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
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
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
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
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.