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 Season 12, Episode 5, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Review of past episodes here --> episode 1, episode 2, episode 3 and episode 4 Heeray - There is a reason why I cringe every time I read a comment on videos of my favourite artists that says 'I wish Bollywood finds you'. There is no such thing as 'subtle' in Bollywood and very few artists … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 5, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 4, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Previous episode scribbles here - 1, 2, 3. Dhola - Sahir ali bagna + Aima Baig kickstart this and Bagga literally kickstarts it. There are few songs which could get an honour of being called an audio meme, this one and especially Bagga in this, would steal those honours forever. He is perennially high-pitched and to the point of … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 4, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 3, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Episode 1 review here, Episode 2 review here Chal raha hoo main - The song starts with a mellow arrangement and even though Umair Jaswal cries out in pain, he doesn't sound out of tune, because after all it is a cry, well executed. I absolutely loved the Sarod play by Tanweer Tafu, who not only plays the bridge part … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 3, 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

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

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

Suno – Shilpa rao (Review + Artist credits)

Ankhiyan Udeek - Accompanied by understated beats and an excellent israj by Arshad khan, this track is nothing like its countless re-imaginations by other Indian artists. Rao sounds comfortable (when has a difficult song troubled her anyway?). There is something in her voice that sticks in your head and if you couple that with excellent … Continue reading Suno – Shilpa rao (Review + Artist credits)

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 Pakistan Season 8, Episode 1 #CokeStudio8

Aankharli Pharookai - A somewhat familiar ring of Mai dhai’s voice immediately transports you to a desert where a lover is singing and calling out to her beloved who is out somewhere on his camel and that camel advances with a rhythmic bustle. The song is just not about the commanding rendition by Mai Dhai. … Continue reading CokeStudio Pakistan Season 8, Episode 1 #CokeStudio8

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

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

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