Coke Studio – Season 4: and the story continues…

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Coke Studio season 4, episode 1 aired this Sunday at 6:00 PM featuring Bilal Khan, Mizraab & Manan, Aktar Channal Zahri and Komal Rizvi, Jal and Sanam Marvi. By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

C oke Studio season 4, episode 1 aired this Sunday at 6:00 PM featuring Bilal Khan, Mizraab & Manan, Akhtar Channal Zahri and Komal Rizvi, Jal and Sanam Marvi.

Coke Studio Season 4First of all, not all channels started at 6:00 PM. We had to channel surf quite a lot. In the end we picked Aaj TV to watch the show. Unfortunately there were loads of commercials and news updates in between the songs. This was excruciating. So we decided to channel hop again after song number three. We ended up at TV One; this was even more painful…they stretched the program to after 8:00 PM! Anyway, Here’s my take on episode one:

To Kia Hua by Bilal Khan – excellent, Kuch Hai by Mizraab (& Manan) – the vocals and lyrics needed more work by Mizraab’s lead singer, however, Manan did a good job with his end of the song. I liked the Middle Eastern instrumental beat that was used at the start, middle and end of the song in between Mizraab’s vocals. It was like two songs had been forcibly fused together with no unifying theme to tie them together.

Dannah Pah Dannah by Akhtar Channal Zahiri and Komal Rizvi – again, it was like two distinctly different songs had been forcibly fused together without creating a bridge between them (It can be done successfully though, remember George Michael’s cover that fused Seal’s Killer with Papa was a rolling stone? Know what I mean?) Anyway, teaming a maestro with an amateur never works either – Komal was the weak link in this song even though she tried her best; her voice and range didn’t suit this type of a song…I wish they had got Zahiri to team up with a strong singer, because this could have been a show stopper of this episode. Oh well…

Ik Aarzoo by Jal – well, they also started well…however, fusing Mast Qalandar and another sufi verse with their own composition didn’t really work. If they had stuck to their own song till the end, we might have got somewhere. Sighra Aaween Saanwal Yaar by Sanam Marvi was excellent and predictable so no surprises there…

coke studio 2Overall two out of five is not bad for episode one. I think Rohail Hayat and Co. is trying too hard though. Sometimes simple is best. Instead of trying to fuse east with west in virtually every song or pop and rock with Sufi and folk, they can also experiment with vocal range, different and contrasting instruments and compositions – know what I mean? It’s probably why I liked Bilal Khan’s To Kia Hua the best with Sighra Aaween Saanwal Yaar by Sanam Marvi a close second – both were simple and effortless.

Let’s see what further goodies they have in store for us…Here’s looking at you kid! 😀

 

July 26, 2011, Tuesday, Coke Studio – season 4 playlist

 

O

verall, it was a great season. Rohail Hyatt and Co did some excellent work. There were some great collaborations and team work. For example, Ni Oothaan Waale, To Kia Hua, and Nindya Re  – these songs can be played anywhere, anytime to all kinds of audiences and age groups, (loved the lyrics, the vocals, the instruments, the musical score and arrangement).

 

I can especially identify with Oanthaan Waale’s underlying theme – timing is indeed everything in life. To Kia Hua – again, I can connect with “So what, so you lost out? Big deal…” and Nindya Re – song of the insomniacs everywhere – especially, the little ones who refuse to go to sleep when you want them to! Yeah…universally appealing and expressing very human emotions….I even liked Pyaar Naal. The only beef I had with it was the Mandolin. When you are talking about hate being equal to love and indifference being the real killer, the Mandolin was kind of a jarring note in the middle of it all… it sort of gave a different vibe to the song which would have been appropriate in a light, romantic love song, not this seriously deep and dark expression here…I also liked the piece of poetry recited by Esakhelvi at the end…Waqt Milla to sochain gay – (Translation: will think about it in my spare time!) That’s why it still makes my playlist and there are eleven songs instead of ten here…anyway, enjoy! ;D

 

If you disagree with my song choices, you are welcome to post your own. No hard feelings…

 

 

 

 

Ni Oothaan Waale

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55-ExedKAr0

 

To Kia Hua

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOfPDZSqXMk

 

Nindiya Re

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAIxCBm3ULk

 

Senraan Ra Baairya

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h7p4-15ZNU

 

Mandh Waai

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbEVCI8SQ-w

 

