Coke Studio 9 – A Complete Review Of Episode 1

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Well, it’s that time of the year again when the entire nation looks forward to what the latest season of Coke Studio has to offer. Each new episode is a highly anticipated one; music enthusiasts and critics  flood social media with their views and  reviews after each release. The anticipation and excitement for Coke Studio 9 is no different.

The season opened with a beautiful tribute which was the perfect example of the power of music. Uniting Pakistan as a nation once again, it struck the right cords and pulled the real strings to the heart. Aye Rah-e-Haq- Ke Shaheedo brought together the music industry’s finest for the best emotional tribute to date.

With a beginning this perfect, we got our hopes real high! Two years back the Strings duo took charge after Rohail Hyatt left, and this year was all about big experiments. Each song has a guest producer or ‘music director’ this season, for the good or bad, read the review and find out.

Coke Studio 9 episode 1 was a mix of variety and various collaborations!

Sasu Mangay, Naseebo Lal & Umair Jaswal – Folk Meets Rock!

Music Directed by Shiraz Uppal
Produced by Strings

Sasu Mangay, Naseebo Lal & Umair Jaswal, Episode 1, Coke Studio 9

Sasu Mangay, Naseebo Lal & Umair Jaswal, Episode 1, Coke Studio 9Music Directed by Shiraz UppalProduced by Strings#CokeStudio9The composition and the music of “Sasu Mangay” immediately carry you to the desolate deserts of Rajasthan, where the folk song originated. Maneuvering between the contrasting territory of folk and soft rock genres, the collaboration calls Naseebo Lal and Umair Jaswal’s distinctive talents to the surface. Whilst the musicians and the house band lay the foundation comprising mouth rhythms and traditional instruments to create an addictive hook line – the acoustic rhythm of the track with Naseebo’s impeccable vocal range gently merge into the western chord progression when Jaswal’s beasty vocals make an appearance, gelling seamlessly into one another.

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Sasu Mangay is all about the fusion that Coke Studio is known for, combining Naseebo Lal’s Rajasthani dialect with Umair Jaswal’s rockstar energy, the episode opened to a collaboration like never before. While Umair Jaswal did try to keep composed this time around, Naseebo Lal’s powerful delivery just stole the show.  (One can’t stand next to a living legend and not be overshadowed is what we believe.) To sum it up, good job Jaswal and thank you Coke for bringing in a living legend. Also, note that the song director Shiraz Uppal contributed to Atif Aslam’s rendition of ‘Tajdar-e-Haram’ last season, this had to be good!

 

Janay Na Tu, Ali Khan – A song for the love sick?

Music Directed by Jaffer Zaidi
Produced by Strings

Janay Na Tu, Ali Khan, Episode 1, Coke Studio 9

Janay Na Tu, Ali Khan, Episode 1, Coke Studio 9Music Directed by Jaffer Zaidi Produced by Strings#CokeStudio9"Janay Na Tu” is an irresistibly catchy ballad carved from Ali Khan’s age-old distinct style and dressed up in music director, Jaffer Zaidi’s finest music arrangement a pop song could boast of. Penned by Ali Khan himself, at its core the song is a requiem for love paired with string section’s gentle instrumentation, and the house band’s orchestration creating a bridge whilst cushioning on a simple melody. After a hiatus of almost a decade, the track serves as a timely release of another nostalgic tune that Ali Khan is most remembered for.

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Ali Khan hit the right notes with Saathiya, but this time around his comeback song failed to capture much attention is all that we can say. No Ali, no! The melody and words are so last season that we just couldn’t connect or bear with. Too love sick for our taste maybe? The episode started with some great energy and then mellowed down with the next song only. (People going through heartbreak might have liked this particular song  though)

 

Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan, Zeb Bangash

Music Directed by Noori
Produced by Strings

Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan, Zeb Bangash, Episode 1, Coke Studio 9

Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan, Zeb Bangash, Episode 1, Coke Studio 9Music Directed by NooriProduced by Strings#CokeStudio9With an opening chorus that could easily trick one into thinking you were listening to a cover of an old classic song, “Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan” is an original, and an incalculably organic tune performed by Zebunnisa Bangash featuring Noori. Written by Zehra Nigah, the words flow around love in all its forms portraying the classic romantic sensibility, together with harmonies adding the depth and the infectious chorus running through the track’s veins. Zeb’s personality and classically trained vocal talent shines strong, while Ali Hamza and Ali Noor’s vocals drift over the top of the lush instrumentation arranged by them as music directors, encapsulating all their strengths in this instantly catchy, sing-along song.

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With an opening chorus that could easily trick one into thinking you were listening to a cover of a classic Nazia Hasan song, “Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan” is an ORIGINAL. Performed by Zeb Bangash featuring Noori the words flow around love, life, and harmony. However, the highlight remained Ali Hamza dancing to the beats in his yellow dupatta and playing that guitar. This song fits perfectly in the Shaadi playlists this season. It’s so catchy that some might even want to fall in love or get married because of it!

 

Aaqa, Abida Parveen & Ali Sethi – The song with a soul!

Music Directed by Shuja Haider
Produced by Strings

Aaqa, Abida Parveen & Ali Sethi, Episode 1, Coke Studio 9

Aaqa, Abida Parveen & Ali Sethi, Episode 1, Coke Studio 9 Music Directed by Shuja HaiderProduced by Strings#CokeStudio9“Aaqa”, the first collaborative single of the duo – Abida Parveen & Ali Sethi – is the kind of devotional piece that greets your soul with immaculate clarity from the very onset. With the serene soft guitar, the song’s melodic heart unfolds as Abida Parveen and Ali Sethi’s shared musical heritage takes the reigns with their high-pitched vocals taking the track through the roof. The soundscape, constructed by music director Shuja Haider featuring a ferocious beat of the drums, layered with inimitable rhythm of the harmonium, coupled with the commanding Rubab chords convey the emotions that transcend lyrically – allowing the vocals a chance to take center stage, and creating a mammoth single that’s ever so poignant.

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Aaqa”, the first collaborative single of the duo – Abida Parveen & Ali Sethi – is the kind of devotional piece that greets and speaks to your soul. The words are beautiful, the composition is so perfect that it is guaranteed to wake the Sufi in you! It’s not easy to complement the vocals of the legendary Abida Parveen and perform next to her, but it won’t be unfair to say Ali did a beautiful job doing justice! The song even got praises from across the border.

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