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Syrian singer Omar Souleyman released from custody in Turkey - Reuters
Syrian musician Omar Souleyman was released from custody in Turkey on Friday, his manager and a local security source said, two days after he was detained for alleged links to Kurdish militants.
ISTANBUL, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Syrian musician Omar Souleyman was released from custody in Turkey on Friday, his manager and a local security source said, two days after he was detained for alleged lin… [+1634 chars]

2021-11-19 10:08:00




Turkey detains Syrian singer Omar Souleyman over alleged links to Kurdish militants - Reuters
Turkish authorities have detained internationally-known Syrian musician Omar Souleyman over alleged links to Kurdish militants, a local security source and Turkish media said on Wednesday.
ISTANBUL, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Turkish authorities have detained internationally-known Syrian musician Omar Souleyman over alleged links to Kurdish militants, a local security source and Turkish media … [+1535 chars]

2021-11-17 17:08:00




Meet the Oud, the “King of All Instruments” Whose Origins Stretch Back 3500 Years Ago to Ancient Persia
The word oud might make some people think of fragrances. Tom Ford’s Oud Wood currently sets fashionistas back between $263 and $360 a bottle: oud can refer to “agarwood,” a very rare ingredient in perfumes. But regular Open Culture readers may be more familia…
The word oud might make some people think of fragrances. Tom Fords Oud Wood currently sets fashionistas back between $263 and $360 a bottle: oud can refer to agarwood, a very rare ingredient in perfu… [+3432 chars]
Josh Jones
2021-11-17 15:00:29




How '2 Lizards' and Meriem Bennani Captured the Essence of 2020
With the animated video series “2 Lizards,” Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki captured the essence of 2020. Now, Bennani’s at work on a documentary about living in limbo.
IN MARCH 2020, when Covid-19 was ripping through New York and the city locked down, Meriem Bennani felt an impulse to make a video. An animator and artist whose work sits at the intersection of homem… [+19696 chars]
Sasha Weiss
2021-12-01 13:00:12




Clubhouse update brings live captions to iOS users
Clubhouse on Thursday released an update to its iOS app that finally enables live captions for audio rooms. This is one of the most anticipated features for users since the launch of Clubhouse, as the social network is entirely audio-based. As a result, peopl…
Clubhouse on Thursday released an update to its iOS app that finally enables live captions for audio rooms. This is one of the most anticipated features for users since the launch of Clubhouse, as th… [+1394 chars]
Filipe Espósito
2021-11-18 20:30:15




Machine learning improves Arabic speech transcription capabilities
Thanks to advancements in speech and natural language processing, there is hope that one day you may be able to ask your virtual assistant what the best salad ingredients are. Currently, it is possible to ask your home gadget to play music, or open on voice c…
Thanks to advancements in speech and natural language processing, there is hope that one day you may be able to ask your virtual assistant what the best salad ingredients are. Currently, it is possib… [+8391 chars]
Ahmed Ali
2021-11-24 14:20:07




Omar Khorshid: Giant + Guitar
Read Megan Iacobini de Fazio’s review of the album.
In the early 1970s, Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid left Al Firka Al Masiya, one of the most celebrated orchestras in Egypt, and set off to form his own band. When asked about this decision years la… [+4203 chars]
Megan Iacobini de Fazio
2021-12-01 05:00:00

Towards a grammar of rhythm
Hassan Munshi has been working on text setting in Arabic music. An important piece of the problem is how to represent the musical rhythms involved, and it's worth noting that (as with classical Greek and Latin meters) the musical and poetic meters are founded…
« previous post | Hassan Munshi has been working on text setting in Arabic music. An important piece of the problem is how to represent the musical rhythms involved, and it's worth noting that (as … [+8106 chars]
Mark Liberman
2021-11-13 15:06:18




How Jana Traboulsi’s diasporic perspective and a rekindling with land have fuelled her Jameel Prize-winning work
The Lebanese multi-disciplinary artist and creative director originally saw the disconnect with her cultural history as a handicap. Here she discusses how it has in fact enriched her practice and continues to be a point of exploration within her work.
Interestingly, an important part of what inspired Janas current style started as a handicap: that of having difficulties talking in my own language. As a Lebanese person who grew up in France during … [+4032 chars]
Dalia Al-Dujaili
2021-11-26 11:30:00




