Coke Studio Season 9 Episode 4


Broadcast on September 3rd, episode four has received well deserved critical acclaim like most Coke Studio seasons have but, of the four songs on this episode, the more traditional qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music popular in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan, via the performance of Mohsin Abbas Haider with “Uddi Ja” that he wrote, and composed himself, with music director Jaffer Zaidi at the helm of things, is a notable song. So, too, is Shilpa Rao’s performance on the folk-track “Paar Chanaa De”, supported by music director Noori. It is literally a theatrical saga because the song contains emotion, anxiousness, longing, and hope. The track establishes the ethnic soul vibes that transcend in waves laden with a distinct melody and in multiple instrumentation supported by Noor Zehra’s impeccable groove on the sagar veena. An exhilarating performance indeed with the track commanding listener attention, much like “Aaya Laariye” too, an epic collaboration in an upbeat track that showcases the dynamic vocal prowess of Meesha Shafi and Naeem Abbas Rufi. A perfectly mixed fusion of funk – think INXS – and rock that begins as a seemingly subdued ballad but swiftly dissolves into a catchy tune, makes it a fabulous song like most tracks on episode four of season nine.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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