Syrian singer Omar Souleyman has been released from prison in Turkey – archyde

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 arrested on alleged links with Kurdish militants.

Omar Almasikh – the singer’s real name – was allowed to roam free by a local court in Turkey’s Syrian border province of Sanliurfa after making a statement to security forces, the source said. Continue reading

After starting his career at weddings and other events in Northern Syria, Omar Souleyman has achieved international fame in recent years with his upbeat electronic music.

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He has released several albums and worked with musicians such as Bjork and Four Tet, and played at the UK’s Glastonbury Festival and a 2013 Nobel Peace Prize concert.

He has lived in Sanliurfa for about a decade after leaving Syria, like about 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey who fled the Ten Years’ War.

The musician was accused of being a member of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which sees Ankara as a terrorist organization and an extension of the militant group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been leading an uprising against the Turkish state since 1984.

His manager denied claims that he was part of a militant group.

The Turkish military has carried out three cross-border operations against the YPG in Syria and has often arrested people domestically for alleged links to the PKK.

Omar Souleyman has said that his vibrant music, which blends electronic and folk music, is influenced by elements from the Arab, Kurdish and other cultures of the region.

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Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Dominic Evans and Giles Elgood

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