Sublime Frequencies collaborator Mark Gergis has started his own label, Sham Palace. The first release on Sham Palace will be a double LP by Omar Souleyman, titled Leh Jani, a 30 minute version of Souleyman's signature track originally released on cassette in Syria.
Gergis says: "I've started the label in order to be able to share more of this mountain of sounds and images I've been accumulating from around the world for almost two decades." As well as vintage releases, Sham Palace will include "later-period music, long-form pieces harvested from international cassettes, electronic folk pop and even some contemporary artists", primarily from the Middle East and South East Asia.
Gergis has worked on Cambodian Cassette Archives, Choubi Choubi! Folk & Pop Sounds From Iraq, plus Omar Souleyman releases, and will continue to work with Sublime Frequencies as well as on Sham Palace. Leh Jani will be released on 22 November, and Souleyman tours Europe in December.