El Kuwaitia is regarded as the first artist who contributed significantly to the growth of Khaleeji music.
As a part of Spotify’s commitment to empowering Arab women artists on a regional and global scale, it has named Kuwaiti singer Nawal Al Kuwaitia as the EQUAL Arabia Ambassador for the month of July.
El Kuwaitia was among the first female Khaleeji artists to make an appearance in the Arabian Gulf at the beginning of her musical career. At the age of 17, she made her first on-stage appearance, performing songs by tarab artists such as Talal Maddah and Abdul Kareem Abdul Qader.
In 1984, she released her debut album and today, her songs Qeda Omry, Al Raya Al Baida and Qassem We Samaany are amongst her most-streamed songs on Spotify.
El Kuwaitia is regarded as the first artist to make a significant contribution to the growth of the Khaleeji music genre. She has released more than 17 albums.
Over the years, she took part in a range of charitable and humanitarian endeavours, including serving as the chair of the jury for the Cald Theater for Talents competition. She was also a member of the Arab Woman Award advisory committee and earned the award in London in 2017. Throughout her career, she received numerous titles including Best Gulf singer, First Gulf star, Gulf Guitar, and Sheikha Al-Tarab, amongst many others.
Nawal Al Kuwaitia said: “I am honoured to be selected as the Ambassador of Spotify EQUAL Arabia for the month of July, as it is a space dedicated to highlighting Arab female artists and their wonderful and inspiring music, which I hope will reach all listeners in the world. Women by nature are strong and delicate, passionate and creative, and I have always been and will continue to support and empower women in various fields.
Nawal’s most recent track, Fini Kither, is featured on Spotify’s EQUAL Global, a playlist that highlights women creators globally, as part of the EQUAL Arabia programme. She is also featured on a billboard in the heart of New York’s Times Square as well as on the cover of the EQUAL Arabia playlist to further spotlight and promote her single.