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Coke Studio Season 9 Episode 7


The ninth season of Pakistani music television series Coke Studio commenced airing in Pakistan on August 13, 2016, and concluded on September 24, 2016, and contained 7 episodes. Episode 7 featured six tracks, including “Sab Jag Soye” [Shuja Haider/Quratulain Balouch], “Tu Kuja Man Kuja” [Shiraz Uppal/Rafaqat Ali Khan], “Nimma” [Shani Arshad], “O Re” [Noori], “Dil Kamla” [Faakhir/Natasha Khan], and “Rang” [Amjad Sabri/Rahat Fateh Ali Khan].

While the season’s final and seventh episode was apparently the most awaited episode in Coke Studio history, probably because of singer Amjad Sabri’s final performance prior to his demise in June, a little over a month before series premiered. Amjad performed a qawwali, “Rang”, with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the same song that was sung by Sabri’s father, Ghulam Farid Sabri, and Rahat’s uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, some 42 years ago! No doubt, a brilliant track but, for me, the standout is the accordion-opening “O Re”, composed and performed by Noori, which effortlessly crosses from a bossa nova beat to direct pop track, and brims with nostalgia but, more importantly, is a tune that is uptempo, pleasant, refreshing, and addictive, featuring remarkable guitar playing by Ali Noor. A fine ending to another excellent season, as fans now eagerly look forward to what Season 10 brings…

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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!

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.