The much awaited season finale was finally released on Friday. And for many fans, the moment was quite an emotional one. Amjad Sabri made his debut and his final performance in this season. Though there are many remarkable singers in this episode, Amjad Sabri remains the highlight of the show.
Coke Studio 9 – A Recap Of The #FinaleFriday
Sab Jag Soye, Quratulain Balouch & Shuja Haider
The first song, “Sab Jag Soye” is a duet performed by Quratulain Balouch & Shuja Haider. The song opened broodingly but almost immediately picked up tempo. The track played to Quratulain’s vocal strengths and she handled herself impeccably throughout the performance. The song seemed to keep switching in pace to keep it unpredictable and fun, escalating our enjoyment to the maximum. It was a fun song.
Tu Kuja Man Kuja, Shiraz Uppal & Rafaqat Ali Khan
It was followed by “Tu Kuja Man Kuja” which is a qawwali sung by Shiraz Uppal and Rafaqat Ali Khan; and penned by Muzzafar Warsi. It was originally composed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Both the singers did justice to this song; Rafaqat Ali Khan’s vocals were pitch perfect and were complemented perfectly by Shiraz Uppal’s more soulful vocals. The tone of the qawwali was emphasized by the tabla and the bass. Overall, it was a mesmerizing tune.
Nimma Nimma, Shani Arshad
The third song was, “Nimma Nimma” composed and performed by the music director, Shani Arshad. An ode to a mother, the song’s lyrics are full of affection and nostalgia. Shani Arshad sang this song beautifully; his soft, warm voice capturing the soul of the song perfectly. It was a heartfelt tribute paid to a mother and we were deeply moved listening to it. Well done.
O Re, Noori
The fourth song, “O re” is a lively, infectious number written, composed and performed by Noori. The song opened with an accordion solo which immediately gripped us and took us into the energetic, feel good melody. The sound was soft, alluring and refreshing at the same time. The Noor brothers seemed to have a lot of fun performing this song and we had a lot of fun listening to it.
Dil Kamla, Natasha Khan & Faakhir Mehmood
The next song was, “Dil Kamla”, which is a collaboration between Natasha Khan and Faakhir Mehmood.. This Punjabi folk song started off softly, picking up tempo as it went on. The music arrangement was simple which complemented the sweet melody well. We were engulfed in a warm, familiar feeling as we listened to this piece. An addition of the pop-rock power chords kept the song upbeat and fun. We enjoyed it.
Rang, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Amjad Sabri
The last song “Rang”, written by Ameer Khusro and sung by the late Amjad Sabri and Rahat Fateh Ali, held special meaning for the Coke Studio fans. Most importantly because this qawwali was released posthumously, after the assassination of the legendary qawwal, Amjad Sabri in June; and also because it was a homage to the original by Nusrat Fateh Ali and Ghulam Farid Sabri, the former who was Rahat Fateh Ali’s uncle and the latter who was Amjad Sabri’s father.
The qawwali packed an emotional punch. It took us on a soul-stirring journey leaving us moved to our cores. The vocals, by both the singers, were powerful and tugged deeply at our heart strings. This was a heartrending performance by both the performers. The melody was enriching, soulful and alive. Seeing Amjad Sabri perform left us misty eyed and it is a true saying, talent never dies.
The end of the episode marks the end of Coke studio 9 and it was a heart-wrenching finale for many. What does the future hold? We can only wait till next year to find out.