Omar Souleyman: 'To Syria, With Love' marks Omar Souleyman’s third full-length studio record. It is a departure musically and lyrically from his previous material, with focus on more elaborate keyboard and techno elements. Completely setting politics aside, Souleyman consciously shares this personal ode to his native country Syria with an emphasis on his emotional connection to the land and people but not without heartache in view of the nation’s current state. Superimposed over complex electronic arrangements provided by Hasan Alo, the new music is joined with lyrics and poetry co-written by Souleyman’s long-time collaborator Shawah Al Ahmad. Medium to high-speed dabke and baladi styles are heavily featured throughout as Souleyman expresses his overarching longing for collective peace. Taking place 7 February, 2018 at the Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT.