A Round-up Of Coke Studio 9 Episode 5

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Episode 4 restored our faith in the magic of  Coke Studio and had us looking forward to the next episode. To our disappointment, the new episode did not entirely live up to our expectations. The songs failed to make a very lasting impact, unlike “Uddi Ja” or “Paar Chanaa De”.

A Round-up Of Coke Studio 9 Episode 5

Main Raasta – Momina Mustehsan & Junaid Khan

Main Raasta, Momina Mustehsan & Junaid Khan, Episode 5, Coke S…

Main Raasta, Momina Mustehsan & Junaid Khan, Episode 5, Coke Studio Season 9Music Directed by NooriProduced by StringsA true collaboration between Momina Mustehsan and Junaid Khan, ‘Main Raasta’ is a firecracker of a pop-rock anthem that brims with confidence. Powerful and emotive, the track screams music directors Noori’s signature style – awash with pounding drums and warped guitars, masterfully blending into one another. The teamwork went beyond lending the voices; the duo struck a balance by spending several days confined in a studio working on the melody and the lyrics. Junaid’s hushed chest voice and perfect falsetto puts the expressivity of Momina’s vocals at the forefront of the track featuring a guitar solo by her that helps bring the song’s explosive personality to life. #CokeStudio9

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The first song was “Main Raasta”, which is a collaboration between Junaid Khan and Momina Mustehsan. It’s a song about accomplishing dreams and letting nothing stand in one’s way; a pop-rock anthem that had us stomping our feet and hollering along. Momina and Junaid sang with heart and passion. It was a pleasure listening to them. They both shone in this performance. The band Noori, were the music directors and their signature style was reflected throughout the song with Ali Noor coming in with an epic guitar solo. This song was a win in our books.

Shamaan Pai Gaiyaan / Kee Dam Da Bharosa – Rachel Viccaji & Kashif Ali

Shamaan Pai Gaiyaan / Kee Dam Da Bharosa, Rachel Viccaji & Kas…

Shamaan Pai Gaiyaan / Kee Dam Da Bharosa, Rachel Viccaji & Kashif Ali, Episode 5, Coke Studio Season 9Music Directed by Shiraz UppalProduced by StringsIn it’s opening bars ‘Shamaan Pai Gaiyaan / Kee Dam Da Bharosa’ – a duet featuring Kashif Ali and Rachel Viccaji – might trick you into believing that its simply going to be more of the same. Starting with Kashif’s low key vocals over tiptoeing piano, the first track originally sung by Naseebo Lal is structured by music director Shiraz Uppal in a way that keeps the quiet, unplugged moments interesting. Half way through the track, Rachel enters with those rich soulful vocal tones set against the high-energy double tempo highlights in the instrumentation featuring a slick bass solo by Amir Azhar. Ironically, the same Amir Azhar played mandolin for the original track, sung by Madam Noor Jehan in 1996 – the last time she sang for a film. #CokeStudio9

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Followed up by ‘Shamaan Pai Gaiyaan / Kee Dam Da Bharosa’, which is a duet sung by Kashif Ali and Rachel Viccaji. It was originally sung by Madam Noor Jahan and is a song about a lover waiting for their lover and worried about their beloved’s safety. The song starts out softly and sweetly with Kashif Ali singing the opening verses and Rachel Viccaji jumping in the latter half to rev it up. Her rich, powerful voice complemented Kashif Ali’s low-key vocals perfectly. Amir Azhar played a bass solo; incidentally, he also played the mandolin for the original, putting a fun spin on the original. We enjoyed it.

Sadaa – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Sadaa, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Episode 5, Coke Studio Season 9

Sadaa, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Episode 5, Coke Studio Season 9Music Directed by Shani ArshadProduced by Strings‘Sadaa’ acts as a transport to a faraway land starring Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s quietly powerful vocals that bleed into this soul stirring ‘dhamaal’ to honor Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. The glorious rolling melody composed by Rahat himself float over the recognizable traditional rhythm of the dhol and dholak at the shrines – accompanied by a funk soundscape comprising restricted drums, immaculate bass lines, electric guitar et al – skillfully constructed by music director Shani Arshad. #CokeStudio9

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Third up was the song “Sadaa”, written and sung by Rahat Fateh Ali, honoring Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. Rahat Fateh Ali’s vocals are powerful and soulful, reminiscent of Qawaali singers. The song’s use of the dholak also builds a rhythm we often hear at shrines. However, the most interesting part was the addition of funk using electric and bass guitars, drums and other instruments not often associated with such songs.

Jhalliya – Javed Bashir, Masooma Anwar & Shahzad Nawaz

Jhalliya, Javed Bashir, Masooma Anwar & Shahzad Nawaz, Episode…

Jhalliya, Javed Bashir, Masooma Anwar & Shahzad Nawaz, Episode 5, Coke Studio Season 9Music Directed by Faakhir Mehmood Produced by StringsOn ‘Jhalliya’ – the duo, Javed Bashir and Masooma Anwar stay familiarly close to their dual strengths. With a bracing blend of swift guitar, the track opens in an intimate atmosphere as Shahzad Nawaz makes a guest appearance narrating words by Bulleh Shah at intervals. In the original composition by Faakhir Mehmood, and additional lyrics by Sabir Zafar and Javed Bashir, this sufi-style rendition builds into something with much more energy, spirit and life. The high-pitched vocals of Javed and the deep tones of Masooma, strikingly fuse with an unstoppable groove, a bouncing chorus and a flickering drumbeat. #CokeStudio9

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Last up was “Jhalliya”, sung by Javed Bashir and Masooma Anwar. It talks about how the road of love is not an easy one. Both Javed Bashir and Masooma Anwar sang wonderfully; encompassing us with their vocal ranges and their emotional rendition of the song. There is a sad yet optimistic quality to the song with Bahadur Shah’s poetry serving as backdrop. Music director Faakhir really did a superb job on this song and we too were completely immersed in the experience. Great song!

With this, the Coke Studio episode 5 draws to a close. We look forward to what comes our way next week.

Contributed by : Sara Tariq