Nar Bait

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4AJ_7WiDTc

 

Mundari

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IMHuCKp9TA

 

Rang Laaga

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwOV4v3vWc0

 

 

Kangna

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXmIpbBOSvI

 

Baageshri

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RXhJS-JSK8

 

Pyaar Naal

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRoDbwoeBcQ

 

 

 

 

 

By the way, here’s the MP3 version of the top songs from Episode one and Two…

To Kia Hua by Bilal Khan – Episode one


 

Ni Oontaan Waale by Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi – Episode Two

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Fareeha Qayoom
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The publisher and editor-in-chief for Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), Fareeha is currently working at a media company as Content development Manager (or as they call it, the managing editor); she also served as the managing editor for Valuemag (Jan 08-July 09 – Print editions Valuemag 1-13). She has over 15 years of solid management experience in managing products, brands, projects, processes, staff, customers, vendors and time, plus, she has a MSc degree in Economics (and Business Administration) from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA and BA from Kinnaird. She also freelanced for The News on Sunday (1994-95). Tkfr.com chronicles some of her work – editing, writing, reporting and print and online media management. (1994-to date).

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  1. More reading?

    Episode 1
    Now, on the fourth leg of this amazing journey, Coke Studio returns to reveal an ever-widening range of musical influences and styles, enhancing our perceptions and enriching our relationships with Music. Coke Studio’s first episode of the season reveals an interesting cross-section of musical diversity in Pakistan – presenting fresh interpretations of contemporary songs as well as timeless classics.

    http://www.cokestudio.com.pk/Season.aspx?SeasonId=4

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  2. Coke Studio Episode 1: Maestros and mishaps
    By Rafay Mahmood
    Published: May 23, 2011

    KARACHI:

    Despite all the chaos that engulfed Karachi on Sunday night, Coke Studio’s season 4 was unveiled to the music-loving masses. With musical acts like Mizraab, Jal, Akhtar Chanal, Sanam Marvi and Bilal Khan featuring in Pakistan’s most popular musical act , the expectations were very high but only a few of musicians lived up to them.

    Coke Studio has now come of age and with musicians like Asad Ahmed and Omran Shafique in the house band, much more could have been done with the songs. The quality of backing vocals has tremendously improved with the sisters Zoe and Rachel Viccaji.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/174353/coke-studio-episode-1-maestros-and-mishaps/

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  3. Coke Studio: Challenging musical barriers
    by Safieh Shah on May 24th, 2011 | Comments (13)

    Before I begin, let me warn you that this review is glowing and flattering. Not in response to monetary incentives, but because I feel that the negative reactions to the episode I’ve read thus far lack depth, pay lip service to criticism and are snarky quips to establish intellectual superiority. Such criticism might be valid in its own right, but it tells us very little about the actual music and is more a logical argument with reactive judgements rather than an alignment of emotive responses with intellectual input. Which is why I wanted to pen how these songs made me feel, so that I could tease out the craft behind them. So if someone feels the need to criticise my views, they ought to resort to considering the music first, and hopefully that would create a more meaningful, rounded discussion.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/24/challenging-musical-barriers.html

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  4. Sing the pain away
    By Sami Shah
    Published: May 25, 2011

    I wish the first episode of “Coke Studio” had been better. Not just better, the best to date. I wish that first episode had featured the triumphant return of the Benjamin Sisters, singing with Arif Lohar, Abida Parveen, the ghost of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and a reunited Junoon. That every song was such a masterful fusion of rock-pop-qawwali-ghazal-bhangra and bebop, that rainbows erupted from our ears and we evolved to achieve the power of flight. Then, maybe, we would have been distracted from the wretchedness of the last few weeks. Instead, we got an episode that just divided us further as a nation. Viewers, already traumatised by the constant assaults on their sense of safety, which have forced them to confront their utter helplessness, lashed out at one another over the quality of Komal Rizvi’s vocals with misdirected anger. Another episode as divisive as this, and I am worried that fans and critics will form gangs and start target-killing one another.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/175847/sing-the-pain-away/

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  5. Episode 2 – aired on 6:00 PM – June 5, 2011, Sunday.

    overall…interesting stuff, no complaints. Generally a good episode; a professional job…

    Kirkir kirkir by Sajjad Ali – lightweight. As Ali himself put it, the song is not deep.

