By Fareeha Qayoom
ot that I want to rain on his parade but I think Coke Studio needs fresh new blood.
Its same old, same old; it started with the single “Jogi” and it went downhill fast from there…the epic song, it was not.
Another single “Laili Jaan” by Zeb and Haniya had a disappointing start as well. There is a distinct abrupt pause/seam between the start and the main body of the song…the song is not half bad – Jazz and the blues, mixed with regional flavors but what the heck, again, its same old, same old formula…
Episode one was more of the same. Yes, the Sufi track (Rabba Ho by Marvi and Zahoor) had loads of international flavors but coherence? No sir. It lacked je ne sais quoi? It was like different strands had been forcibly merged – it would have been more fun if the musicians and the vocalists had a chance to perform together…recording the vocals and the monotonous background together and then trying to mix it up with the instrumentals performed at separate locations doesn’t do it. It was just lame and a giant let-down; A+ for effort – C minus for the actual song though the instrumental between the vocals was interesting. Bottom line, Hayat was trying too hard to make it an epic and that effort failed spectacularly.
Ali Azmat (Babu Bhai) was the only redeeming feature of the entire episode. It was effortless. The lyrics were a commentary on our times so it struck a chord and there were no jarring notes in spite of the song being recorded separately in two places. It was also funny like Roy’s famous song Lagha rah…
Jaswal (Khayal) was just okay. When I played the audio for my colleague the other day, he told me to switch it to something else quickly!
Dil Mangay or!!! Please do something new or let someone else produce the show…the ideas are becoming hackneyed.