Coke studio, Pakistan Season 5, Episode 4

1.Kandyaari Dhol Geet – Bohemia and Chakwal Group The techno beginning to this beautiful song might fool a below average listener like me into believing that this would be a ‘techno’ track (afterall Bohemia is said to be featured in this) but then the Chakwal group present us with the melodiously synced rendition of this song. The song has a sticky feel to it with simple beat arrangement and 1 minute in the song you can play the ‘table tabla’ along with the song knowing where the vocals will join the music and where they will stop. Bohemia gets behind the microphone towards the end and offers a completely different tone and emotion to the song (dare I say being repititive about how his own have ditched him and how they all just love money). What I seriously missed was perhaps 4 lines that chakwal group and Bohemia should have sung together! This is my favorite song from this episode but it came as a ‘turn by turn’ song rather than fusion. Disappointed because this was a great opportunity that went begging. (Imagine Chakwal group picking it up and leading the song to it’s conclusion! *sigh*)

2.Tora Bahraam Khaana – Hamayoon khan is back with pashto and this time what’s on offer is better 2 times over! This is because Hamayoon mixed 2 songs to perform. The song confirms to the more populist impression of ‘Pashtu’ music. No prizes for guessing that ‘Rubab’is the second voice of the song along with Hamayoon. The song stops momentarily and the pace slows down a bit but the melody remains. I am getting tired of mentioning the wonderful Zoe and Rachel. They are present in the entire song but 4 minute onwards, they are just too good. A splendid song by all means.

3. Dholna – Faint start (With gentle guitar and one more instrument. In this case, pale bells) to the song has become a trademark for cokestudio pakistan. Quite a routine like start to the song with the same feel that we have seen Atif pulling off easily in the past as well. The only thing is that the pace of the song is slow. I tried very hard to like the song (the reason for the delayed blog post, you might argue :)), but then am still on it.

4. Bolay – Uzair (as has mentioned in his interviews as well) likes to sing easy songs and this song is no different. Quite a college feel song. Excellent tempo and ‘hey hey’ in between. The song grew on me. Smartly, the song ends within 3 minutes. It generally becomes tough for the ‘upbeat’ mood to sustain (Without taking breaks). Quite a breeze, this song. Don’t look for ‘classical prowess’, you don’t need it in sweet songs like this one

5. Rung – Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad and party – The same qalaam is performed by Hadiqa in an earlier episode. While that version relies on a solo singer and heavy echoe, this version remains subtle (music wise) and relies on the excellent performers. Although more or less traditionally performed, this version has all the ingredients to appeal to the ‘Sup?’ as well as ‘how are you’? sort of people. It will be played a lot. Yes. Unlike some previous version by this duo this is not at all loud and is very very addictive. Super job!

Overall, an excellent episode again. Not a blast! But decent enough. The picks are Kandyaari geet, tohra bahraam khaana, Rung and Bolay.

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7 thoughts on “Coke studio, Pakistan Season 5, Episode 4

  1. well written review i liked it. although u should have been more harsh on dholna by atif. i was expecting more from him. his only better song in this season was charkha, thanks to qyaass. anyways its my personal opinion. my picks of d episodes are Rung (vocals were awesome)and kandyaari….

  2. wonder why SYMT did not make a comeback, CS version of pyar di ganderi would be an instant hit everywhere.. and you were a little too harsh on Atif. He actually tried very hard to show his vocal range towards the 2nd half of dholna, Qawaali style alaaps as opposed to his stock AAAAAAAAA :). didnt sound bad..
    This season though has been disappointing compared to CS 3 and 4.. case of higher expectations or Rohail & team were actually below par??

  3. Kandyaari Dhol Geet – an excellent effort by the Chakwalis & Bohemia. You are right, Rohwit – if they have sung couple of lines together then it would have been just icing on the cake. I think ‘Kandyaari’ and ‘Ishq Aap vi Awalla’ (both songs of Chakwalis) were having a bit contrast i.e. in one song, Meesha didn’t sing a single line alone whereas in other song, Bohemia didn’t sing a single line with the group. It would have better in both songs if some lines were sung (by Meesha & Bohemia) alone & some of the lines together with the group. In Kandyaari, I really loved the last lines by Bohemia ‘lagda naeen dil mainoon waapas bulaale’.

    Tora Bahraam Khaana – again, an excellent song. Though I don’t understand Pushto language but feel of this song was great. In my view, the house band and the singer did an amazing job.

    Dholna – for me, it was not up to the mark. Atif previous songs in this season were far better than this one. The only part that I loved in this track was when Atif sung 4 lines from famous qawwali of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sahib (i.e. Dam Mast Qalandar Must Must)

    Bolay – Yes, an easy & happy song and ‘hey hey’ made it beautiful. Rachel Viccaji ‘s natural smile in the video made it very lovely. 🙂 No doubt, both backing vocalist are part & parcel of the coke studio team.

    Rung – A classic one. Brilliantly done by the duo. On lighter side, I would have been happier if the duo/Rohail had picked up some other kalam/poetry because this kalam was already sung by Hadiqa. I understand that Rohail tried to show us two different versions of same kalam but for me Coke Studio is not only linked to give us variety in music but it also introduces us about the beauty & diversity on the lyrics/poetry (whether it is sufi or folk etc).

    Lastly, Rohwit, I really liked your review – keep it up. Looking forward for the 5th episode of Coke Studio. Also, looking forward for Coke Studio @MTV.

    Love from Islamabad.

    1. Adeel bhai salaam!

      Have never read such a detailed comment anywhere, you should have written a blog post yourself.

      Much hapy to be interacting with you and do let me know where can we read your thoughts?

      Lots of love from India

      Rohit 🙂

      1. Rohit bhai – w.salam & namaste. thanks for your complements. Actually, I never wrote blog post. The reason is very simple – techinically, I don’t understand music. I don’t have any technical knowledge of different music instruments. I also don’t know anything about Sur, Taal and different kind of Raags etc. I am simply an average music listener. I can only share about the music what I feel about it – in its raw form (not in tech details).

        As I am a die-hard fan of Coke Studio so I search online & then go through several blogs/reviews re this show. I have observed that majority of the reviews are one sided. You may be surprised to learn that some reviews/blogs here in Pakistan are written so negatively regarding Coke Studio that you start thinking whether the authors are actually asking to close down this show. In some of the reveiws, people from both side of the border (i.e. India & Pakistan) start giving their feedback in such way that they discuss everything else but not the music. Initially, they start comparing the music from both sides and ultimately end up with fighting each other – I don’t know if such people (from both side of the border) try to show their patriotism!! So, usually I don’t provide my feedback on such blog posts.

        Last year, I went through your review re Coke Studio @MTV (Hits & Misses). Recently, I have read your all reviews re Coke Studio season 5. I have concluded that your blogpost is very very fair. Your opinion is very geniune, un-biased and based on the facts. I believe you write in very good way that actually comes out from your heart. Your attitude has encouraged me to provide my response on your blog post. Keep it up in same spirit.

        I wish that for Coke Studio Season 6, Rohail invites some indian singers in Pakistan. I would love to see the jam sessions of Kailash Kher and Rabbi Shergill with the Coke Studio team.

        With love, from Islamabad.

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