Omar Souleyman returns with a new album, To Syria, With Love, on June 2 (via Mad Decent). The follow-up to Bahdeni Nami, according to a press release, is a “personal ode” to Souleyman’s native country that eschews politics entirely. The record features keys by Hasan Alo and lyrics written by Souleyman’s longtime collaborator Shawah Al Ahmad.
While the connection between Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu was established back in 2006, their partnership truly blossomed with Alma (Ota Music, 2012), a beauty of an album with a soft sell approach. That record—quite possibly the most moving item in either man's discography—prioritized heart over all else, and this follow-up date follows suit.