Who goes there
Have you been waiting for long?
You seem to be losing patience.

Time to retreat into the wilderness.
Don’t need no recommendation.

Can we be friends again, pick it up, make amends at the end?
Ghosting at the roundabout – one foot in, one foot out.
If you could only meet me halfway…

We done, I’m gone.
Time to move on.
Betrayed my expectations.

Switchin up the conversation, ditch it into the ocean.
Ghosting feel so nice – no need to tell me twice.
I’m on the outside, meet me halfway.
But it’s too late to change you.

طبل بس لا تسوي سمرة چاب / كتب
مستثقل نفسك ورنا الكشرة

He shows up late, he’s out of mind (Solo)
Drunk by the lightness of being (Yea Yea)

Nothing I can say will find us a new day.
Ghosting feel so nice – tiptoeing on thin ice.
If you could only see what I see – my brother.

I’m on the outside, ringing the bell
But there’s no way to change you.

طبل بس لا تسوي سمرة – چاب / كتب
مستثقل نفسك ورنا الكشرة – چاب / كتب
طلع كل حرتك فيني – عطنا الزبدة

بسك بيع احلام وردية
طول اليوم ويهك بالشاشة في عالم افتراضي
من موسم، لي موسم – محّد فينا اتعلّم
جو ماطر ,قلب ميّت – حيل آسف على باجر

طبل بس لا تسوي سمرة
(I’m very very tired and it’s getting very late)
مستثقل نفسك ورنا الكشرة
(I’m very very tired and it’s getting very late)
طول اليوم ويهك بالشاشة
‏ايام ذهبية راحت
الكيماوي دش بعروقي
لا تتحسف على الماضي

طلع كل حرتك فيني
شمّخ, قطع – اقلب ويهك
الكيماوي دش بعروقي
لا تتحسف داش بالحامي


Music & Lyrics

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!

Chapter 3

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.

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