Shion

Artist: Omar Souleyman
The fact that Omar Souleyman is making music at all is pretty astonishing given he is from the north east region of Syria. Just imagine how tough that must be for one second. His musical style is, astoundingly (again for geo-political reasons) , a blend of cultural types from his locale. Encompassing Sunni Muslim, Kurdish and Ashuri he has risen in popularity and unites through music. Shion is typical of what you would expect of this extraordinary artist. Sure it has a few wavering moments but it is still a great contemporary work from a man very much up against the odds.
Rating: ****
> Gary Trueman