Review: Coke Studio- Episode 04

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Pakistan is globally recognized for its talent and culture. No matter where you travel in the world, there will always be a sign of its richness. From the Oxford Music Hall being named after Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to its Coke Studio creating buzz across the border. That’s right! As Bollywood star Rekha Bhardwaj once said “Their Coke Studio is way ahead of ours. They don’t kill their verses by sound and keep the essence of their songs alive. They bring their folk music and ghazals together and embellish it beautifully.”

We all wait for this time of the year when renown talents of the country gather on a single platform to deliver a perfect blend of creative and pride evoking music.

Melodious tracks released one after the other while audience waited for new episode each week but Episode 04 remained distinctive as it featured Pakistan’s late guitarist hero, Amir Zaki.

Naina Moray Javed Bashir and Akbar Ali ft Amir Zaki

A reprise from Javed Bashir’s album Subrang 2007, Naina Moray is originally sung by Ustad Ghulam Ali and “Man Atkaya” is a Qawaali by Shah Hussain. This track unifies Thumri and Qawaali to create an historic blend sung by two vocal powerhouses; Javed Bashir and Akbar Ali. The cherry on top is the unblemished solo by Amir Zaki on guitar, what a magician Javed Zaidi is for creating this masterpiece. Nonetheless, it serves as a perfect example of what Coke Studio is all about.

Latthay di Chaadar / Dekh Tera Kia Farhan Saeed and Quratulain Balouch

A south-asian wedding song resurrected with an 80s pop track. We have all grown up hearing this song at our weddings but Shani Arshad decided to turn it into a burst of colours with the help of QB and Farhan Saeed. Both the tracks having the same beat and raag have been fused together into a conversation between lovers. A playful song to turn those Monday blues into vibrant hues!

Julie Ali Zafar ft Danyal Zafar

Lyricised, composed and sung by the Rockstar himself, Julie is a frisky track to get over that heartbreak right now. If not, as Danyal Zafar said “Har kisi ki life mein ek Julie hoti hai” you still have a reason to hear this song. The song opens with a tune of shehnai which is the last thing you’d expect from a breakup song but its Shani Arshad’s direction so there had to be a surprise. The Rockstar made sure he hit those high notes and Danyal Zafar gave his solo performance on the guitar in his element.

Jindjaani Nirmal Roy and Ali Hamza

Inspired by “Jhanjar Phabdina” sung by Tahira Saeed, the song’s journey dates back to 2003. It is a folk duet crafted by Ali Hamza, which begins with a breakup and ends in elation. An amalgam of dholak and mandolin with an addition of Nirmal Roy’s soothing voice produces a mellow concoction. Jindjaani is a soundscape which immaculately depicts our musical roots.

 

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