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Album Review: A Debut Playfully Bending the Rules

A heady sense of irreverence hangs over the debut album from Kuwaisiana, a US-based indie outfit led by Kuwaiti singer-songwriter +Aziz. The record’s wanton style-hopping and language-swapping has the sense not of willfully breaking the rules, but playfully bending them with a swagger and a smile. It may be no coincidence the band was born […]

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⚡Debut Album Announcement ⚡

Our debut album will be released through Universal Music MENA on 5.18. Good things come to those who work their butts off amiright? We’re excited to place our stake in the musical landscape & shake things up a bit. Come boogie with us at Gasa Gasa on Saturday 5.19 for our album release party! Incredibly grateful for my bandmates & […]

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Our Band Story on Patreon

I’m a Kuwaiti musician working with an incredible band in New Orleans. KUWAISIANA is a 7-piece group producing a danceable big band sound with a world music influence; we debuted our album Chapter 1 with Universal Music Middle East (out of Dubai). With your help, we will shape our second chapter & grow to becoming a full-fledged, sustainable touring […]

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Merch Ideas: Pelican with Kuwait Towers

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Take a deep-dive into our lyrics & tracklist

Vintage A song about being discarded. Drawing inspiration from Kuwait’s ‘Friday Market’, where you can find everything from cute animals to scrap machine parts. Vintage is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek story about falling in love with someone from a younger generation and ending up feeling like being sold for cheap in the local flea […]

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Music & Lyrics

Chapter 1

Kuwaisiana’s, Chapter 1, is an awesomely interesting release by an equally intriguing band from New Orleans with bridges to Kuwait who combine the vernacular of topics between there and the US southern region. They cross bread everything from Cajun to Pop music in their combination of styles that never leave out the two areas in which they’re grounded, yet they have a universal appeal in the process. Chapter 1 wins on that premise alone.” James McQuiston, Editor at NeuFutur

Drawing fitfully from their surrounds, the septet’s sonics are bolstered by bursts of brass and the lilt of (apparently synthesized) accordion, conjuring a rootsy, Cajun vibe around +Aziz’s raw, DIY-rock approach. At the best moments, a barn-storming, street-party abandon overcomes these slightly flat, self-produced recordings… But there is a potent spice found amid this audio stew. Split into two “sides” — the first in Arabic, the second English — the lyrics on “Chapter 1” carry subtle weight as a reflection on the modern Arab experience.” Martin Wingham, Arab News

Given the current banal state of popular music, an album and a band like Kuwaisiana are just the tonic that is needed… So here’s to Kuwaisiana for treading new ground and charting a new path. In a musical landscape that sometimes feels too cookie-cutter and too safe, Kuwaisiana are paving new ground, and hot damn, it is awe-inspiring.” Greg Robson, Step Inside This House