Electronic artist and musician Samer Saem Eldahr, better known as Hello Psychaleppo, in Minneapolis.
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When Samer Saem Eldahr finished university, he was ready to spread his wings and start his career.There would be no realistic option to return from Lebanon to his home in Aleppo, which was descending into war. He left behind his music and art studio containing most of his equipment and paintings.Hello Psychaleppo is among several Syrian-American acts on the road, sharing music and messages about their homeland as the conflict rages on.The concert, which aims to raise funds for Syrian relief efforts, includes rapper/poet Omar Offendum, funk and soul outfit Bassel & The Supernaturals, among others.Eldahr combines styles just as he does worlds. He describes his sound as "electro-tarab," blending electronic music with the ethos of tarab – the emotional, ecstatic effect associated with some forms of eastern classical music.Eldahr knows art can only go so far to help Syria.
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