CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 4, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Previous episode scribbles here - 1, 2, 3. Dhola - Sahir ali bagna + Aima Baig kickstart this and Bagga literally kickstarts it. There are few songs which could get an honour of being called an audio meme, this one and especially Bagga in this, would steal those honours forever. He is perennially high-pitched and to the point of … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 4, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

CokeStudio11 Episode 7

You can read previous episode reviews by clicking on episode numbers here - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Jind Mahiya - A slow, almost reggae like pace mixed with obvious habibi influence is what catches your attention from the first second in the song. Shuja Haider's composition is as free flowing as his singing and even though … Continue reading CokeStudio11 Episode 7

Cokestudio 9, Episode 3

Khaki Banda - Apart from the fact that Ahmed Hussain's portions appeared to be loosely composed (at times), there is absolutely nothing that disrupted the experience of listening to this power song. The ease with which Ahmed throws his voice in the bylanes of melody is quite a contrast to the way Umair explores variation. … Continue reading Cokestudio 9, Episode 3

CokeStudio Season 7 roundup

This post first appeared in The Asian age sometime in December 2014. I couldn't find it anywhere so publishing it on my blog because some kind souls asked me about my thoughts on this season off late. CokeStudio Pakistan doesn't get the credit it deserves for throwing open a lot of subcontinent’s sound for experimentation … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 7 roundup

CokeStudio Season 9, Episode 1

Sasu Mangay - Naseebo lal and Umair Jaswal are in their elements in Sasu Mangay. I for one was so relieved to see Umair focussing on singing and not his distracting theatrics, and I quite liked his part. While I absolutely loved the way  Mahotarma Naseebo lends the colour of Rajasthan to the song,  what stood … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 9, Episode 1

CokeStudio Season 7 Episode 6 – Review

After a break, CokeStudio Pakistan's Season 7 resumes! Chaap tilak - When names like Abida parveen and Rahat fateh ali Khan appear in the same song with CokeStudio Pakistan's iconic backdrop, you do expect a lot. This is of course, if Rahat fateh ali Khan is not in his 'done to death Bollywood singing avatar', … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 7 Episode 6 – Review

CokeStudio Season 7, Episode 3 – Review

Sunn Ve Balori - Meesha Shafi kick starts the episode with this song and the way it begins, you would be hard pressed to think if you have heard so much attitude off late in any song? It is not surprising because Omran Shafique is on Guitar with Ustad Tafu (who incidentally, composed the original … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 7, Episode 3 – Review