Kuwaiti concert highlights country’s past and present with blend of folk and 20th-century tunes

 DUBAI, 19 November 2021 – The Kuwaiti Music Band Concert, held at Expo 2020’s Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre, showcased Kuwait’s past and present, via a unique set-list of folk and 20th-century songs.

Renowned maestro Dr Bassam Al-Baloushi led the eight other band members through classical songs from Kuwait, as well as popular hits from the 1990s.

Dr Bassam Al-Baloushi said: “Today, at the Expo, I represent my country, and therefore I must present traditional classical music and popular Kuwaiti songs. Kuwait was a pioneer for music in the Gulf. Many prominent Arab artists used to sing in Kuwait, such as Umm Kulthum, Farid al-Atrash and Abdel Halim Hafez, because the history of music in Kuwait dates back 60 to 70 years.”

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DUBAI, 19 November 2021. Dr. Bassam Al-Baloushi and the Kuwaiti Music Band perform at Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Miaad Mahdi/Expo 2020 Dubai)

He added that the band was excited to showcase Kuwait’s rich culture and history to a global audience through their performance and incredibly impressed by the UAE hosting the first World Expo in the Middle East.

Dr Al-Baloushi said: “We are very happy to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai, which is more than wonderful and is beyond description, both in terms of organisation, impressive pavilion designs, and special events and programmes.”

The Kuwaiti Music Band held a second performance at the Kuwait Pavilion after their concert on the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre stage.

The Kuwait Pavilion, in the Sustainability District, presents an architectural feature inspired by the country’s vision for sustainability, as well as gives visitors a dynamic experience that allows them to be a part of the exhibition.