Thanks to Spotify, I keep finding these interesting contemporary musical acts. This video is from the Icelandic group Samaris. I had never heard of them until I was reading an Omar Souleyman interview on Apartamento’s issue #12. My curiosity drove me to Spotify his music and related artists, I was surprised to see Samaris’s artwork in Souleyman’s similar artists list, since expectations were to find more Dabke musicians. When I heard this song “Goda Fungl” I felt similar as when I heard artists as King Krule, Fever Ray, Gonja Sufi, Nicolas Jaar, and the likes for the first time, the similarities might be obvious, but I’ve come to find that very few artists are able to convey such sentiments to an audience successfully. I also didn’t know much about Omar either, had seen his name and pictures around, and to my perception he was probably another popular Muslim artist, which I would not understand, but as I read his interview I realized that there were a few things that I could relate to.
When the interviewer, Alia Farid, asks him about what artists he listens to outside the Arab world, he replies “What like a Western artist? I only listen to Bjork” right away I wanted to listen to this guy’s work, I mean can you picture this dude enjoying violently happy? Well, yes, after listening to his music you can. Check out his recent collaboration with Four Tet. In the Apartamento interview he keeps stating his discontent with the current Syrian conflict and explains why he had to leave his home in Syria to live in Turkey until things settled over there.