Cokestudio11 Episode 6

You can read previous episode reviews by clicking the episode numbers here - 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Illallah starts with a an alaap so good, I went back to it several times. The calm start makes us buy into the song and how about those lovely set of vocalists? Easily one of the … Continue reading Cokestudio11 Episode 6

CokeStudio11 Episode 2

Review Cokestudio Explorer here and Episode 1 here Runaway - starts with Gul Mohammad (on Sarangi and NOT israj) and in a contrasting touch, Krewella steal the pace from a near paused mood to a breezy pop like song that is immensely enjoyable. What I felt was a bit too early in the song is when Riaz Qadri and … Continue reading CokeStudio11 Episode 2

CokeStudio Explorer – 2018

It is hard for me to get excited about most of the music which is coming out these days. 2014-fication of music on Indian scene happened much before achche din of 2014.  Long time ago when social media wasn’t about getting employment/assignments through ‘liking’ and ‘retweeting’, we used to have a good set of music … Continue reading CokeStudio Explorer – 2018

CokeStudio10 – Episode 5

Review links for previous episodes of CokeStudio10 - 1,2,3,4 Sab Maya hai - Sanwal has a powerful voice and you will not waste a second in the song to realise this. While Ataullah's voice is the one with deep rooted traditional touches, Sanwal comes up fluid, more contemporary and with fabulous command. Obviously the old song was re-imagined … Continue reading CokeStudio10 – Episode 5

CokeStudio 10 – About to begin

and the featured artists line up is online! check it here ---> http://www.cokestudio.com.pk/season10/artists.html?WT.cl=1&WT.mn=Artists I hope the cynic in me is wrong. There has been too much 'buzz' even before the teaser is out and when that happens it normally means the show would be self absorbed and self indulgent. I hope I am wrong. Cannot. Wait. … Continue reading CokeStudio 10 – About to begin

CokeStudio 9, Episode 5

Thoughts on CokeStudio 9, Episode 5 Jhalliya by  Javed Bashir, Masooma Anwar & Shahzad Nawaz has such a confident start and that voice of Shahzad! Pleasantly surprised at the solid and controlled voice of Masooma, what a find (for us Indians, that is!). This is a good song by all means, still not something that we … Continue reading CokeStudio 9, Episode 5

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 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 8 Episode 3 #CokeStudio8

You can read the Episode 1 review here and Episode 2 review here Man Amadeh am - Gul and Atif give us a folk-pop-routine fused song which is brilliant in bits but cacophonous in the rest. I would have loved a slightly subtle arrangement in the middle portions of the song. Absolutely loved the way … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 8 Episode 3 #CokeStudio8

CokeStudio Pakistan Season 8, Episode 2 #CokeStudio8 #Review

You can read the review of Episode 1 here The traditional cover of ‘Sakal Bann’ by Rizwan-Muazzam is powerful, solid and melodious. The houseband has played its part very well and they are ably assisted by super backups from the Qawwal group. Muazzam ali khan looks like a man possessed and sounds exactly how the … Continue reading CokeStudio Pakistan Season 8, Episode 2 #CokeStudio8 #Review

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 Pakistan – Season 7, Episode 5 – Review

Mujhe Ek baar - The wonderful Abbas Ali Khan who enthralled us in Phool Banro earlier this season returns with a modern ghazal treated somewhat too much. The qalaam is superlative but the overall track sounds overproduced. The singing is top class and I am in love with the element of finality with which this … Continue reading CokeStudio Pakistan – Season 7, Episode 5 – Review

CokeStudio Pakistan Season 7, Episode 4 – Review #CokeStudio7

Shakar Wandaan Re - The track starts with Tanveer Hussain's mesmerizing banjo and you won't be judged for thinking there are good things in store. Asrar keeps it light and hits it out of the park! Everything is spot on and the track is ably supported by the backup trio of Momin durrani, Rachel Viccaji … Continue reading CokeStudio Pakistan Season 7, Episode 4 – Review #CokeStudio7

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

CokeStudio Pakistan, Season 7, Episode 2

With the first episode hitting the right note for about 50% and horribly distracting screen heroics, we move to the episode 2 of the Season 7. With exciting artist line up, this one promised a lot in advance itself! Washmallay - A traditional Baloch song that witnessed the reunion of the old gang of 'Komal … Continue reading CokeStudio Pakistan, Season 7, Episode 2

CokeStudio Pakistan Season 7, Episode 1

Yes, I gave in to the temptation to write about CokeStudio pakistan, Season 7, Episode 1 First, some background. If you have time to kill, you can check previous posts in this blog about CokeStudio pakistan. I have been blamed as being a bit 'too pro pakistan' when it comes to CokeStudio Pakistan. I have … Continue reading CokeStudio Pakistan Season 7, Episode 1

Thoughts of Episode 4 & 5 – CokeStudio Pakistan Season 6

Episode 4 Aamay Bhashaili Rey – Alamgir sahab started this in what is called Dhaka bangla, I am told. A heart breaking and tear inducing request made to the ‘majhi’. Alamgir sahab isn’t new to singing so it was hardly a surprise to see him taking this traditional composition and hugging it out melodiously. Fariha … Continue reading Thoughts of Episode 4 & 5 – CokeStudio Pakistan Season 6

CokeStudio Pakistan, Season 6, Thoughts on Episode 1 to 3

The yearly ritual of waiting for the new season of CokeStudio 'Original wala' was rewarded by the entire team of CokeStudio Pakistan. While most musicians are still struggling with 'fusion', Rohail has upped the ante and has moved the entire CokeStudio Pakistan to the next level of fusion this time round. You can read more … Continue reading CokeStudio Pakistan, Season 6, Thoughts on Episode 1 to 3

Review – CokeStudio India – Season 3 Episode 3 (Clinton Cerejo)

1. Peer jalani - starts with a very infectious riff and then Manga Khan weaves his magic (with excellent guitars for company). The presence of khartaal and morchang sets the song nicely. It is not a typical 'studio folk' so it takes time to leave a mark.Clinton also gets to sing and the singing is … Continue reading Review – CokeStudio India – Season 3 Episode 3 (Clinton Cerejo)

CokeStudio India Season 3, Episode 2 – Bolo Ram Ram Ram!

1. Dum dum andar - Samantha Edwards prays in the company of good guitars and the feeling of 'thehraav' sets in. Just then, Guitars start playing up and change the hitherto slow pace of the song. Sona Mohapatra makes a quiet entry to the song and sings traditional dum dum (More about the song dum … Continue reading CokeStudio India Season 3, Episode 2 – Bolo Ram Ram Ram!

CokeStudio Season 5, Episode 5

Dasht e tanhai - Meesha shafi starts this with a soulful touch (with minimal music) and the composition comes to life with the typical ‘CokeStudio-sque’ style with all the music hitting us barely 2 minute in the song. The comparison with the Iqbal bano’s version is an obvious ‘Go-to’ topic for this. I haven’t heard … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 5, Episode 5

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 … Continue reading Coke studio, Pakistan Season 5, Episode 4