Genre: Rap / Hip-Hop
Army of One
“Army Of One” are known for their style of music "Ra’n’B" which refers to a blend of Rap/Hiphop and R&B rhythms. The art of their music is so inherent that it is superfluous to have a particular name for it. Their music is always coupled with some other art such as poetry and is one of the most revealing forms of expression! In Dubai, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and in their home town Kuwait, “Army Of One” have received significant attention in the media.
Although none of them have come from a family of musicians, yet, it was family who played an important role in motivating these young boys and helped them realize their true happiness lies in music and they decided to follow their dream. In their short span of performing as a group, “Army Of One” traveled a difficult road from their beginnings as English artists trying to make it in an Arab community! Their efforts were not in vain as their music captured the interest of many listeners.
Over the course of their career, “Army Of One” made their debut in 2005 with the release of their album "Reprezentin". While their new album "Hush" which was released early 2006 provided immediate exposure for the group and their album received excellent reviews. The songs are strong and the musicianship is exquisite. Just another brilliant CD to their collection of great work!
“Army Of One” have performed in several concerts, where they have given absolutely stunning performance in Dubai, Kuwait and in Bahrain where they completely captivated all who heard them. On stage, they are performers and story tellers who can establish, in minutes, a personal rapport with the audience. Their amazing humor and sharp observations combined with their open-hearted singing style have earned them a loyal following of young to mid adult fans.
Their music is beautifully crafted hence they are meant to be sung and the more voices there are singing them, the better they sound. They are also built to last – so well put together that they are rich in that beauty which is perhaps the most elusive of all, simplicity… that kind of economy of expression where the line between craft and art is crossed will surely help them take the world by storm!
These proud Arab citizens’ fuses the R&B and Hiphop/Rap beats with their unique musical sound which also includes Arabic lyrics and beats inspired by their traditional culture in the Arab World. The decision to become singers was rather a brave one for these young boys, especially as they belong to traditional Arab families. They are proud to belong to a country that is flourishing and is becoming more prosperous.
Already, “Army Of One” have a loyal following in many GCC and Middle East countries and their songs have been played in their native country music TV stations. The idea of forming a group that sings and composes music in a foreign language is now a popular phenomenon worldwide. They don’t see English as an obstacle to being famous in the Arab world. In fact, Indian music is very popular in their country, in spite of the lack of knowledge of the language. Yet, it's the music that acts as a link between the singer and the listener!"
“Army Of One” motto in life is to please their audience and reach musical perfection with a hope to spread a message of love and peace not only to the Arab world, but to the whole Universe! They all believe that if one is to pursue a career, then it might as well be something they enjoy doing the most. They consider themselves to be genuinely talented and live and breathe music!
These young Arab boys are a group of fabulous entertainers who perform in their own style with songs that have an unusual mix of alternative + preference which separates them from other male artists. They all have a domineering voice, significant lyrics, and an easy new age sound with feelings of a lifetime as if they all possessed older souls. Being boys, yet they are down-to-earth on the eyes too!
Of course, the traditional Arab listener finds their music strange and difficult; and therefore, often concludes that it is not of interest. But, both Arab and Non-Arab music are human inventions and individual notes contain the same elements such as pitch, duration, tone, color and intensity. Since music plays a similar role in most societies, as work songs, lullabies, battle songs, religious music and so on, the same categories are found in the music of “Army Of One”!
Asked whether singing in English might slow down demand in the Arab world, they replied, “Our choice of composing and singing songs in English will not get in the way of our success as there are many young people who like our sort of music.”
Music, as it is conceived in traditional society, is not a function which enables its exponents to meet the demands of modern life. Furthermore, the competition is enormous and under these conditions, it seems logical to conclude that music as a profession offers very little opportunity. Nevertheless, “Army Of One”'s distinctive album "Hush" has brought them wider exposure and they are definitely heading towards becoming the most esteemed figures in contemporary English music that will be an important voice in an Arab world!
Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to assume that all individuals see it the way these boys do, that music is food to the soul and a common language understood by everyone. They hope their audience in the Arab world would enjoy their music.