Kuwaiti artist +Aziz preps new record with his US-based band

Kuwaiti artist +Aziz preps new record with his US-based band
Plus Aziz formed Kuwaisiana four years ago. (Supplied)
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Updated 30 July 2020

Kuwaiti artist +Aziz preps new record with his US-based band

Kuwaiti artist +Aziz preps new record with his US-based band

MANAMA: Traversing cultural boundaries, social commentary and musical exploration, a Kuwaiti artist is creating a new vision of Arab and Khaleeji music can be seen.

Plus Aziz (stylized as +Aziz) formed Kuwaisiana four years ago when he decided to leave his brand strategy job in New York (where he had been based since 2009) and relocate to New Orleans to focus on his music career.

Kuwaisiana (a combination of the words Kuwait and Louisiana) mixes elements of funk, rock and reggae with evocative poetic lyrics about the day-to-day lives of Arab-American youth and the evolving viewpoint of Khaleejis living in the Arabian Peninsula.

“It’s an expression of us all working together as a band,” Aziz told Arab News of the band’s upcoming five-track record. “We’re at the mastering stage now, all the layers are fixed and we’re looking for someone to give it that last polish.”

Kuwaisiana’s debut record, “Chapter 1,” was released in 2018 and was followed by a US tour. The album – and band – were well-received, prompting Aziz to invest further time and energy into developing the project. The band will release the new record independently, after having a digital distribution deal with Universal MENA for their previous one.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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‘Chapter 2,’ according to the 37-year-old singer-songwriter, will feature a less dramatic range of genres. “The first record was genre-hopping,” he said. “At the time I didn’t care about history or cultural context, it was more about presenting the songs we had as best we could. With the second release there’s a bit more sifting and refining the Kuwaisiana sound.”

When it came to writing and recording the new material, Aziz said he took a more calculated and structured approach, not only with the subjects and music, but also in involving the band members more in the process.

“I do believe it lives up to being a follow-up to our debut in terms of looking at this cross-cultural aspect. Right now, due to what I’ve been focusing on, it is skewing a bit too much to the Khaleeji side, so we’re trying to bring it back to the middle where there’s more second line and New Orleans jazz,” Aziz explained.

‘Chapter 2’ is set for release this fall.


Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 
Updated 18 January 2021

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

DUBAI: US TikTok star Addison Rae stepped out in a pair of heels by Lebanese footwear designer Andrea Wazen this week.

The Beirut-based designer, who is the younger sister of Lebanese fashion influencer Karen Wazen,  launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label in 2013 following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson. 

The designer’s impressive list of celebrity clientele covers a broad spectrum of stars, from Hailey Bieber to Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez to Kylie Jenner, who have all donned Andrea Wazen’s strappy sandals and stilettos.

Rae, who rose to fame doing fun-to-replicate dances, opted for the Immy mules in multi-color. The fanciful footwear features mesh lined with leather  and a cone-shaped heel. She paired it with a bright yellow sweater and mom jeans. 

It’s not the first time the 20-year-old has been seen rocking an Andrea Wazen design. 

Last month, the Tik Tok star shared an Instagram Story with her 33.2 million followers in which she was spotted wearing clear pointy-toed shoes with white-strap detailing, called the Dassy PVC pumps. 

She styled the shoes with a white shirt dress from French luxury label Louis Vuitton that featured large pockets on the sides and was tied at the waist with a matching belt.

Indeed, Rae seems to be a fan of the Wazen family’s businesses. 

In recent months, she’s also been seen wearing  sunglasses by Karen Wazen Eyewear, including a pair of “Vicky” in navy blue shades from Karen’s line, which launched in December 2018.

Meanwhile, Rae isn’t the only star who has fallen head over heels for Andrea Wazen. 

US actress Emma Roberts recently donned a blush, floral Ganni dress paired with shoes by Lebanese footwear designer.

She opted for the Denver Lavender pumps, a pair of mesh sandals with an adjustable buckle strap.

“The Kissing Booth” star Joey King is also a fan. 

The 21-year-old was spotted wearing the 90s-inspired Gloria mules for a recent press event in Los Angeles. She paired the mules with a top and matching leggings from New York-based label Lirika Matoshi and a By Far bag.