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There are at least seven artists/groups called 'Kismet':

1) Kismet is an indie rock quintet originated from Utrecht, Netherlands. Influenced by the likes of Cursive, Depeche Mode, Blonde Redhead and The Get Up Kids, the group was founded in the winter of 2002. After releasing two E.P.s the bands line-up solidified in 2006 and started focussing on a debut full-length album. Kismets sound is characterized by their dynamic compositions, combining complicated songstructures with a seamless melody and catchy vocals.
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2) The duo, Kismet, started out performing as members of Nur. As directions changed, fate led Asad Khan and Shoaib Khan to form Kismet. They have performed at many venues including OSU, Rutgers University, Elmhurst's Frick Center & Irion Hall, Rosemont Convention Center, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, and many more. They claim their biggest influences are Josh Groban, Yusuf Islam, and John Lennon. With a strong lyrical message in their songs and a combination of different musical cultures, Kismet is ambitious in delivering a positive and unifying message across the world.

3) The Macedonian group, Kismet, was active from 1993-2000 and released 4 cds, two albums on Tone Casualties, the label owned by Gabor Csupo of Klasky Csupo (the company that produces cartoons like Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys). They were known for their unique blend of beats, atmospheres, and Macedonian folk flourishes.

4) There has also been a grunge band from the UK from 1999-2003, a thrash band from the USA, and a metal band from Italy from 2002-present.

5) There is also Kismet from Oxfordshire, UK. 3 women - 3 voices - many instruments.
Kismet ki'smet (or -z-) n. Destiny, fate.

From wild Eastern European dance tunes to haunting Celtic lullabies, Kismet play an eclectic mix of instrumental and vocal folk music along with their own subtle compositions on accordion, clarinet, violin, mandola, koto, shamisen, whistles and percussion.
Kismet features the creative talents of Melissa Holding, Katherine Lucas and Jackie Singer, each of them a singer, instrumentalist, composer and arranger.
Along with three beautifully matched voices, they play between them clarinet, whistles, fiddle, mandola, accordion, percussion, shamisen (Japanese banjo) and koto (Japanese harp). With such a rich palette of sounds, textures and dynamics at their disposal, Kismet can take you from a wild Romanian dance to a haunting Celtic lullaby, via a French cafe or a Japanese monastery.
Since forming in 2001 Kismet have played concerts in town halls, churches, abbeys, sheds and cafés, arboretums and botanic gardens in and around Oxfordshire and contributed their music to festivals, community events, celebrations, wakes, weddings, and fashions shows.
They have also collaborated with storytellers, poets and dancers and provided music for theatre pieces.
In 2005 Kismet were commissioned by the University of Oxford Botanic Gardens to create and perform new work for five festivals with themes relating to plants and people, as part of an Arts Council funded residency.

6) There was also a free jazz ensemble called Kismet based in Chapel Hill, NC in the 1990s. They recorded one album, "Curious Yellow" on Daisy Lane records.

7) Kismet is not at least the short name of Kismet Yildiz, a folk singer from Kurdistan.

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