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⚡ Kuwaisiana was developed by Kuwaiti songwriter +Aziz pre-COVID during his years living in Louisiana. The sextet’s sound blends funk, rock, ska with New Orleanian jazz, adding a unique twist to Alternative Arab Music can sound like.

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The band’s debut release dropped in 2018 with the support of Universal MENA in Dubai. Chapter 2 was released independently in 2021. Chapter 3 comes in 2022 to close out the trilogy. See what others had to say about Kuwaisiana below!⚡

تجسد الفرقة التراث الفكري والموسيقي لـ +عزيز، وهو شخص يعبر عن أولئك العالميين المتجذرين خليجيًا – استنادًا إلى التراث الفني الغني للعالم العربي والكويت، بجانب التدريب الأكاديمي في التسويق الذي حصل عليه في الولايات المتحدة.

وجد +عزيز مجموعة من الشركاء الموسيقيين المتنوعين الوافدين من مناطق متنوعة كجنوب كاليفورنيا وفرنسا. في 2019، أقاموا كُوَيْزِيانا…

أصدرت الفرقة أغاني بكلمات عربية وإنجليزية تتطرق إلى العائلة والزواج واللاجئين والسياسة، وثقافة الشباب، ومواضيع أخرى. فيديوهات الجماعة أيضًا متنوعة، مع صور من كل من الولايات المتحدة والعالم العربي، وتشمل مشهدًا، في فيديو “براحة” الذي يتم فيه سكب الفيمتو- وهو شراب بريطاني يُستخدم بشكل واسع في رمضان في العالم العربي- في قفاز البيسبول.

In New Orleans, +Aziz found a group of varied musical partners hailing from places as diverse as Southern California and France… Over the last three years, the band has released songs with Arabic and English lyrics that touch on family, marriage, refugees, politics, youth culture, and other themes. The group’s videos are also varied, with images from both the United States and Arab world, including a scene, in the “Bara7a” video, in which Vimto – a British drink widely consumed during Ramadan in the Arab world – is poured onto a baseball mitt.

Sean Foley, The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (2021)

Traversing cultural boundaries, social commentary and musical exploration, a Kuwaiti artist is creating a new vision of Arab and Khaleeji music can be seen. Kuwaisiana mixes elements of funk, rock and reggae with evocative poetic lyrics about the day-to-day lives of Arab-American youth and the evolving viewpoint of Khaleejis living in the Arabian Peninsula.

Ali Al-Saeed, Arab News (2020)

Heavily driven by guitar rock, +Aziz also mixes elements of jazz, funk and Afrobeat in what he calls his “outsider music”. He concedes it can feel alien to both Arabs and Americans.

Ali Khaled, The National, UAE (2021)

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Meet the Band

+Aziz

Kuwaisiana's band leader. Flawed but friendly. +Aziz is a Kuwaiti indie rocker who sings/writes in Arabic & English. He pays his bills through freelance marketing work.

Matthieu

Kuwaisiana's drummer. He hails from France and played a key role in arranging songs developed 2016-2021.

Patrick Driscoll

has over 16 years of experience in the world of percussive arts. He's also an educator, teaching young children the basics of brass band music.

Nick Ferreirae

is a tenor sax player originally from San Diego, California. He moved to New Orleans in 2013 to study jazz in the city of its birth at Tulane University. While his musical focus is primarily jazz, Kuwaisiana has allowed him to explore other styles of musical expression while incorporating his jazz knowledge. Some of his influences and favorite musicians/groups are Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Snarky Puppy, Tower of Power, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kanye West, NxWorries, Led Zeppelin, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Frank Ocean, Thundercat, and Flying Lotus.

Dehan Elçin

hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, where he was born and raised. +Aziz's vision of bringing different musical idioms together excites him a lot, as he wants to connect his Middle Eastern musical roots with the music of the Big Easy. Currently, he is also a part of the Next Generation Band and EMCM Jazz Orchestra.

Sam Levine

Since earning degrees in Jazz Studies and English, Sam has spent the past eight years writing, recording, and performing a diverse array of original independent music in New Orleans. Before joining Kuwaisiana, he toured nationally with The Winter Sounds, handled bass and synth duties for local neo-soul outfit Saint Bell, and founded his own cerebral and psychedelic guitar-rock quartet, Skelatin.