EDM encompasses such a large swath of music that it can be an almost entirely unhelpful classification.
Whether it’s techno’s hypnotic four-to-the-flour beat or the aggressive stylings of drum and bass, it’s all EDM. One artist that may not immediately come to mind, however, is Omar Souleyman, the Syrian wedding singer turned international dance icon.
Souleyman’s style of music is owed mostly to traditional Arabic Dabke music. Before his current status, he was a well-known wedding singer in his home town of Tell Tamer with a discography of over 500 separate albums recorded during his live performances. In 2011, tensions in Syria rose to a point that Souleyman decided to flee his beloved home country to neighboring Turkey. He continued to write music that promoted love, affection and positivity. These notions would resonate very well with lovers of EDM in the Western world as he slowly started to develop a cult following abroad.