LAHORE – Following the announcement of Coke Studio second episode, Coke Studio Season 7 Episode Three will air on 05th October across all leading broadcast networks nationwide featuring “Nadiya” by Jimmy Khan & Rahma Ali featuring Hamza Jafri, Mubashir Admani & Arsalan Rabbani, “Sunn ve Balori Akkh Waaliya” by Meesha Shafi Ustad Tafu and Omran Shafique, “Dost” by Abida Parveen featuring Shallum Xavier & Sajid Ali and “Jhoolay Lal” by Sajjad Ali & Fariha Pervez featuring Adeel Ali, Tanveer Hussai, Sajid Ali and Arsalan Rabbani.
Jimmy Khan makes his Coke Studio debut in this episode with “Nadiya”. The Coke Studio composition rooted in the filmy era is consistent in a certain texture that is crafted by the use of certain instruments that were prevalent in that era. The arrangement manifests the song into an unforgettable sweet number. Inspired by the folk-blues style of the ‘50s and ‘60s, the song expounds upon a lover whose loss has left behind a vacuum. Alongside Jimmy are the saccharine dewed vocals of Rahma Ali; performing the classic track ‘Gaari ko Chalana Babu’ from the 1956 film Anokhi. Rahma’s singing style complements Nadiya beautifully, blending it organically with the original. The Coke Studio composition reinvents the song by creating a bridge between both the songs that are over fifty years apart. By slowing down the tempo the composition allows the melodica performed by Arsalan to take centre-stage. Whilst the overall composition stems from western instrumentation, the feel of the song finds itself well placed within the 60’s Pakistani filmy music which is further accentuated by the innocent twang of Hamza Jafri’s ukulele solos.
Meesha Shafi is back on Coke Studio with Madame Noor Jahan’s classic “Sunn ve Balori Akkh Waaliya” originally composed by the tabla maestro Ustad Tafu. The Coke Studio composition transforms the song into a powerhouse number which keeps one engaged and enthralled throughout the performance. The composition is comfortably placed in the shades of blues and psychedelic rock styling. Meesha’s vocal prowess and the uplifting string sections paints the song in strokes of versatility bringing forth an adrenaline induced track. Lyrically the song focuses on a lover trying to pursue the love of her dreams. Ustad Tafu’s table solo produces absolute sur and ras (essence), with each crisp and clean bol (phrase) adding a complex and surprising element to the song. The track is further heightened with Omran’s solo that augments a seamless combination of melody, distortion and technique. The Coke Studio composition is an experience that cements Madame Noor Jahan’s evergreen track in modern day contemporary music.
Renowned Abida Parveen graces the Coke Studio platform once again in episode 3 with a track entitled “Dost”. Celebrated for her Sufi works, this Coke Studio composition brings forth Abida in an element that is both rare and unique. Unlike her repertoire, ‘Dost’ is structured as an Arifana ghazal but in essence is a kalaam written by Hazrat Baba Zaheen Shah Taji (RA). The kalaam dismisses the previously romanticized pain and suffering of the transient world. The lyrics explores the borderline pain and ecstasy of being fully consumed for the Divine Beloved, as all the friendships and enmities of the fleeting realm hold no purpose and are of no consequence. This minimalist and subtle composition allows the maestro to connect with the lyrical content leaving one overwhelmed and in awe. The percussions in comparison provide the shifting, cyclical rhythms that reinforce the composition, shadowed by Shallum’s acoustic musings that provide the tenderness to mirror Abida’s heart-wrenching rendition. The composition induces a highly emotional response in the individual that transcends language and cultural barriers.
Sajjad Ali and Fariha Pervez return to Coke Studio with “Jhoolay Lal”. The Coke Studio composition spans the entire breadth and length of our soil, infusing a modern folk flavor to the song. The arrangement offers a diverse palette of flavors, textures and sounds that come together to enrich Jhoolay Lal. Jhoolay Lal a prayer which is as old as the river Indus itself, is commonly appropriated across the subcontinent. Traditionally a dhamaal, the song is intended to surrender oneself to the rhythm of universality. The lyrics praises the virtues of the revered Sufi saint Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar (AS) of Sehwan, celebrating the spiritual link asvaseela from him to his quintessential pir, Hazrat Ali (AS). The Coke Studio version maximizes the harmony of Fariha & Sajjad’s voices; their voices are suffused with joy, strength and fragility in equal measure. The Coke Studio houseband adds a more modern sense of percussions to the original dholak and tabla beats whilst Tanveer Tafu’s rubab solos and Sajid’s flute provides an eloquent yearning counterpoint to the song.
Episode Three of Coke Studio’s Seventh chapter in its journey will be aired on all major television channels, radio stations and available online across Pakistan. The airing schedule for the second episode can be viewed here at CokeStudio’s official website.