‘Cello’: First Look At Jeremy Irons & Tobin Bell In Darren Lynn Bousman Horror Film Shot In Saudi Arabia
EXCLUSIVE: Here are your first look images of Jeremy Irons (House of Gucci) and Saw star Tobin Bell in recently-wrapped horror movie Cello, which we brought you news of last week. Filming completed last week on the under-the-radar English- and Arabic-language…
EXCLUSIVE: Here are your first look images of Jeremy Irons (House of Gucci) and Saw star Tobin Bell in recently-wrapped horror movie Cello, which we brought you news of last week. Filming completed … [+1323 chars]
Andreas Wiseman
2021-11-09 11:51:05




Sabah Fakhri: Tenor who helped preserve classical Arabic music
Often accompanied by a band playing traditional instruments, Fakhri popularised tarab, an emotive form of singing, and enchanted crowds across the world
Sabah Fakhri, a commanding Syrian tenor who helped preserve classical Arabic music with marathon-length concerts around the world, including one 10-hour performance without break in Caracas, Venezuel… [+4057 chars]
Sarah Dadouch
2021-11-08 00:01:00




Turkey detains Syrian singer Omar Souleyman on ‘terror’ charges
The singer was taken into custody from his home in Sanliurfa over alleged links to banned Kurdish militia, sources say.
Turkish authorities have detained internationally-known Syrian musician Omar Souleyman over alleged links to a banned Kurdish militia, his son, a local security source and Turkish media said. A sear… [+2798 chars]
Al Jazeera
2021-11-18 08:16:07




Rapper Asian Doll facing backlash for hosting ‘Indian-themed’ party
The rapper Asian Doll is facing backlash on social media after announcing and selling tickets to her Indian-themed birthday party.
The rapper Asian Doll is facing backlash on social media after announcing and selling tickets to her Indian-themed birthday party.  The rapper, whose real name is Misharron Jermeisha Allen, grew up … [+1879 chars]
Sakshi Venkatraman
2021-11-29 21:28:15




globalFEST returns to Webster Hall in 2022 (lineup & tickets)
There will be an accompanying virtual edition, presented in conjunction with NPR's Tiny Desk, as well. Continue reading…
Annual NYC festival globalFEST had to go virtual in 2021, but it'll be back at Webster Hall in 2022 on January 16. There will be a virtual edition this year too, though -- once again presented in con… [+3060 chars]
Andrew Sacher
2021-11-09 14:09:57




Omar Souleyman: singer held by Turkey over alleged militant links is freed
Syrian questioned by police after reports he has ties to banned Kurdish People’s Protection UnitsCelebrated Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, who has performed at festivals around the world, has been released after being detained over alleged links to Kurdish mil…
Celebrated Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, who has performed at festivals around the world, has been released after being detained over alleged links to Kurdish militants. Souleyman was freed at 10.30… [+1830 chars]
AFP in Ankara
2021-11-19 22:23:28




Syrian musician Omar Souleyman held on terrorism charges in Turkey
Arrest relates to alleged membership of Kurdistan Workers’ party, which is proscribed by Turkey and the westThe Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, who has performed at festivals around the world, has reportedly been arrested in Turkey on terrorism charges relate…
The Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, who has performed at festivals around the world, has reportedly been arrested in Turkey on terrorism charges related to alleged membership of the Kurdistan Workers… [+2476 chars]
Bethan McKernan Middle East correspondent
2021-11-17 17:14:14




This oud player lives for music, steers clear of politics
Wassim Odeh has performed with Arabs and Jews his entire life, and believes 'good music speaks to everyone'
Oud player Wassim Odeh has performed in the annual Oud Festival more than once, but this year will be a first — as he is playing with his own band, swapping out a guitar and saxophone in favor of an … [+1731 chars]

2021-11-16 21:59:05




The Ancient History of Intelligent Machines
Artificial servants, autonomous killing machines, surveillance systems, and sex robots have been part of the human imagination for thousands of years.
Robots have histories that extend far back into the past. Artificial servants, autonomous killing machines, surveillance systems, and sex robots all find expression from the human imagination in work… [+13985 chars]

2021-11-24 14:01:23




War Starts
22nd May 1990. The two Yemens, north and south, become one. The mood of the world seems to be for the dissolution of old animosities. In that same week, East and West Germany sign a treaty to begin reunification, the US and USSR agree to destroy their chemica…
22nd May 1990. The two Yemens, north and south, become one. The mood of the world seems to be for the dissolution of old animosities. In that same week, East and West Germany sign a treaty to begin r… [+10339 chars]
Kevin Rushby
2021-12-05 17:55:11




What is culture?
Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.
Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. The Center for Advanced Research on Language Ac… [+12396 chars]
Kim Ann Zimmermann
2021-11-16 22:21:31
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