With Coke Studio episode 3 digitally aired last night, some of our favourites have change. This was yet another episode filled with classic and contemporary. Episode 3 featured 4 songs, including ‘Laal Meri Pat’ by Quratulain Balouch, Arieb Azhar and Akbar Ali; ‘Ronay Na Diya’ by Sajjad Ali and Zaw Ali; ‘Baazi’ by Aima Baig and Sahir Ali Bagga; and ‘Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat’ by Humera Channa and Nabeel Shaukat as a humble tribute to Madam Noor Jehan.
‘Baazi’ was something we got our ears on for this episode and here’s why :
- Baazi :The folk traditional Baazi by the newbee Aima Baig and Sahir Ali Bagga is a winner for this season. Sahir colaborated with Aima for this folk traditional treack and how he would have not known that Aima is the suitable choice for this song, the lady spreads magic into this with her powerful life and brings out the actual essence, a surely mehendi function number for this wedding season. The song talks about getting the love of his/her loved one , whatever in return they might pay for this !A playful, traditional folk song, Baazi is a fire-cracker set aflame by the riveting vocals of Sahir Ali Bagga and Aima Baig. Kicking off with a mandolin channeling an aik-tara sets the scene for a rustic rendition of the age old-tale of an admirer trying to win over the love of his darling. A Siraiki classic, complete with a grooving bass and a truly ethnic percussive section, Sahir Ali Bagga’s music direction brings the song into a delightfully high-spirited terrain that is attempt to embody the true sounds of the soil.
- Lal Meri Pat :‘Laal meri pat’ was beautifully covered by QB, Arieb Azhar and Akbar Ali. This song is a melodious rendition of the original song.Entrancing, enthralling and ethereal, Strings’ rendition takes Laal Meri Pat past the threshold of a zealous dhamaal and places it into an ambient and spiritually opulent sonic environment. Arieb Azhar’s baritone spoken word juxtaposed with Akbar Ali’s haunting alaaps steer the song into a beautiful auditory vista as Quratulain Balouch’s unrestrained and captivating persona in the song adds to the trance of the reverie with each emphatic zephyr of dama-dam. A multi-faceted and nuanced blend of devotional poetry, fervent chants of ‘Jhulelal’ perched upon a dreamy, psychedelic soundscape of the sitar and a traditional groove, the rendition is rich with emotion and mysticism.
- Ronay Na Diya : Musical mastermind, Sajjad Ali makes a stunning debut on Coke Studio as a music director with his poignant rendition of Ronay Na Diya. The reproachful lament relays the overwhelming emotions of remorse and despair with musical inlays of a sorrowful clarinet and wistful vocals. Sajjad Ali’s classic, celebrated vocals find an interesting match as Zaw Ali brings a wild concoction of vibrant r&b vocal runs alongside her delicate but powerful classical chops. A gorgeous manifestation of grief, the song pays homage to the exquisite, Malika-e-Ghazal, Begum Akthar. This beautiful father daughter duo is on my repeat list , Zaw has some great music in her genes just like her father. We are surely looking forward to more from this talented and gorgeous lady.
- Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat :
- Bringing an avant-garde aesthetic to the Coke Studio landscape, Mekaal Hasan’s debut as a music director finds him taking a classic ghazal and framing it with progressive and experimental tropes. Unleashing his signature sound, courtesy of a lush guitar tone and Ahsan Pappu’s emotive flute-playing, Hasan creates a carefully constructed soundscape fitting for the themes of rapture and cruelty that Faiz touches upon in his poetry. The silvery vocals of Humera Channa paired with the honeyed tone of Nabeel Shaukat’s voice make for a fantastic combination to take on this humble tribute to Malika-e-Tarranum, Noor Jehan.
This episode paid tribute to madam Noor Jehan with the beautiful Mujh se pehli si muhabbat ! And Nabeel and Humera spilled the magic beans with this !!
This episode proved progress of Coke Studio , actually amazing success ! We are waiting for another episodes to release soon ! This season will surely bring us alot of memories and nostalgic moments and YES we are waiting for the best Coke Studio season so far !