It’s been ages in the making
This Gulf is disappearing.
Happy planets, eat humans
I see redness, in the distance.
The best coast burns slowly
for everyone to see.
Black smoke in the air
rising from the electric chair.
Yes, candles are burning
in place of police sirens.
Their hate groups are old news
Hiding in plain view.
Sing with me – sink slowly
on golden shores, we cheer.
Hands up in the air
Don’t tell me that you care.
Cause you were wasted!
وارثون جائحة حريجة ممنوع الخروج
نغرس بالبستان | بذرة آخر الزمان
زهّقنا هالكوكب | منّا بدا يتعب.
اعيالي، أحفادي | بيني و بينكم وادي
ضيعتوا السالفة يا شبابنا (وينكم?)
Here’s salvation with no strings attached,
It’s been ages in the making, death in exile.
كلنا وارث – كوكب لايث
إكتب دستور – إكشف مستور.
صوّر صورة – إفضح عَوْرة
ايام ذهبية – راحت علينا
أحلام محروچة (طق راسك بالطوفة)
بطران بالنعمة (حيل آسف على باجر)
غابة أوهام – أفكارك إعدام
عدل دستور – إكشف مستور.
صوّر صورة – كل ما تشوفه
ممنوع الخروج – لازم تموت
صرنا مِـكاين تفريخ
داشين متاهات تاريخ
طايحين فينّا تعذيب
غزالة بزالة | تحقرص تمقرص | ضب ضباب الليل بلاغة بلغتن در
Toss & turning, scorching the Earth.
It’s been ages in the making
My lost empire.
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