CokeStudio 9, Episode 4

Uddi Ja  - Mohsin Abbas Haider has a strong voice and he sung this song rather well. At the risk of being repetitive, the arrangement was a bit too much for me. The lyrics and composition were top class no doubt but it could have been a bit more subtle. Aaya Laariye  - Meesha Shafi, … Continue reading CokeStudio 9, Episode 4

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CokeStudio 9, Episode 2

Bholay bhalay saiyya - starts with the autotuned (or whatever the hell it is called) voice of shani Arshad. It didn't put me off because experiments are important aren't they? I am quite keen to understand how the song was conceptualised. In a bid to sound a bit too 'desi', the nasal calls of 'saiyyan' … Continue reading CokeStudio 9, Episode 2

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

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – O.S.T. Review

The latest offering by Mira nair features various artists and the album has as many as 14 tracks. The album starts with Kangna,a traditional qawaali performed wonderfully by Fareed ayaz and Abu Muhammad. The accentuated bass towards the end remind us that this is for a Film and not performed for anything else. Although the … Continue reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist – O.S.T. Review

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

THE Coke Studio Season 5, Episode 2

Afer a superb Episode 1 it was obvious for us to wait for the episode 2 and it's out now! Lets see the contents of this melody goodybag! Ishq aap bhe awalla - Chakwal Group & Meesha shafi - Yes, Meesha shafi is back but this time it's not just about her, its about the mind … Continue reading THE Coke Studio Season 5, Episode 2