If, like us, you find yourself automatically tuning in to Radio Kuwait’s FM 99.7 on your morning drive to work, then you’ve probably noticed that the daily grind through traffic has recently became more enjoyable. The reason behind this welcomed change is 26-year-old Kuwaiti female, self-taught Hip-Hop scholar, radio host and proud mommy of two adorable dogs Farah Bishara.
With a musical ear geared toward Hip-Hop since the tender age of seven, Farah later substituted MTV and mixed tapes with the Internet to learn more about the culture, history and people behind this genre. Labeling this relationship as a wild love affair is an understatement, as Farah’s travels are even focused on meeting her favorite artists and speaking to them about their work. She adds, “These artists all so incredibly inspiring and supportive! What they’ve accomplished makes me want to push myself beyond my means. I love them for that!”
Always wanting a career as a female DJ in Kuwait, however, presents its challenges from society. Even though she encountered many who advised her to refrain from working in local media, she knew that she couldn’t back down when the opportunity came. After all, Farah not only knew that she wanted to do this since a very young age, she even documented notes of samples used in her favorite tracks, or instruments used in a specific production style to “show the world how incredible” a given sound is. Her advice to anyone looking to start or change a career to simply do something that makes them happy, and cheerfully adds, “I know it sounds cliché, but I’ve seen too many people who work miserable jobs that pay high salaries. Do something that makes you want to wake up every morning, and do it the best you can. It’ll pay off more than the highest paying job.”
Today, she enjoys her mornings by choosing the right tracks to get people’s day started on a high note, and her relatable radio persona will make you want to tune the next morning to get your fill of Farah’s incredibly positive vibe. Besides music, you’ll easily find her whipping up the yummiest dishes and trying out new recipes in her kitchen.
How would your mother describe you in one word?
How would you describe your mother in one word?
Hilarious. My mom ALWAYS knows exactly what to say to make me laugh, even when I’m in the worst mood.
What is the most insane question you’ve ever been asked?
Way too many! The worst is when people ask if I’d sell my dogs. I would never sell my babies!
What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
Quitting my day job to chase my dreams.
What is your theme song?
“Bonita Applebum” by A Tribe Called Quest.
What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented?
“طرطنقي”! It’s such a funny-sounding word and it’s a great insult!
Where would you like to live? What is your dream retirement location?
I would love to live in a small apartment in Brooklyn. But when it comes to retiring, I’d say a bungalow on a beach in Havana or Trinidad would be absolutely perfect!
What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind?
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind!” – Dr. Seuss
What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in?
My French bulldog, Bagel. He is ridiculously handsome, funny; always happy to see me, loves to cuddle, doesn’t complain and most importantly, loves me unconditionally!
What do you miss about your childhood?
I miss too many things! The great music, the movies, going ice skating every weekend. But mostly, I miss having enough time to think and learn and create. It feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day lately!
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
“Love.” Wouldn’t that be such a beautiful name?
How would you describe your handshake in one word?
Firm! I like to let people think I’m confident, even when I’m not.
Who is your favorite historical figure?
Dr. Maya Angelou. She’s achieved so much despite her difficult life. Such a huge inspiration!
What in the world do you least desire?
The inability to accomplish my dreams.
What do you think is lacking in the world, which if there was more of would make the world a better place?
Less humans, more dogs and more donuts. It couldn’t be simpler!
Why do you think most girls/guys like you?
People like me? Really though; I think it’s because I tell it like it is. My thoughts are always unfiltered and honest. I guess they think I’m funny.
Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called…”