Björk has announced that she has recorded a collaboration with the Syrian musician Omar Souleyman. Few details about the album have been made available, but it will come out as a limited edition 12-inch record, CD and digital download at some point this year. The record is said to include elements of Syrian dabke and Iraqi choubi music.
Though Souleyman has been making records since the mid-Nineties, his music has only recently become commercially available in the United States thanks to a series of releases on the small American label Sublime Frequencies. His music typically blends traditional Arabic music styles with electronic beats and keyboards.
Björk Collaborates With Omar Souleyman [Pitchfork]