Hussam Al Assaf is a heartfelt vocalist and oud player hailing from Syria. He’s been performing publicly since 2005, offering his unique slant on traditional folk music. After a short stint in the Jordanian capital of Amman, he immigrated to Canada, landing in Halifax in 2016. We witnessed Hussam performing this winter alongside Iranian composer Mohammad Sahraei (who’ll be joining again during OBEY), his rich vocals and powerful playing completely mesmerized us.