Coke Studio 9 – A Recap Of The #FinaleFriday

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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

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Sab Jag Soye, Quratulain Balouch & Shuja Haider

Sab Jag Soye, Quratulain Balouch & Shuja Haider, Season Finale…

Sab Jag Soye, Quratulain Balouch & Shuja Haider, Season Finale, Coke Studio Season 9 Pee Jaon originally performed and composed by Farhan Saeed, Momina Mustehsen & Saad SultanAdditional lyrics by Musheer Kazmi (Chandni Raatein)Music Directed by Shuja HaiderProduced by Strings A truly, well-crafted melody – ‘Sab Jag Soye’ is a duet performed by Quratulain Balouch and music director and vocalist, Shuja Haider. Taking the reigns from the beginning, the single opens with QB holding her own in a track that is impeccably designed around her voice, as the brooding and effective bass guitar riff makes way for a complete change in tempo. Through its energetic music structure – Shuja’s strong, melodic vocal abilities – the constant shifting of the pace makes the journey through the track unpredictably wonderful. #CokeStudio9

Posted by Coke Studio on Friday, September 23, 2016

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

Tu Kuja Man Kuja, Shiraz Uppal & Rafaqat Ali Khan, Season Fina…

Tu Kuja Man Kuja, Shiraz Uppal & Rafaqat Ali Khan, Season Finale, Coke Studio Season 9Original Composition by Nusrat Fateh Ali KhanLyrics by Muzaffar Warsi Music Directed by Shiraz UppalProduced by Strings‘Tu Kuja Man Kuja’ is a mesmerizing qawwali built upon a cyclic music structure that draws you in from start to finish within the space of its meticulously selected soundscapes. Rafaqat Ali Khan’s effortless and pitch perfect vocals brings the track into a spiritual and cosmic realm exhibiting words penned by Muzaffar Warsi, and originally composed by the maestro – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Shiraz Uppal’s soulful voice serves as the perfect accompaniment to the pulsing bass, and the inclusion of the dynamic tabla to maximize the essence of the traditional qawwali genre. #CokeStudio9

Posted by Coke Studio on Friday, September 23, 2016

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

Nimma Nimma, Shani Arshad, Season Finale, Coke Studio Season 9

Nimma Nimma, Shani Arshad, Season Finale, Coke Studio Season 9Lyrics by Sabir ZafarMusic Directed by Shani ArshadProduced by StringsAn affectionate ode to a mother, ‘Nimma Nimma’ explores the longing of love and nostalgia capturing a sea of emotions through the duration of the track. Composed and performed by music director, Shani Arshad – the beautiful and subtle songwriting by Sabir Zafar elevates the bar even further. An irresistible melody, underlining the eastern sensibilities with the string section and soft drums to accentuate the soundscape – Shani’s warm and soulful vocals are at once honest and heartrending. The interval featuring Sajid’s flute solo is particularly special as it translates the emotions of the singer and the lyrics into the piece that resonates through this deeply moving and heartfelt tribute. #CokeStudio9

Posted by Coke Studio on Friday, September 23, 2016

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

O Re, Noori, Season Finale, Coke Studio Season 9

O Re, Noori, Season Finale, Coke Studio Season 9Music Directed by NooriProduced by Strings‘O Re’ is a pop-rock track that’s brimming with nostalgia with an up-tempo, feel-good melody that’s as refreshing as is addictive. Written, composed and performed by Noori – the tune has stayed in the duo’s vault with some hundred odd unreleased tracks with Ali Hamza playing with this one for a good 8 years. ‘O Re’ is crammed full of energetic lively antics from the accordion solo adding a celebratory atmosphere to the soft alluring vocals, or the infectious chorus to impeccable guitar skills spewing from Ali Noor. The love-drenched single might be a rare release but the kind that won’t leave your mind long after you’ve asked it to. #CokeStudio9

Posted by Coke Studio on Friday, September 23, 2016

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

Dil Kamla, Natasha Khan & Faakhir Mehmood, Season Finale, Coke…

Dil Kamla, Natasha Khan & Faakhir Mehmood, Season Finale, Coke Studio Season 9Traditional FolkLyrics by Sabir ZafarMusic Directed by Faakhir MehmoodProduced by StringsA traditional Punjabi folk, ‘Dil Kamla’ is a beautifully composed collaboration performed in warm overtones by Natasha Khan, with music director Faakhir Mehmood. A delightfully romantic single, ‘Dil Kamla’ parks itself in the easy-listening category with the simple music arrangement merging seamlessly into the melody. The serene accordion pieces transport you to a familiar warm place as Natasha and Faakhir wander through a myriad of romanticism. Whilst the addition of the classic pop-rock power chord, and guitar riff drives the chorus layered with the choir style harmonies that create a delicate, and intricate soundscape of a track you can’t get enough of. #CokeStudio9

Posted by Coke Studio on Friday, September 23, 2016

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

Rang, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Amjad Sabri, Season Finale, Coke …

Rang, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Amjad Sabri, Season Finale, Coke Studio Season 9Kalaam of Ameer KhusroMusic Directed by Shani ArshadProduced by StringsIn all its melodramatic glory, and approximately 40 years ago, a shrine echoed with the sound of a traditional qawwali performed in an epic collaboration by the maestros, Ghulam Farid Sabri with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The divine kalaam of Amir Khusro – ‘Rang’ – soared through the skies. In what has been deemed as the most anticipated performance of Coke Studio’s Season 9, the two families return to the platform for the first time since, as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Amjad Sabri collaborate to perform the very track, four decades later.Recorded in the first and only take, as the song’s melodic heart unfolds Rahat’s vocals float over the top, forging ahead into well-known territories. With the rasp of Sabri’s rumbling vocals fuelled by a momentary key change, combining the sounds of the past and the present whilst igniting the sense of nostalgia most gracefully – carrying you off to somewhere else entirely. Embodying the classic traditional essence, the kalaam comes alive enriched by the raw, soulful inflections warming your heart and soul for many more decades. #CokeStudio9

Posted by Coke Studio on Friday, September 23, 2016

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.

Contributed By: Sara Tariq