Orange Klan

They came in with shredded shoes, dejected & confused. الرؤوس نامت

محرومين من نوم في اقفاص فلاذ
From afar breaking news swimming in a room with refugee blues. I’m doused
Float the boat, hide it in your throat.

Hands up who’s there at the border? Interrogate the children first.
Tie em up, let’s go for a drive eat away every human right

They comin’ quick, where you work, as you pray, where you sleep, now midday. والعصاعص قامت

يا ليل داندانه لدان
الطبيعة أُم عصبية
عاصفة فاشستية

Happy hurricane season Field trip (out) to the wall
Buckle up, let’s go for a drive to another mall with reality stars.

We found ourselves detained in anchor shackles.
Side by side we stand In the face of danger.
Find our place in the world, standing up for strangers.

Hands up who’s there at the border?
Interrogate the children first.
Tie em up, let’s go for a drive
Eat away every human right

Happy hurricane season
Eat away my human rights
Sluggin’ through another year
to the bottom of the bowl with a racist douche.
Get in line that’s the master plan
Brought to you by the orange clan.

Side by side we stand in the face of danger
Find our place in the world, standing up for strangers.

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 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