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⚡ Working in Arabic and English, Kuwaisiana is a full-bodied band producing a danceable, dynamic sound that draws on world music and indie rock. Led by Kuwaiti singer-songwriter +Aziz, the sextet blends funk, rock, ska with New Orleanian jazz, adding a unique twist to Alternative Arab Music can sound like. ⚡

In-Depth Interview with the Band Leader (2020)

فرقة كويزيانا تجسد خليطًا ثقافيًا جديدًا، وهو خليط يوضّح تأثير ثقافة العَوَلمَة المتغيّرة على شباب اليوم وصقلها لهويّتهم. كويزيانا هي فرقة تقدّم صنفًا مستقلّاً من الروك المُتأثِّر بالموسيقى العالمية. لذا بإمكاننا – على ذلك – تسميته بـ(الروك الخليجي) أو (الروك العالمي).

تركّزت تلك المحادثات حول تسليط الضؤ على نقاط التشابه بين الثقافتين الخليجية (الكويتية) والأمريكية. يتسّم أسلوب +عزيز في الروك بامتناعه عن التقليد. ضمن جهوده لاكتشاف ألوان مختلفة من الموسيقى العالميّة.

“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)

“At its core, the band is first and foremost a funk, rock, reggae band with the emphasis on spirit and personal authenticity. The band folds Arabic lyrics and musical touches into the arrangements, but they’re the seasoning, not the sauce.” Alex Rawls, Alex Rawls, My Spilt Milk (2018)

“Chapter 1 is amazingly excellent. The mixture of reggae, rock, funkadelic pop, and Arabic sonic patterns produces thrilling harmonics, a kind of reckless dynamism, and hormonal exuberance.” Randall Radic, BlogCritics

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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

is Kuwaisiana's drummer. He hails from France and plays a key role in arranging songs.

Patrick Driscoll

has over 16 years of experience in the world of percussive arts. He cut his teeth with Chicago bands Get up with the Get Downs, Videobug, and Dust Bunnies. Upon recently moving to the beautiful city of New Orleans, he has been privileged to play with KUWAISIANA and 2nd Chance Brass Band. He is also an educator, teaching young children the basics of brass band music as part of an after-school program for the Art Klub. His performance hijinx over the years have led him to open up for Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Youngblood Brass Band, The Diplomats of Solid Sound, and Low Cut Connie. It should be noted he is also an ardent lover of cats.

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. Besides music, Nick loves travel, the outdoors, beer, Star Wars, the ocean, and New Orleans. 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. He started his musical journey with piano when he was three years old and a few years later he started studying classical piano part-time at the Istanbul Conservatory. He picked up the trumpet in middle school and it has been his primary instrument since. During high school he became very interested in jazz and attended the Bahcesehir University certificate program. Upon graduating high school, Dehan wanted to be closer to the roots of the musical idiom he wanted to study and chose to move to New Orleans to attend Tulane University. He recently graduated from Tulane University where he had been studying under the guidance of Jesse McBride and Jim Markway. Kuwaisiana'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.

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