CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 6, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Previous episode links here - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Mundeya - Yes, so a 'spanish-sque' start of this song is the doing of some amazing string play. QB makes a quiet call first to Mundeya and I almost immediately understood that she would not be used well in the song. More on that later*. Ali Sethi … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 6, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

CokeStudio 12, Episode 2, Produced By: Rohail Hyatt – Review

Episode 1 review here Saiyaan - Shuja - I would get late to office if am listening to a song from him. I like his sincerity (which is now being promoted a lot, I must add). I love what Rachel does when she chooses to pick a microphone. This song though, from the word 'go' made … Continue reading CokeStudio 12, Episode 2, Produced By: Rohail Hyatt – Review

CokeStudio11 Episode 5

Old posts from this season- CokeStudio explorer 2018, Ep01, Ep02, Ep03 and Ep04 Malang - Sahir Ali Bagga & Aima Baig sound wonderful together and what a wonderful site to see Tanveer Hussain back in the studio. I like the tune of the song but am just at pains to understand the weird and distracting lighting that seems … Continue reading CokeStudio11 Episode 5

CokeStudio11 Episode 1

You can read my thoughts on CokeStudio Explorer 2018 here As has been a welcome tradition since season 8, the season 11 season opener and artist introduction was also done by a song and this was something that has affected almost everyone who has explored poetry and who understands Urdu. Hum Dekhenge was premiered about a month … Continue reading CokeStudio11 Episode 1

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

CokeStudio10 – Episode 4

Cokestudio10 - Episode 1 review here, Episode 2 review here, Episode 3 review here With the season sounding below average to put it mildly, I was more anxious than encouraged to see this episode. A well paced Naine moray featuring Sir Aamir Zaki, Akbar ali, the fabulous houseband, a brilliant Gul Muhammed on Sarangi and a … Continue reading CokeStudio10 – 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 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 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 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

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

Review – Coke Studio Season 5 Episode 3 – Keep it light!

The new episode is here! Here is what I feel about this 'light' episode. Nindiya ke paar - Uzair Jaswal starts this song in a light fashion with a lot of 'first love pangs' in his voice. The minimalist music arrangement compliments the soft style of singing and before you know Uzair weaves the timeless … Continue reading Review – Coke Studio Season 5 Episode 3 – Keep it light!

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