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 … Continue reading CokeStudio11 Episode 8

CokeStudio11 Episode 4

You can click these links for previous episode reviews - CokeStudio 2018 explorer, Season 11 episode 1, Season 11 episode 2, Season 11 episode 3 Atish - Shuja Haider's voice has a calming effect on the senses and he is one of the best finds of the 'Post season 6' Cokestudio. Here he chooses a layered … Continue reading CokeStudio11 Episode 4

CokeStudio Season 9, Episode 6

Lagi Bina / Chall Mele Noon Challiye  by Sanam Marvi & Saieen Zahoor - Jaffer Zaidi.  What a clean rendition by Sanam Marwi to start the song. I had goosebumps when the padharo share des part made a quick appearance. She is closest to Abida parveen in terms of never losing a note even when she goes high … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 9, Episode 6

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 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

Review – CokeStudio Season 8, Episode 4 #CokeStudio8

Episode 1 review here, Episode 2 here, Episode 3 here Rabba Ho - Trust Strings of season 8 to have a million variation in a song that is less than 7 mins. So far it has worked and this song here is no different. Mulazim Hussain reminds me of Sonu nigam and with all the … Continue reading Review – CokeStudio Season 8, Episode 4 #CokeStudio8

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 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