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 act.

3 Reasons to Give :

  • Let’s tackle widespread misunderstandings of Arab, Persian, Desi and MENA cultures (i.e. foster cross-cultural understanding).
  • Amplify 3rd culture music! My identity is comprised of being a native Middle Eastern artist with American roots.
  • Help Kuwaisiana cover expenses until we can cover them ourselves! Your support will help us cover production costs, practice space rental, etc. In return, you’ll get thoughtful rewards, my eternal gratitude & a highly personalized experience of what goes on behind the scenes.

My Patreon dollars go towards supporting my bandmates & the production engine of Kuwaisiana. If you believe in my voice & my ability to foster cross-cultural understanding, please support me on Patreon!

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Music & Lyrics

Chapter 2

Chapter 2 is Kuwaisiana’s follow-up installment, 5 tracks of glory from New Orleans’ finest mixing world music and rock.

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