CokeStudio11 Episode 8

Previous episodes from CokeStudio11 reviews here – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Wah Jo Kalaam – Penned by Asrar and along with him, Shamu Bai and Vishnu played a riot of colors and beauty in what is one of the best songs in all of 11 years of the studio in Pakistan. I have always had a bit of a problem with Shamu’s pitch but here, Asrar has used that to the track’s advantage. With zero accompaniment from the studio houseband, this beautiful song hits your core being like a bolt of lighting. Talking of Zero accompainment from houseband, I suspect Shamu bai was using her own Harmonium and Vishnu was using his own Dholak. I am yet to get over the song and it has just been 11 hours since the song has come out. The melodious  strum and humming from Asrar in the beginning reminds you of all the good things that music and all of us have lost over the years. There seems to be zero innocence of being these days in anything.  For a moment, let us all just remind ourselves of this powerhouse called Asrar who has a lot that is yet to be exploited by the popular scene. Don’t you love his ‘wah wah’ in the song? A pucca performer. I get a strong feeling that Vishnu will, in the years to come, make more appearances in the studio. What a brilliant command this lad has…especially the way he picked up Hyder hyder part. This is the song that, when it ends, leaves me weeping. Kudos to the producers for letting this song be.

Luddi Hai Jamalo – The studio always has an ace up its sleeves when it comes to re-imagining old film songs. I can’t say the same about non film songs and yes I am still sore with the wounds of Hawa Hawa. In Luddi Hai Jamalo the studio has shown how the old songs are to be touched up. The way they have added violins and the opening la la la is exactly what they should have touched Hawa Hawa. Here, Humaira Arshad and Ali Sethi have done a decent job of sticking to the song yet adding their touch. I absolutely loved the way the sound has been managed, it sounds so fresh yet vintage. The last minute or so where the song really accelerates doesn’t feel out of sync or mood. I didn’t feel anything outstanding about Humaira’s part but I was blown away by Ali Sethi. Can this man do any wrong? I really don’t think so. Bhaga ke le jaunga Ali Sethi ko main ek din, dekhta reh jayea Pakistan aur dekhta reh jayega India. Yep.

Apna Gham – Bilal has made several outings to the studio now. It’s heartening to see him retaining the innocence in his voice and it is even more heartening to see that his compositions are more layered now. I found slight traces of To kya hua but that is not finding fault in what Bilal has done as a composer here. Mishal is a good voice and needs to spend more time around varied compositions and would surely be a good addition to tline up of artists in the region. Given the sound that the studio has created for itself, this song came across as the one to engage teens or millenials. I liked the effort but I am not going to go looking for this song in my playlist.

I am not a fan of these ‘3 songs this week and 4 songs next week’ speculation of the studio and they would do well to get rid of such a bad habit. That said, this was one of the most calm episodes in a long time. No blinding lights, noone excessively showing off (barring the apna gham video) and what a lovely focus on melody. I didn’t download a single file for offline listening so far and then Wah jo kalaam happened. Easily, one of the best songs that I would hear in my lifetime, due credit to the producers for this epsiode.

If you have made this far, then well…let’s raise our hands and lose ourselves with this lovely lovely song…

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

 Shah jo kalaam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Dharti jay putt jo pehreyo’n pehreyo’n salam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Dharti jay putt jo pehreyo’n pehreyo’n salam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Mast qalandar Laal qalandar Mast qalandar

Mast qalandar laal qalandar

Saeen qalandar Peer qalandar

Masto mast qalandar laal

Masto mast qalandar laal

Masto mast qalandar laal

Masto mast qalandar

Wah Wah Keenjhar (the river)

Jabal smandar

Wah Wah keenjhar

Jhar jo pani, makhan maani, prem kahani wah wah

Maano mitha, hitay e ditha, sabhay e hit aa wah wah

Alan budho, Juman budho, Bhagat Kanwar Raam budho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Dharti jay putt jo pehreyo’n pehreyo’n salam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Hyder Hyder abad sohena

Hyder Hyder

Hyder Hyder Hyder Hyder Hyder Hyder

Hyder Hyder Hyder Hyder Hyder Hyder Hyder

Murshad sohena Ustad sohena Murshad sohena

Suchi boli, Memon kohli, ajrak choli, wah wah

Amb achari jobhan nari rung patari, wah wah

Sachal Shah Latif inayat subho buddho sham buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Dharti jay putt jo pehreyo’n pehreyo’n salam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Wah wah jo kalaam buddho

Shah jo kalaam buddho

Dharti dharam faqeer jo

Dharti mohenjo maan

Dharti dharam faqeer jo

Dharti mohenjo maan

Dharti saa’n gadd dharti thi rahey

Bhali kare bhagwaan

Bhali kare bhagwaan

Bhali kare bhagwaan

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19 thoughts on “CokeStudio11 Episode 8

  1. Spot on review.Ali Sethi,80s disco,punjabi dhol,violin..uff ..uff..Here is some genuine desi funk.I wdnt mind it a bit if Sethi sang the whole season.I wd never tire of his singing.I must confess that i hav listened to his song more than any other CS 11 song in the span of a few hours.On loop till the next song !!

  2. Ok.Take him.But u must try not to elope with him!Please!
    On a serious note,I read somewhere season 12 wd be the last one.Once,after his hasty exit from the studio,Rohail said in an interview that he wd come back to make his own season 7 one day.What wd it take to bring Rohail Hayyat back for one great finale?Surely he,CS and fans deserve that much? Who wdnt want exit as grand as entry?

  3. About wah jo kalaam..Isaar is such a powerhouse…Three sages sitting on the bank of river Sindh,spreading peace in this insane world of ours.Its the beauty of the message that captures you more than anything else.

  4. Lots of recommendations coming ur way..!! Do check Sami Yusuf’s version of Dam Mast Qalandar with Persian-Arabian instrumental arrangement in a london concert.That is If u have not already! it topped BBC world music chart for months.Being just an ordinary music enthusiast,im requesting ur expert opinion on this one.

    1. We are all ordinary music enthusiasts Safia. Cannot appreciate the recommendations enough. Will check everything and let you know. Keep them coming please, always hungry for music

  5. What on earth !! Ahad Raza Mir and momina singers ??? singing Ko ko Korina??? I would never forgive all of them.I would ..I would…

    1. oh man you won’t like my views on the song. I am sensing when I do visit Pakistan (shortly), I will be met with some angry stares due to my views on the song

  6. Whenver i hear Ali Sethi,he reminds me of Iqbal Baho..the perfect singing god of punjabi sufi kalam..i grew up listening to his Alif Allah chanbe di booti,kalam which even great Nusrat fateh Ali Khan couldnt sing like him.Music or no music..he would draw out ur soul with each and every word.I wish ali sethi sing it.he might do justice to it.No one else can.Such purity,such pathos,such connection.

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