Aziz Maraka releases She Drives Me Crazy in acoustic version

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Sep 2023

The popular Jordanian singer and songwriter Aziz Maraka released a new music video of an acoustic version of his successful song Miganinani (She Drives Me Crazy).

Aziz Maraka
The original song and the music video, released last July, were received with great acclaim by Maraka's fans in Jordan. The video arouses feelings of tenderness and glee in the listener, who is also titillated by the scintillating summer sun of the beach on which the song is performed.       
The video, directed by Beshoy Yassa and produced by Mostafa Gaber, also shows Maraka shifting between guitar, piano and melodica, with the other musicians accompanying him on guitar and double bass. The percussive line is created by snapping fingers, patting the body, and other amusing movements.
In the new version of Miganinani, Maraka introduces a clear ritardando (slowing the song's tempo) by the end of the composition, which allows him to create a unique shift in rhythm and clear-cut division of sentences before picking up the tempo again by the end of the song.
The new video has gained more than 200,000 views since its release on 20 September on YouTube. 
The original Miganinani song gained almost 2 million views, making it one of the most viewed music videos on Maraka's YouTube channel.
Miganinani features lyrics by Mohamed Shafaay and music by Maraka. 
Directed by Islam Hisham, the original music video was filmed in a coastal village in Egypt.
Maraka was prompted to write the song after appearing on Season 8 of the show The Blind Date in September 2022, in which he met the Egyptian broadcaster Lina El-Tahtawy.
Following the show, several social media users urged the pair to collaborate on Maraka's upcoming song.
The original 2023 music video features recreated segments of The Blind Date show set, thus alluding to the initial encounter between the two.
Born in 1983, Aziz Maraka is a Jordanian singer-songwriter and producer of Palestinian descent.
Maraka began his music career by playing the piano. He received a scholarship to study in the US, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of Arkansas.
While studying, Maraka released several songs, including Bent El-Nas, which became one of his first hits on his self-titled debut album in 2008.
Maraka's success with Bent El-Nas opened doors to a thriving career. It also helped propagate his music style, which he calls Razz -- a fusion of Arabic rock and jazz performed in the Jordanian dialect.
He performs frequently in Jordan, where he has a large fan base.
Maraka has performed to large audiences across the Arab region. He has performed many times in Egypt, where his fan base has grown significantly.
His latest concert, held during the 31st edition of the Citadel Festival for Music and Singing (23 August - 7 September 2023), attracted a large audience to the open-air stage. 
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