Pakistan’s cherished music platform "Coke Studio”
is back with a new season that will start from May 13 and will air
right through the summer with a new episode every fortnight, states a
Like its previous season, "Coke Studio 5” aims to focus on
traditional eastern, modern western and regional music. This year
featured artists will explore their heritage and play the cultural chord
of their signature styles.
Moreover this season "Coke Studio” will be exploring and highlighting
regional language songs and artists and will be introducing some
gifted, yet virtually unknown young singers.
The upcoming season will also showcase the creative and intellectual
rediscovery of artists who return to "Coke Studio” for a second time
while the young artists will discover their traditional streak by
incorporating parts of Sufi poetry and philosophy in their music.
Music maestro Rohail Hyatt is back at the helm as executive producer
and he has chosen: Atif Aslam, Bilal Khan, Bohemia, Chakwalis, Fareed
Ayaz and Abu Muhammad, Hadiqa Kiyani, Humayun Khan, Meesha Shafi, Tahir
Mithu, Overload, Qayaas, SYMT and Uzair Jaswal to feature on the show.
Hyatt has said, "Entering into our fifth season, we at ‘Coke Studio’
believe our journey continues to explore the wealth of talent and
cultural diversity that we as a nation are blessed with.”
Season 5 also marks the return of the house-band with Asad Ahmed on
guitar, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Javed Iqbal on violin, Kamran
‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Omran ‘Momo’ Shafique on guitar, Sikander Mufti
on multi-percussions and Rachel and Zoe Viccaji on backing vocals.
Joining the house band this season are two new talents: Farhad Humayun
on drums and Mubashir Admani on keyboards.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2012.