    Senraan Ra Bairya by Zoe Viccaji and Asif Hussain Samraat – gave me a feeling of deja vu. I think I have heard this before – may be Naheed Akhtar? Anyway, can’t remember…not bad.

    Ni Oothaan Waale by Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi – my favorite. I think this one was the show stopper…

    Nindya Re by Kaavish – easy listening…

    Kangna by Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad – traditional and classic…

    not bad, not bad at all….

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  6. June 19, 2011, Sunday, Episode 3 of coke studio aired on 6:00 PM on all major channels…

    over all interesting and highly innovative…though, I am not sure which is my favorite song from this episode yet… I will have to listen to all the tracks again to decide that…

    The line up included Mole’s Baageshri, Bilal Khan’s Lamha, Sanam Marvi’s Ith Naheen, Jal’s Panchi, and Ustaad Sami’s Mundari….

    Well, more later…

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  7. ‘Coke Studio’ Season 4 Episode 3: Great discoveries and wasted talent
    By Rafay Mahmood
    Published: June 20, 2011

    KARACHI:

    After taking the audience by storm with Sajjad Ali’s “Kir Kir” and the epic “Kangna” in episode 2, “Coke Studio” returns with a more experimental approach towards music. This episode features some really amazing talent in the form of Mole’s instrumental and yet another young female vocalist, Quratulain Baloch, who is definitely a great addition to Pakistani music.

    The house band also enters the classical realm with Ustad Saami in the line-up, but Bilal Khan, who has done a much better job this time around deserves special appreciation. Sanam Marvi had something different to offer but Jal, and especially Goher Mumtaz, proved that they are simply not “Coke Studio” material. Episode 3 of season 4 turned out to be a little boring, but the young talent managed to maintain a fresh sound.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/192742/coke-studio-season-4-episode-3-great-discoveries-and-wasted-talent/

    The second episode: A musical splendour
    By Rafay Mahmood
    Published: June 6, 2011
    KARACHI:

    When Attaullah Eesakhelvi, Sajjad Ali and Fareed Ayaz with Abu Mohammad Qawal perform in one studio session, the result is a truly awesome musical treat for listeners.

    The second episode of “Coke Studio’s” (CS) current season, which featured the above mentioned music stalwarts along with other important contemporary musicians, was undisputedly the best episode in the history of CS. In fact the quality of fusion music produced during this episode takes Pakistani music to the next level. CS’s in-house band deserves special kudos for playing the finest folk tunes of Pakistan with utmost perfection.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/183541/the-second-episode-a-musical-splendour/

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  8. Coke Studio, Season 4, Episode 4, July 3, 2011 aired this Sunday…

    Well…overall, interesting…Did I like it? I am not sure….

    I agree with Adnan (my younger bro) – they need a house composer as well…

    Anyway, this time the presence of the maestros wasn’t enough to save the show. Probably, this one was a victim of ‘group think.’ Coke Studio needs to work on their compositions…

    Brilliant vocals though, Rizvi was the only weak link (mediocre vocalist)…Sanam Marvi and Sajjad Ali, Esakhelvi, Zahiri and the band Sketches were equally all good (at vocals) – however, their songs didn’t strike a chord with me probably because of the way they were played (and probably because I only understood Punjabi)….some of the instrument choices were probably a mistake – like the Mandolin for Esakhelvi’s song…anyway…A for effort and vocals, C minus for compositions….

    ps I listened to episode 3’s tracks again…I still can’t figure out which is my favorite…

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  9. The Sketches: Recovering the true essence of Sindhi culture
    By Rafay Mahmood
    Published: July 7, 2011

    KARACHI:

    Charged with the goal to change the image of Sindhi people across the country, two university students started producing music in 2003 in order to convey a message to the wider public. They eventually formed a band, The Sketches, which essentially focuses on Sufi-pop music.

