Coke Studio Season 9 | Episode 1



Coke Studio does not require a introduction any more. It has turned into a firmly established brand and, the music, is mostly exceptional as the ninth season of the Pakistani music television series premiered on August 13, 2016 airing a weekly episode every Friday. While Strings and Coca-Cola returned as executive producers, for the first time in the series history, the season was composed by external music directors, thanks to the initiative of Strings members Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia, of which those featured in episode one here are: Noori, Shiraz Uppal, Ali Khan with Jaffar Zaidi, and Shuja Haider; all under the supervision of Strings.

While the songs are undoubtedly engaging – “Sasu Mangay” [Naseebo Lal and Umair Jaswal], “Janay Na Tu” [Ali Khan], and “Aaqa” [Abida Parveen and Ali Sethi] – and, while the sound remains essentially ethnic pop, often drifting into multiple melodious dimensions as is the wont of Coke Studio, the stand out of the four songs on Episode 1 is definitely “Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan”, marvellously sung to near perfection by Zebunnisa “Zeb” Bangash, an ethnic Pashtun, who has been singing since age eight and has been training as a vocalist since 1998 with acclaimed Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan. As part of a duo too, Zebunnisa has also claimed that they are looking forward to making a career in India. Thank goodness that Coke Studio continues to arrive with Strings attached!

Listen and Download the song here:

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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