When someone says Coke Studio my eyes light up. Studying a few things
about it a bit closely I learned that Coke Studio has had a good
advantage of the technique word-of-mouth. It has gained a lot of support
by marketing the right way but the real difficulty I face and most of
you would that why not maintaining the standard it had put in front of
What’s different this time in the season 5 of Coke Studio? I have
heard the songs of episode 2 and well I have mixed feelings. There I am
thinking I will be mesmerized by all the songs and how I have been let
down quite a bit.
Larho Mujhey – Bilal Khan
Bilal Khan has one of those ‘being burger’ traumas. I thought
studying in LUMS would give him an edge over having class and style but
he has failed to be. He has proved that by keeping the song title
‘slang’. I really don’t believe giving so much attention to him has
resulted in anything good. This song will be just ‘loved’ and ‘<3’ by
the girls. Seriously I do not find anything special. The vocals are
very mediocre, although I like the beat and overall feel of the song, I
still do not approve Bilal Khan’s existence in the music world. Most of
the time he looks bored as if he is being forced in the spotlight.
Ishq Aap Bhe Awalla – Chakwal Group and Meesha Shafi
Meesha Shafi with her utter brilliance of performing so good that you
don’t even notice her until you see her bright red dagger of a lipstick
(the only thing in plain sight) since her vocals weren’t even
noticeable. She tries very hard to be ‘into’ the song by making weird
bird-like hand gestures, expressions which look like she learned from an
old Mithun Chakarboty movie, no offense but looks like she just
performed for the attention. Otherwise, no one would have heard the
Chakwal Group if they performed alone.
The Chakwal Group is not even in tune. One is singing on one note while
another is singing completely different. Although it’s good that they
have kept their tradition alive, they have taken it along with them.
These groups are quite popular in Punjabi weddings, where they sing for
the future bride and groom, saying good things and prayers.
Khabaram Raseeda – Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad
Both the singers along with their backup singers have done a
remarkable job. I seriously respect this song. The song maybe of 16
minutes but it really made me want to listen to it again and again. The
overall feel of the singers, their voice is just marvelous. This song
really jogged up the soul and mind. An outstanding performance.
Pere Pavandi Saan – Mithu Tahir
The singer has really put an effort in making the song last in
people’s memories. You may have heard it before and now the song is a
better version with beats. It’s a good song!
Rabba Sacheya -Atif Aslam
The song is beautifully sung and performed. Atif has done a
remarkable job. The striking lyrics have made the song deep and full of
meaning. I’m not an Atif fan and I believe he is only being given
importance because he got attention in India, no one even noticed him
before when he used to perform here. He can be annoying at times but
this song has been one of the few milestones he has achieved in his
Let’s not forget there are 3 episodes left, hoping they leave a lasting impact.
Via Kinza Tahir