    The band rose to prominence through “Coke Studio 4” with their song “Mand Waai” which was well received — evident by the feedback they received from the Sindhi population. The song, which is a kalaam by legendary Sindhi scholar Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, has gone viral on social networking site Facebook.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/204575/the-sketches-recovering-the-true-essence-of-sindhi-culture/

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  10. Music Review: Coke Studio, Season 4, Episode 4
    By Danish Hyder 10 July 2011

    The last Coke Studio episode was satisfying enough. But YouTube previews suggested that the coming instalment would be quite strong at the very least. In its fourth episode, Coke Studio performed its usual balancing act of simple pleasures and ambitious experiments, and did a fine job.

    http://www.newslinemagazine.com/2011/07/music-review-coke-studio-season-4-episode-4/

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  11. Coke Studio: Musical voyage through various languages
    By Naveed Masood / Rafay Mahmood
    Published: July 4, 2011

    KARACHI:

    The second-last episode of “Coke Studio 4” took its viewers through a musical excursion across Pakistani culture. The latest session featured songs in six different languages including Bhraj, Sindhi, Balochi, Brahvi, Siraiki and Punjabi, other than Urdu. Displaying the cultural significance of music to different ethnicities of the country, the episode was definitely the most musically-rich one of this season, with house band dominating the studio in all songs.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/202232/coke-studio-musical-voyage-through-various-languages/

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  12. Coke Studio – Season 4, Episode 5 — aired on 6:00 PM — July 17, 2011, Sun­day

    Two new songs were featured – Beero Binjaaro by Asif Hussain Samraat and Mori Bangari by Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhmmad – the rest of the show was about a walk down memory lane, recapping the featured artists across the whole season…

    Personally, it was pretty anti-climatic for us because WAPDA changed the load-shedding timings and there was an outage from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Luckily, Oxygen Channel aired the show at 8:00 PM, however, we had to sit through the first hour again to watch the rest of the show…at least, we were able to watch the whole show in its entirety on July 17th luckily…

    The two new songs featured on this show were technically sound and pretty good listening…

    I am still thinking about my top ten play list for this season…hopefully, will post it by tonight….

    more later…

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  13. The music industry’s new frontier
    By Sher Khan
    Published: July 21, 2011

    LAHORE:

    Music companies and major artists across the globe have taken a big leap for the promotion of music — they use the internet to promote music. In Pakistan, very few companies have been able to manipulate this frontier to put local artists on the global map. However, although the trend is largely unexplored in this part of the world, it’s catching up with many mainstream artists going for online web-telecasting.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/214454/the-music-industrys-new-frontier/

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  14. Episode 5 – review

    With the airing of Episode 5, the journey of Coke Studio Season 4 comes to an end. Coke Studio’s fifth and final episode of the 2011 Season includes just two performances and that some more tracks will be released after Ramzan as announced by Coke Studio on their facebook page. So stay tuned for more music. The last episode also includes special featurettes that provides an intimate look at the people, the processes, the musical depth behind the creation of this year’s songs and presents an extended look at the personalities featured in Coke Studio 2011, spotlighting each of the 15 artists in a series of individual chapters.

    http://www.koolmuzone.com/2011/07/coke-studio-season-4-episode-5-pictures/

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  15. Saturday, May 05, 2012

    Music platform Coke Studio returns this year with the new season starting from May 13, bringing back a musical fusion of exciting elements and diverse influences, ranging from traditional Eastern, modern Western and regionally inspired music. Coke Studio, Season 5, aims to introduce new genres and fusion where featured artists would explore their heritage besides showcasing their unique styles.

    Since its inception, Coke Studio has explored layers of meaning, cultural identity and spiritual philosophies that lie behind each artistic expression. This season, maintaining the same approach of subtlety, Coke Studio will enable the audiences to witness a journey into the heart of our identity as a nation and allow cultivation of a sense of pride.

    Further, this season of Coke Studio will be exploring unique aspects of our culture by highlighting regional language songs and artists, introducing some gifted yet virtually unknown young singers who have arrived on this platform through their talents, passion and creativity. Season 5 will also showcase the creative and intellectual rediscovery of featured artists who will return to Coke Studio for the second time, while the young artists will discover their heritage by incorporating parts of Sufi poetry and philosophy in their music and writings.

    To this end, Season 5 witnesses Rohail Hyatt back at the helm and features Atif Aslam, Bilal Khan, Bohemia, Chakwalis, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad, Hadiqa Kiyani, Humayun Khan, Meesha Shafi, Tahir Mithu, Overload, Qayaas, SYMT and Uzair Jaswal.

    Season 5 also marks the return of the house band with Asad Ahmed on guitar, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Javed Iqbal on violin, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Omran ‘Momo’ Shafique on guitar, Sikander Mufti on multi-percussions and Rachel Viccaji and Zoe Viccaji on backing vocals. Joining the house band this season are two new talents: Farhad Humayun on drums and Mubashir Admani on keyboards. pr

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\05\05\story_5-5-2012_pg9_9

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