Ali Sleeq is designated the Middle East’s bluesman due to his passion for the music that is the blues. Picking up the bass 18 years ago, Ali started his musical journey performing with several bands in Lebanon, including the popular (at the time) blues band, Evergreen.

In 2005 he moved back to Kuwait after finishing his university at AUB and was a main pillar in pushing the local music scene. With the Lounging Criminals band, they won 3rd best regional band (via Dubai’s Shamal Battle of the Bands) in 2008 and in 2009 were voted best band in Kuwait at the Kuwaitstock Battle of the Bands. He also started the first and only blues band called The Mojolaters, handling lead vocals as well.

In 2010 he was one of the Kuwait Music website’s contributing writers, writing articles, reviews and lessons to that website. He started Avant­Garde Music Projects in 2012 to promote local music collaborations, and organized two music festivals, Blend Music Festival 1 & 2 to mainstream success. The festivals were free of charge to all viewers and was seen on TV and print media.

He has since gone solo to provide live and studio time for various musicians, performing in various shows in Kuwait, such as Qout Market and others. In June, 2015, he performed under his name at the Fete de la Musique in Beirut, Lebanon as part of a varied lineup of musicians. He is currently signed to Ajna Records and has released his debut album titled “Gonna Die With the Blues”, in April 2018.

He blogs regularly at Speakin’ The Blues, a dedicated blues site and the only of it’s kind in the Middle East, rated in top 100 blogs in Lebanon, and top 30 in Kuwait, and has been featured in several online websites as a contributing writer. He is a supporter of blues music, as a Blues Partner with the Blues Foundation, and is a contributing member to the National Blues Museum. Currently has the biggest blues CD, book and magazine collection in the Middle East.

Ali Sleeq is on radio rotation with the tracks “Gonna Die With The Blues” and  “Mind That Funk”.


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