Music from Syria and the Sahara heads to Norwich

The first Sublime Frequencies tour comes to Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday (8pm). It brings to the UK two acts who have released albums on the label - Group Doueh and Omar Souleyman.

The first Sublime Frequencies tour comes to Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday (8pm). It brings to the UK two acts who have released albums on the label - Group Doueh and Omar Souleyman.

Omar Souleyman is a musical legend in Syria. For the past 15 years, he and his group have emerged as a staple of folk-pop throughout the country, having issued more than 500 studio and live cassette albums. Frantic Arabic keyboard solos provided by the Rizan Sa'id intertwine with reeds, stringed instruments and percussion. Long-time collaborator Mahmoud Harbi accompanies Omar for an onstage collaboration.

Group Doueh, from Dakhla, in the western Sahara, are led by guitarist Bamaar Salmou - simply as Doueh (pronounced "Doo-way'"). Their sound is rooted in the traditional foundations of Sahrawi/Hassania music, but also incorporating a pop and rock element. Group Doueh have been playing together for over 20 years.

There will also be DJ sets from Mark Gergis and Alan Bishop, from the Sublime Frequencies label.

t 01603 660352 (�10, concs �8) Norwich Arts Centre box office; or www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

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