Profile: Omar Souleyman, the Syrian superstar in Turkey
Mouloud Achour flew to Turkey accompanied by Kim Chapiron to film the Clique x Istanbul documentary. Seeking out original and singular characters in the capital of Turkey, the two travelling companions met up with the superstar Omar Souleyman.
The Syrian singer now lives in Istanbul, and has become a true icon both in Turkey and beyond the borders of Asia Minor. Dressed in a djellaba with a keffiyeh adorning his head, this moustachioed 50-something has bowled over the West’s musical elite. Drawing on shrewd mixtures of traditional Syrian music and electro riffs, the musician is renowned for producing party music which hides a relentless cry for liberty and freedom from oppression.