In the fourth studio session, Coke Studio took us through an
exploration of the beauty of the human spirit and brought forth the
positive energy of music as it lifted our spirits, touched our hearts
and strengthened our emotional and spiritual bonds.
Aslam continued to showcase his versatility; from Billie Jean in the
last episode to the classic Punjabi folk Kalam by Shah Hussain, Mai Ni
Main in this season, Atif wears all his musical avatars with pride. Mai
Ni Main is a resilient song which has been explored in the past by
maestros ranging from Hamid Ali Bela to Reshma and now, Atif Aslam.
duo Zeb and Haniya brought to the studio perhaps their most
recognisable song, ‘Chup’, after which their debut album is titled.
The studio session treatment of this song sees both Haniya and Zeb
share vocals to a retro musical feel with Omran Shafique working his
way around his fret board to produce what he is best known for, groove.
The ‘Spirit’ session highlighted another Baba Bulleh Shah poem, his
eponymous ‘Bulleya’, sung by eastern classical musician Riaz Ali Khan,
who hails from the Sham Chaurasia Gharana. As many may be aware,
Bulleya has been released in the past by the likes of rock band Junoon
and more recently, Rabbi Shergill. In his Coke Studio version of the
song, Khan Sahib pays tribute to Bulleh Shah by composing his own
melody in Raag Bhimpalasi, an evocative afternoon raag.
Noori brothers returned with guest musician and cousin Rakae Jamil on
the Sitar to reinvent rock ballad Sari Raat, originally from their
Peeli Patti album. Indeed this was a most unorthodox setting for the
sitar and was in general, a challenging song to play. Ali Noor took the
lead on power house vocals and Javed Iqbal stole the show with his
staccato rock riff/solo on his violin at the end of this rock number.
The collaborative song for ‘Spirit’ was a harmony between the
classically trained Shafqat Amanat Ali with the bhangra bandmasters
Josh in ‘Mahi Ve’. This song reflected a thumping musical celebration
with Shafqat adjusting to the fun Josh bhangra style with
sophistication through his alaaps and sargams. Mahi Ve also represented
an inspirational and motivational poetic prayer with the fusion of
three distinct voices throughout the song.
year, Coke Studio ended on the fourth episode which featured songs from
all artists involved. This year the studio includes a bonus episode,
extending the season to a full five sessions, bringing the musical
journey to its conclusion in Unity, on 14 August 2009