Category Archives: Omar Souleyman

The City States of the Mind


As your mind struggles to deal with the philosophical horrors of the singularity, a tree sprouts into view in front of you.  Of Knowledge or Of Life you’re not quite sure, distracted as you are by your synthesised neurones firing off faster than your consciousness can handle.

Diego Garcia – Marcha Albionica

Omar Souleyman – Yagbuni

William Onyeabor – Good Name

Your mind — now massively parallelised between various secret inter-continental locations —  is breaking down in much the same way that a cartoon car does at high speed.  Certain parts are tearing themselves away from your conscious while all the time more trees appear.  And is that a mountain range?

A mystic appears just as your memory of school (aged 13-16) is overwritten by a swap file for the Gutenberg Archives.

“My apologies,” says the mystic, “we weren’t quite prepared for the affect this whole process would have…on your reality…do you see?”

You stare blankly at him/her as you assimilate Sumerian and all recorded material on John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez — at the cost of your ability to regulate your heartbeat.  You didn’t need that anyway.

Mazes – Bodies

Slackk – Silk Robe

“We have made for you this place.”

The trees have formed a forest and the sky is being textured.  The lighting on the mountains still isn’t quite right but the way it currently filters through the leaves is quite beautiful.

Fielded – Eve of a New Moon
“You must wait here.  I will return once we have decided what to do.”

Your feet touch down on the cool damp grass.  Before you is a large stone worn flat.  Atop the stone is a goblet containing what looks like mead.  A few meters behind this is an imposing stone wall.  Set into this wall are a pair of enormous iron gates.

Not Waving – Battle Mountain

Seance Centre – Zatopek

You drink the mead, go here.

You walk through the gates, go here.

2013 References

Illustration by Ricardo Garbini for JLB’s The Circular Ruins which is totally about a rampant AI with amnesia.
Finally, three of our favourite groupings of music people got together to put out this:
Click the names to buy the music: Diego García, Omar Souleyman, William Onyeabor, Mazes, Slackk, Fielded, Not Waving, Seance centre.

Once in a lifetime

Hello there, did you know that Sublime Frequencies, most passionate and caring explorers of the global underground have a tour going across the UK and Europe , with Omar Souleyman and Group Doueh playing live? It is happening in Brighton at St. George’s Church on Wednesday, we hear tickets are selling fast so you would be wise to get on with the program and get one, do not miss out.


Omar Souleyman’s Dabke 2020 is being released to coincide with the tour, and if upon listening to Lansob Sherek you don’t immediately delve into the internets most crazed and ravenous to hunt for a spot to see him live, or at least get hold of a copy of the compilation then, sir, you must be real skint, or you are not a worthy reader of this particular blog. Grrr, this comment might be slightly over the top, but then if you roam these pages often and understand what makes us tick, and share that love for all things psychedelic and banging, then it would be hard for me to understand you not being blown away by this Syrian killer, it’s fucking huge- the boom bapping beat & claps strike hard and sparse like a weird melange of Neptunes and Lil’ Louis, while the synthesisers stretch over vast expanses of a desert alive like the powerful wings of a G-Funk eagle and Omar does his thing like he was some sort of wise ultracool MCing djinn, I don’t have a clue about he’s going on about but his vocals are utterly transfixing, totally sick shit.

Omar Souleyman – Lansob Sherek (I make you a trap)

Now if only the show is like this:



Doueh hails from the Western Sahara, a region that has had more than its fair share of pain and struggle over the years. Doueh can play the guitar. I guess ‘playing the guitar’ is a super-lame way of describing what he does, just check out Cheyla Ya Haiuune, which closes his ‘Group Doueh: Guitar Music From The Western Sahara‘ album. This is Gang Gang Dance’s most beautiful summer dream, soulful, amazing and painful above and beyond the lovely melodies and coruscating guitar solos, it sounds like a whole community took part in its birth, and a powerful yet gentle wind brought it to us.

Group Doueh- Cheyla Ya Haiuune