CokeStudio 12, Episode 1, Produced By: Rohail Hyatt – Review

Season Premiere Wohi Khuda hai - Trust Rohail Hyatt to kickstart the season with a gem that didn't really need polishing, till he polished it and presented to us. Atif Aslam, who has done more than his fair share of mesmerising work for Rohail Hyatt in the studio, gets spiritual and aces it. The silent … Continue reading CokeStudio 12, Episode 1, Produced By: Rohail Hyatt – Review

CokeStudio 10 – Episode 7, Season Finale

Previous Episode reviews - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Tera Naam - Trust Sajjad ali to give a geet, a ghazal-sue turn and make us go all of us gooey. A Very well presented song that has a lot of love wrapped. There is a very 1980s-sque sound to the song in the way that … Continue reading CokeStudio 10 – Episode 7, Season Finale

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 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 at MTV – Season 2, Episode 1

Saathi Salaam - Ustad (yes I would address him as 'Ustad'. So what if MTV doesn't?) Sawan khan shakes and stirs the soul with a captivating start to this composition and Clinton quietly makes space for himself alongside the Ustad and delivers what is easily the most powerful song of this episode. The coordination, music … Continue reading CokeStudio at MTV – Season 2, Episode 1

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

CokeStudio Season 5, Episode 1 – First impressions

The cokeStudio Pakistan is back with Season 5! The episode 1 premiered on YouTube 3 hours back and here are some first impressions of the same.. The House band remains more or less the same - Asad Ahmed on guitar, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Javed Iqbal on violin, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Omran … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 5, Episode 1 – First impressions

Alif Allah

Just another attempt to capture the words which affected me, in a good way. The credit for translation goes to various Pakistan websites who helped me put this here...so thank them if you need to 🙂   Alif allah chambay di booti, tey meray murshid mann vich lai hoo My master has planted the fragrant … Continue reading Alif Allah

Na Raindee hai…cokestudio (Pakistan)

This post is just an effort to cage the lyrics of this beautiful song at a ready reference point. If you haven't heard it...you must try at least once...here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxH5wQtWZqQ These lines by Baba Bulleh shah just go on to underline the fact....one should not look OUTSIDE. The truth is within...(Guiding philosophy of Vipassana as … Continue reading Na Raindee hai…cokestudio (Pakistan)

Senaan ra baairya – lyrics and translation

سینڑاں را بائریا دھیمو مدھرو ری باج senṛaan ra baairya dheemo madhuro ri baaj listen, O breeze, softly and sweetly blow دھیمو دھیمو مدھرو ری باج رے بائریا dheemo dheemo madhuro ri baaj re baaireeya softly, softly, sweetly blow, O breeze سینڑاں را بائریا دھیمو مدھرو ری باج senṛaan ra baairya dheemo madhuro ri baaj … Continue reading Senaan ra baairya – lyrics and translation

Daanay peh daana – Coke Studio – translation

Source - many but chiefly - Pakium.net - Thank you guys A song which has literally held my senses in it's captivity. Hear it if you haven't. The translation is as under... ji ba tara live long! ae khatti khaba?i baawa kana bashmabo hey! Khatti and Khabri, my sons, wake up! saaf de ?ik tissune … Continue reading Daanay peh daana – Coke Studio – translation

Coke Studio India…the journey begins June 17th

A well established fact remains that music is a universal language that knows no boundaries and has the power to break down barriers and bring people together. To celebrate and further the cause of love and togetherness through music, Coke has done the world a huge favor by introducing us all to Coke Studio. Coke … Continue reading Coke Studio India…the journey begins June 17th