Kuwait in an ANTHRAX Music Video

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This is super weird. No idea how/why/what but somehow, for some really strange random reason, the Kuwait City skyline makes the appearance at the end of a pretty gory and gruesome music video for the heavy metal band ANTHRAX. That has to be one of the most random, weirdest and coolest things to ever happen to the Kuwait City skyline. Fast forward till minute 7:30 if you want to see Kuwait but it’s a lot more fun and bizarre if you watch the whole video up till that point.

Thanks Red!


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New Music Video: Timmycatdog – Flower power

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Timmycatdog (Taymour Khajah) has a new music video out for his track “Flower Power”. The video also features appearances by Mosab, The Goddess Dalal and Turk Himself. If you like the track you can follow Taymour on instagram @timmycatdog


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New Music Video: Element – Way Too On

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“Way Too On” is a new music video by Kuwaiti rapper Element that was released a few days ago. If you like his music make sure to check out his website aboveallelements.com for more tracks and information.


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New Music Video: Galaxy Juice – Awaken The Sunshine

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Galaxy Juice are one of my favorite local bands and they just released a music video yesterday for their new single ‘Awaken The Sunshine’. It’s a pretty nice video and the track is really great so check it out.

If you like their music follow them on [Instagram] [Twitter] or [Facebook]


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Rumor: Adele is Coming to Kuwait

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Over the weekend I was told that preliminary approval from the Ministry to bring Adele to Kuwait was given. If everything works out she’ll be performing at the Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre which has recently hosted other big name musicians like Yanni and Googoosh. Although, bringing Adele would be on a completely different level.

I wasn’t given any dates on when this might happen, but based on her schedule, it would be safe to assume that if it will happen, it would be sometime in the second half of this year.


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Giveaway: Two Tickets to Ah! Kosmos

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Red Bull Music Academy is bringing the acclaimed audiovisual artist Ah! Kosmos for a night of house and electronic music that will be held on the rooftop of Radisson Blu this coming Friday night. Local artists Boom Beats and Essa Hashemi will also be performing that night.

Tickets to the event are KD10 each but I’ve teamed up with Red Bull to giveaway two tickets to my readers. All you need to do to enter the draw is leave a comment below mentioning which energy drink is hosting the event. I will stop accepting entries in the comments section tomorrow at noon and then randomly choose one winner and notify them via email.

For more information on the event as well as the artists, click [Here]

Rules: Only one entry per person and please make sure you use a working email since the winner will be contacted by email. If winner doesn’t respond, another winner will be randomly chosen.

Update: Post closed for comments and using random.org I drew a number which was 42. The winner of the two tickets is “AP” and I just sent them an email. In case he doesn’t get back to me another number will be drawn.


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Yanni Tickets Sold Out

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Yanni will be performing at JACC in around 10 days time and tickets finally went on sale this weekend and sold out right away. That obviously upset a lot of people who had been hoping to buy a ticket. Tickets selling out at events is a common issue, majority of the popular shows I’ve attended like a Bob Dylan concert or a Connor McGregor fight for example, I’ve had to buy tickets on the second hand market and at ridiculous prices. In the States and the UK I tend to use websites like StubHub to buy sold out tickets, sometimes I buy them off strangers at forums as well. Where would one look for tickets in Kuwait? Not that I am interested in Yanni but this is kind of a new situation here and I’m curious to know where people are going to sell or buy tickets. 4Sale maybe?


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Reflections on Traditional Music in Kuwait

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Yusuf Al-Jaddah, a sowt singer I encountered during a performance in a private suite at the Jumeirah five-star hotel in Kuwait City in May 2014, pointed out the huge changes that have occurred in the background, even as the tradition of communal performance has persisted:

“Years back I used to sing exactly at this spot with musicians from Bahrain. We were sitting in the sand and this hotel was not even built.”

Kuwait was musically quite a revelation to me. Despite rapid modernizations across the Gulf, which sees traditional performances occurring nowadays in hotels as well as diwānīyahs, traditional music is still performed, at least in private gatherings, on a weekly basis. Although at first the apparent absence of any older buildings in the city centre would imply complete modernisation of the culture, it is clear that musical culture is still very vibrant.

A friend sent me a link to an article from the Qatar Digital Library on traditional music in Kuwait. Honestly, only reason I’m sharing it is because I loved the first song on the playlist called “كاسين ويسكي” or two glasses of whisky in English. The song was written before the alcohol ban in Kuwait and was composed and sang by Kuwaiti musician Abdullah Al-Fadala in Bahrain in the 1950s. You can check out the article [Here] and listen to the whisky song as well as other songs they’ve selected below.

By the way, the Qatar Digital Archive is kinda similar to something I was proposing back in January that we need in Kuwait like urgently. I mean Qatar have digitized and archived Kuwaiti history while we haven’t even done that for ourselves yet alone for our neighboring countries.


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Music Video: #ArabGang by Element

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Kuwaiti rapper Element released a new album on the Liberation Day of Kuwait thats composed of 11 tracks and a music video. The track above is #ArabGang and if you like it you should check out the rest of his album which is available on [iTunes] [Apple Music] [Spotify] and [Google Play]

Also make sure you check out his instagram @aboveallelements


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Music Video: Cake & Butter by Zahed Sultan

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An immersive audio-visual performance of Cake & Butter, performed by Kuwaiti artist Zahed Sultan, in an undisclosed location and country.


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