Chapter 2

Sink your teeth into Kuwaisiana’s Chapter 2 release, a 5-track exploration of Khaleeji and Arab-American identity. 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 6-piece blends funk, rock, ska with New Orleanian jazz, adding a unique twist to what Indie Arab Rock can sound like.

Born out of +Aziz’s desire to explore parallels between American and Khaleeji cultures, Chapter 2 is the band’s followup EP to Chapter 1, which was released through Universal Music MENA. This 22-minute EP deepens the band’s exploration of the day-to-day experiences of Arab-American youth and the evolving viewpoints of Khaleejis living in the Arabian Peninsula. It will be self-released on Bandcamp and then published to streaming platforms.

Lyrically, +Aziz explores the cultures he knows so well through his metaphor-rich lyrics, which sustain a tension between conversational and a more evocative, poetic perspective. Kuwaisiana is making progress at a time when so much of the world is in flux. Give the EP a listen!


3arees means groom. This is the first song we’ve recorded with a clear Khaleeji rhythm. I wanted to write something tongue-in-cheek, similar in feeling to Bara7a, that focuses on the honeymoon phase and domestication. I’m really proud of the clapping section on this one! In Pat’s words. “It nearly killed us.”

Cymbal of this City

Cymbal of this City Single Art

A song about finding purpose and establishing your voice in the face of loneliness. This song was born out of a desire to overcome alienation. Something I experienced a lot after moving to the US, particularly in urban life.
Once I introduced the song to the band, we were able to elevate it with a driving force and a catchy hook! Probably the only true “hook” on the EP actually.

Orange Klan

We’ve been covering The Specials’ Ghost Town for a while, so we tapped into that freaky energy for this one. I love the juxtaposition of a depressive-manic verse against the dancy-bright chorus. To me it reflects the extreme ups and downs of our time.
The song unfolds to suggest a connection between the family separation tragedy on America’s borders as well as the xenophobic, anti-expat frenzy that Kuwait is in.


Guwwa means power or hello in my dialect. It’s a song about asking for forgiveness and trying to correct affairs after wronging somebody… someone who had helped me out in a big way. Power rests in our relationships with one another and this song tries to put a focus on the importance of taking care of others, speaking and acting truthfully.
Guwwa was born out of an experience where I burned a bridge and started to demonize myself. We eventually patched things up, but the song was written during a time when the person I wronged was not responding.


Bara7a by Kuwaisiana

They said, why are you dressed in all-black? Your fingernails are painted, you’re like a girl!