I was only eight-years-old when Mirage release their famous single, “Tigool Ahwak”.
It was 1994, and the single was one of the first, if not the first, alternative Arabic music experiments. It’s a song that actually stayed cool, even in 2012 when I wrote about it.
Imagine my surprise when I get sent a link to the video below… Mirage, 2014, released a completely remade “Tigool Ahwak”.
It is AWESOME. You would expect the musicians to look old, tired, and potbellied. You would expect them to sound 1994, in a cute, 90’s-nostalgia way. You would expect the video to be something hilarious, especially if you’re familiar with the original one.
Mirage will have none of that.
The song is completely different. The guys obviously started liking rock in these last 20 years where they have been hiding. And the rock sounds AWESOME. Heavy guitar riffs, drums, and solos…
The band themselves also look so much cooler and fresher than most Jordanian bands half their age.
Great job, Mirage.
And in case you’re curious, here’s the original single, 1994: