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⚡ With songs in Arabic & English, Kuwaisiana is a bilingual rock trio based in Seattle-Tacoma area with nodes in music communities across the US & Middle East ????

Guided by +Aziz’s Kuwaiti-American identity, the bilingual band draws inspiration from 90’s rock, punk/ska and funk to provide raw articulations of Arab angst and the bliss of celebrating unity through music.

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The band started as an 8-piece in New Orleans (2016) making 3 releases (19 tracks). +Aziz re-formed the band as a 3-piece in Seattle (2022) and plans to drop a new EP in 2023 ⚡

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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