SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Hello Psychaleppo (Syria/USA)


Date: 11 November 2020Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 11 November 2020Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Concert

Hailing from one of the most mystical and musically rich cities in the Levant, Hello Psychaleppo is deeply rooted in Arabic music tradition, captivating listeners with melodic strains of Tarab, threaded seamlessly together with the convoluted sounds of electronic music. Hello Psychaleppoʼs compelling visual presentation is integral to the live experience that engages the soul and moves the body. Hello Psychaleppo is the brain child of Aleppian music producer and visual artist Samer Saem Eldahr. Hello Psychaleppoʼs 2013 debut album “Gool Lʼah”, pioneered the music genre of Electro-Tarab and gained a credible following. The album was the first of its kind, combining Arabic music theory and rhythms with electronic music tools and sounds creating a harmonious blend that is Electro-Tarab. VICE Magazine described the music as, “A pastiche of twitchy electronic sounds and golden age Arab pop music of the 1950s and 60s. It is alternately danceable and cathartic, melancholic and apocalyptic. Itʼs Massive Attack meets Abdel Halim Hafez.” Hello Psychaleppo has released three full albums, ‘Gool Lʼahʼ (2013), ʼHA!ʼ (2014) and ‘Toyourʼ (2017) creating a journey for listeners into the world of Arabic melodies, elaborate arrangements, and cathartic dance music.

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Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum

Catch Samer Saem Eldahr (Hello Psychaleppo) and Clara Wenz discussing Electro-Tarab and the Role of Sampling in Times of Displacement as part of the Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum.