – both party and ... Read more

Oasis Festival Announces Second Wave Of 2016 Acts

Oasis festival has just unveiled a huge second wave of acts set to descend on Marrakesch for the events second edition. Welcoming the likes of David August, Dubfire, Helena Hauff, Job Jobse, Leon Vynehall, Lindstrøm, Maya Jane Coles, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Omar Souleyman, Prins Thomas and more, these new acts will join Dixon, Derrick May, Tale Of Us, The Black Madonna, Bicep, Hunee and more for Morocco’s leading electronic music festival. Furthermore, in addition to the lineup, Oasis has taken an exciting step forward and will take place in Marrakech’ luxurious The Source. The private resort is picture-perfect for ... Read more

The Story Of Souleyman: The Arab Who’s Shaking Up Dance Music

No it is not a joke. And actually far from one. This February the former Syrian wedding musician, Omar Souleyman, is taking over the main stage at Amsterdam’s Melgweg. So it won’t be hard any more to come up with a good reason to explain why you’re listening to a Sunni wedding musician, looking like young Yasser Arafat, rocking his Schwarzenegger sunglasses. The man has had our full attention ever since we saw his 2011 performance at Glastonbury. Who else, if not a Syrian refugee musician himself, one could rightfully ask, would aid his own people in flight from Syrian war by holding shows ... Read more