Coke Studio: Season 7 – Effortless, Professional and Slick

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August 28, 2014
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September 28, 2014

 

By Fareeha Qayoom

 

Coke Studio Season 7 finally debuted this weekend. (Late start because of the “Dharna’s” – Imran Khan’s political protest movement – it was supposed to start on September 7th according to all those billboards but no show for the past two weekends.) Unfortunately, I forgot to check the schedule on line – most of the TV Channels were again tuned on Imran Khan’s Karachi protest – finally, found two channels that were tuned to Coke Studio. Sigh.

 

The first song I saw was Asrar Shah’s “Ali, Ali” – strong vocals, distinctive sound and the only surprise of the show in the sense that I had never heard him before. Amir Zaki collaborated on the guitar. I am sure the song will grow on me. Not bad for a debut performance.

 

Niazi Brothers were no surprise. The song was no shocker either – they continued the family tradition, singing Tufail Niazi’s famous hit; effortless, no jarring notes and fun, command performance but hardly something new.

 

Ustaad Raees Khan and Abida Parveen are again maestros at their game. They made it look easy. It was again a faultless performance. What can you say except great job?

 

Sajjad Ali sang a slow number “Naraz” from his archive collection – again, no surprises – he’s a great vocalist and his range is known to all.

 

Bottom line, Season 7, episode one by Strings is an effortless, professional production that is indeed “Sound of the Nation” reinterpreting the traditional musical instruments of Sitar, Dholak, Flute – bringing together surprise collaborations from guest stars and the house band. I have no faults to find, though, the presentation is pretty low-key because it borrows from our musical roots and traditions, therefore, hardly contains any elements of surprise– very smooth job indeed.

 

This episode reminds me of Sade’s song – smooth operator…! 😀

 

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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  1. more reading?

    Coke Studio Ep 1 review: Pop that bottle, because the fizz is back
    By Zinnia Bukhari
    For those of you who haven’t been able to tear themselves away from the dharnas on their TV screens, the first episode of Coke Studio Season 7 went online on the official Facebook page quietly, 24 hours ahead of schedule.

    Public opinion on the changes in the studio was split into two factions – those that thought the ship would sink without Rohail Hyatt at the helm, and those who though that Hyatt’s tenure as producer was becoming tedious.

    Coke Studio enthusiasts everywhere can heave a sigh of relief.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1133593

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  2. Season 7, Ep 2 – another good one – all familiar material, done well…no complaints. Here’s still looking at you kid! 🙂

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  3. Season 7,episode 3 – another good one.
    Very interesting…especially the mash up nadiya.

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  4. Season 7, Episode 4 – interesting…esp. the instrumental…

    more reviews?
    http://www.dawn.com/news/1137324
    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/10/12/entertainment/coke-studio-episode-4-a-melodious-spell/

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  5. Season 7, Episode 5, 6, 7 – no dislikes. All good.

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