Omar Souleyman is recently trending on social media after being detained on a “terrorist propaganda” charge. Some say he is a living legend and he is loved by many all around the world. The “Free Omar” was trending on social media just recently. Let’s get to know more about him.
Who is Omar Souleyman?
Omar Souleyman is a 55 years old famous Syrian singer who started his career as a part-time wedding singer in his native al-Hasakah Governorate. He is also a farmer from the village of Tell Tamer near the city of Ra’s al-‘Ayn on the Syria–Turkey border.
Since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, he has been living in Turkey. Souleyman is a kind-hearted man as he established a free bakery in the border town of Akçakale in order to serve poor families from Turkey and Syria refugees.
He has kept his personal details under the wraps from media and the Internet so not much is known about him. However, he has a son named Mather who is already married in Turkey on 29th March 2017. As you might have guessed it the part-time wedding singer would perform in his son’s wedding ceremony. You can watch the performance video down below.
The information regarding his educational qualification is not disclosed yet. But we will try our best to update this section as soon as possible.
In 1994, he began his career with several musicians with who he still performs. Since then he has released an estimated 500 studio and live albums under his name, around 80% of those releases are recordings made at weddings that are presented to the married couple. The recordings were later sold and copied at local kiosks.
In an interview, he said that his style of music is built for live performances that make you move. Sounds of keyboards, electronic beats, and vocals really support his statement and make his music original.
Omar Souleyman’s “Warni Warni” is the most popular music video on YouTube that has over 94 million views and with over 600 thousand likes. The video was released on 22 October 2013 and you can watch it below.
According to his son, a local security source, and the Turkish media, The Turkish authorities had detained the famous Syrian musician Omar Souleyman over alleged links to a banned Kurdish militia. Turkish gendarmerie forces detained him from his home in the Turkish southeastern border city of Sanliurfa after the search warrant had been issued for the singer’s real name.
He has been accused of being a member of a terrorist organization called the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia. Turkish military frequently detains people domestically for alleged links to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and has already carried out three cross-border operations against them.
The police had received a tip about his whereabouts before detaining the singers. And according to his son, the arrest might have happened due to a malicious report against him. On Wednesday, His son confirmed that his father’s arrest to the Syrian North Press agency. His manager told that he was taken for questioning in Sanliurfa.
Released after arrest
On November 19, he was released from detention in Turkey. According to his lawyer, he was released after being questioned in relation to a “terrorist propaganda” charge. His manager also told that the singer denies belonging to any militant group.
Lots of people and fans are happy that he is released from detention.
His presence on social media
He is available on various social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. However, he hasn’t posted for about a year on any of his social media handles. Currently, he has over 18.5 K followers on Instagram and 66 K followers on Facebook. He also has a Twitter account that has lost 5 K followers. The link to his social media handles is listed below.
You can also listen to his music on myspace and the link to his profile is given below.