Omar Souleyman is a dabke musician from northeastern Syria, where, before exile, he was a prolific and popular wedding performer. In 2007, his music was repackaged and resold to the world via the American record label Sublime Frequencies. Since then, Souleyman has played Glastonbury, collaborated with Björk and ended up on stage at a Nobel Peace Prize concert. Much has been written about the black-swan quality of his career trajectory, how his music—so commonplace in the Levant—became “cult” for an This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Six Buy Now Related Stories Music Issue 42 Dev Hynes The boundless potential of being a master of none. Music Issue 41 Jon Batiste The band leader on his genre-busting year. Music Issue 36 Roderick Cox In Berlin, Stephanie d’Arc Taylor meets the man who makes music move—orchestra conductor Roderick Cox. Music Issue 36 Peer Review Harry Harris celebrates the legacy of enigmatic performer and “songwriter’s songwriter” Laura Nyro. Music Issue 36 Kali Malone Meet the musician reimagining organ music. Music Issue 32 Coco O Meet the singer who left her band, record label and life in Los Angeles to move home to Copenhagen and go solo.