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Omar Souleyman: The Syrian folk singer loved in the US

21 October 2013 Last updated at 01:57 BST

Omar Souleyman's music started as part of Syrian tradition, but he has made his name in the US indie music scene.

Born in a village in the north of Syria, Souleyman originally sang at weddings in the style known as dabke.

Now an American label is releasing his work - a fast, electronic version of dabke, sung in Arabic and Kurdish - and Souleyman is going on tour.

Produced by the BBC's Anna Bressanin. New York concert footage courtesy of NPR Music.

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