[KM Exclusive] Open Mic night at Argeela Bar
Published on December 31st, 2012 | by Caesar (Kuwait Music)
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When KM friend and talented DJ Eisa Santoz called me up last month and told me about his friend and colleague organizing an open mic night at a sheisha bar, my immediate reaction was ..”Really?”
Rightly so, my reaction was relatively warranted because open mic nights are a rarity in Kuwait, and so it came as a questionable surprise. When I finally spoke to Alexis White, the brainchild behind the initiative, it became clear that this was taking shape quite well.
Off the bat, I’d like to thank Alexis for having Kuwait Music be part of the event and we look forward to supporting more of the project in upcoming events. For those of you who may not be familiar with “Open Mic” nights, it is a concept that sees amateur artists(musicians, artists, rappers, poets, comedians and others) showcase their talent in a candid and open stage fashion.
As I walked into Argeela Bar (on an inner road off the Holiday Inn Salmiya) , I was greeted by the bubbly, yet super collected Alexis and Abdulla Binnikhi (the owner of Argeela Bar) who drove proceedings to perfection. The low profile lighting coupled with sheisha smoke set the scene for the perfect show.
I am not going to review every performance in this article because there were many, so watch the video and see for yourself! The performers included guitarists, singers, poets, storytellers, rappers and more.
It was the perfect way to spend an evening. We sincerely hope for more of these “Open Mic ” nights as it will surely help unearth some amazing local talent. I had a wonderful opportunity to meet new performers that night and look forward to more.
Watch performers at the Open Mic Night: