We headed to the airport in our honeymoon taxi. Step on the gas boy!
Headed to the airport, making out on the way.
Finally, I’m married!
A candle melting in my lap.
Butterflies tickle my tummy.
Can’t contain myself, can’t walk straight.
I was doing the dishes in the kitchen.
So far away from the latest trends.
She returned home and gave me a kiss
Every day is the same,
a brilliant golden opportunity.
Watch the tea, doesn’t it seem like it’s done?
You forgot about it, I think it’s boiling.
Look at the tea! Doesn’t it look finished?
You burnt the tea!
My attention fragmented.
They gave me a yellow card.
Listen to your parents,
they understand better than you.
We were walking in our neighborhood
We saw a chatty street cat,
“Oh you idiot, what are you doing in the kitchen?”
A cloud above the valley.
A dagger tickles my cheek.
Gasoline on my wound.
Medicate me through the hardships.
Oh, you groom! (repeated)
رحنا عالمطار (كا هو) تكسي شهر العسل
خذلك دوس (يا ولد) البنزين
رحنا عالمطار إيدها بيدي
ما بَغيت اتزوّج
شمعة تذوب اب حضني
فراشة دشّت بطني
مو قادر امسك نفسي
سيدة ما اقدر امشي
( روح )
بالمطبخ (شيبت) كنت اغسل امّاعين
وينى صوب (فاصل) آخر موضة
ردّت البيت (چان) تعطيني بوسا
كل يوم نفس الشيء روعة رنانة
شوف الچاي (عل چوله) مو جنّا خلص؟
ناسي الچاي (وخّر) مو چنّا يغلي؟ (عَنَّه)
شوف الچاي (حبّي) مو جنّا خلص؟
مشتت انتباهي كرت اصفر عطوني
اسمع كلام اهلك فهمانين احسن منّك
( خوش )
كنّا نتمشّى اب فريجنا
شفنا قطوة بالعة رادو
آه يا حمار
غيمة فوق الوادي
خنجر يدغدغ خدّي
بنزين على جَرحي
داويني طول المآسي
Music & Lyrics
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!
This EP was recorded at Marigny Studios in New Orleans (2021) right before +Aziz’s relocation The 25-minute EP presents a full-bodied sound, mixing funk, rock, ska with New Orleanian jazz, adding a unique twist to what Indie Arab Rock can sound like. As the pandemic wore us all down, the band leader relocated to Seattle to push forward with his vision.
“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