Say Yea

Verse I

We’re driving

past the deepest fear I have.

Rejection tastes so sweet.

I rebuild my confidence.

 

Turn to your baba.

And ask him for your hand

He ripped one into the curb.

And we laughed until it hurt.

 

CHORUS

I will wait for you | Will you be waiting for me?

Till your daddy says yea, your mama say yea

Till your siblings say yea, and all your friends say yea

 

VERSE II

 

You’re searching for answers

Memorizing the book

So you cut me from your life

I rebuild my confidence

 

Turn to your mama

I see you in her eyes

Ignoring the alarm

The deepest fear I have

 

CHORUS

I will wait for you | Will you be waiting for me?

Till your daddy says yea, your mama say yea

Till your siblings say yea, and all your friends say yea!

 

VIII

 

I’m down by the Quarter | Find a second line

Get myself in front of them & I’m out to space again.

 

I’m searching for answers | Clawing through the parade

Get myself to somewhere new & I’m by myself again.

 

I hear the ocean whispering to me

You’re so special but I’m so sorry

 

Find myself out holding hands by the levee

Extra special, anti-social

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