Kuwait's musical traditions were well-recorded until the Gulf War, when Iraq invaded the country and destroyed the archive. Kuwait is known as the center for sout, a bluesy style of music made popular in the 1970s by Shadi al Khaleej. Nabeel and Abdullah Al-Ruisheed are the most popular modern sout performers, who include influences from techno and Europop in their music.


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