COKE STUDIO-2 Concert....5 stars to all the musicians!!
Coke Studio embodies a musical fusion of exciting elements and diverse influences, ranging from traditional eastern, modern western and regionally inspired music. Bringing alive the magic of live recordings and performances, Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instils a sense of Pakistani pride. Coke Studio is an inspired step by Coca-Cola for having created a platform where renowned as well as upcoming and less mainstream musicians from various genres can collaborate musically.
This year, after the unprecedented critical acclaim and huge popularity of Season 1, Coke Studio reignites our passion and returns to the heart of the live recording studio with a new artist line up, a different sound, an innovative house band and a brand new set of performances and episodes. This season, Rohail Hyatt’s musical genius draws together the fundamentals of collaborative music that will showcase Pakistan’s rich music culture by stitching into its fabric, traditional artists, folk music influences and regional instruments in collaboration with Pakistan’s contemporary mainstream artists.
At Coke Studio’s Season 2, expect electrifying performances, surprise collaborations between artists and be part of their interpretation of Pakistani music on a reinvented signature Coke Studio set. Season 2 demonstrates how creative boundaries can be defined, redefined and bridged through musical improvisation reflecting the vibrancy and artistic harmony of Pakistan’s artists. Listen to the plaintive sounds emanating from the mountains and valleys of the Frontier and Baluchistan, reverberating through the rivers of the Punjab and breaking out triumphantly into the sands of Sindh and out across the open seas.
This season was divided into 5 Episodes...1. Individuality 2. Harmony 3. Equality 4. Spirit 5. Unity
Featured Artists of Season 2:
Ali Zafar, Arieb Azhar, Atif Aslam, Javed Bashir, JoSH, Noori, Riaz Ali Khan, Saieen Zahoor, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Strings, Zeb & Haniya
As one of the leading names in Pakistan’s music industry, Noori is often credited for revitalising rock music for Pakistan’s youth with the release of their first album Suno Ke Mein Hoon Jawan in 2003.
Internationally, Noori also teamed up with Indian pop singer Anaida for the single Naya Jahaan in 2003 following which they released their much anticipated record Peel Patti aur Raja Jani ki Gol Dunya in Pakistan in 2005. After a creative hiatus of almost 2 years, the rock sensations released their latest single Do Dil and are currently planning another cross border collaboration, this time with acclaimed Indian act Euphoria.
Brothers Ali Noor and Ali Hamza are best known for staging riveting live performances with unmatched amounts of raw energy and they will be seen rocking Coke Studio’s platform for its brand new season this year.
"Saari Raat"....Amazing Number!!
Jo Mere...beautiful composition with blend of sitar and superb singing!!
Javed Bashir is one of Pakistan’s most recognized and acclaimed classical singers, hailing from a family of renowned qawaals. Having studied extensively under the great Ustaad Mubarik Ali Khan, Javed’s command of the classical singing tradition can be heard and seen in his work with the internationally reputed Mekaal Hasan Band, with whom Javed has been since 2002.
Javed has also ventured into the realms of pop, dance, bhangra and cross-cultural folk by collaborating with celebrated artists including Bally Sagoo and Sondre Bratland, a Norwegian folk artist, with whom he released an album titled Dialogue in 2006.
Javed’s powerful, soulful and engaging voice can be heard in 2009’s rendition of Coke Studio.
Aaj lattha naeoo...one of the best performance of the season 2. This song was originally sung by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab
"Rona Chhod Diya" with Zeb n Haniya.....Very nice fusion!!
"Chal Diye" very nice rendition on Raga Aiman. Classical vocal mixed by Javed sahab and sung by zeb and Haniya.
Saieen Zahoor is one of Pakistan’s most enigmatic musicians whose mystical music is steeped in Sufi spirituality and devotion. Revered equally for his haunting voice and for his renditions of Kalaams by saintly poets Baba Bulle Shah and Mian Muahmmad Buksh, Saieen Zahoor has been a definitive part of Pakistani music for over five decades.
Saieen was born and raised in a rural family and started singing at the age of five. In fact, his first Sufi Kalaam lessons were under the guidance of Ustad Sain Raunka of Patiala. It was in 2006 that Saieen Zahoor released his first record Awazay and was also awarded the coveted Voice of the Year honour by the prestigious BBC World Music Awards. In 2007 he released a contemporary version of his Sufi song Allah Hoo as part of the film Khuda Ke Liye’s soundtrack to much acclaim.
This year witnesses the Saieen grace the Coke Studio stage with his evocative vocals and Ektara in all his mystical glory.
Best Soulful Song of this season...One can connect to GOD without any interruption.
"Ek Alif" Saen Zahooor with Noori...Great fusion with folk!!
Strings is one of Pakistan’s all time most popular pop bands comprising Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia. Formed almost two decades ago, the band has grown to be coveted for its music, lyrics and energetic live act. Strings won Best Artist and Most Favourite Band at the MTV Asia Awards in 2005 and Best Live Act at the Lux Style Music Awards last year.
The band originally debuted in 1990 with the release of their self-titled album which was followed by their second album, Strings-2 in 1992. After a band reshuffle and an eight year hiatus, Bilal and Faisal took the industry by storm with the release of critically acclaimed album Duur and 4 years later, Dhaani both of which enjoyed national and international popularity.
Titliyan....One could feel and see the pure dedication of strings on this song!!...very touching!! 5 stars!!
Shaqat Amanat Ali Khan:
Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan heralds the seventh generation of the renowned Patiala Gharana. Respected and appreciated for his ability to translate a classically trained voice over contemporary music, Shafqat was awarded the prestigious President’s Pride of Performance in 2007.
Shafqat has experimented with fusing the classical school with various music genres with bands such as Fuzon and also released his debut solo album, Tabeer in 2008 to much acclaim.
"Aankho ke sagar"
Zeb & Haniya:
Hailing from Kohat in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province is the country’s most anticipated female duo, Zebunnisa Bangash and Haniya Aslam. The ladies skyrocketed into the music scene with their first hit single Chup some years back and have since collaborated with top industry musicians for their debut album, released in 2008.
Zeb & Haniya’s music seamlessly mixes folk inspired music with blues grooves and jazzy rhythms into complex melodies grounded in local tradition. This year they bring their smoky vocals and sultry guitar playing to Coke Studio’s Season two.
"Paimona" very creative composition!!! with Arabic and pashto touch!!
Atif Aslam is one of Pakistan’s leading superstars who shot to fame with the release of his mega hit single Aadat, followed by the successful release of his debut album Jalpari. In 2008, he was awarded Pakistan’s highest civilian honour, the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
Atif released his second album Doorie in 2006 which was awarded the album of the year at 2007 LUX style awards, and released his third record Meri Kahani last year. He has collaborated internationally, specifically with Bollywood, a result of which is that he is now an icon and a household name with the Pak-Indo national, international and expatriate community across the globe.
Ali Zafar is undoubtedly one of Pakistan’s most influential musicians. In addition to his work as a singer, this multifaceted personality is a youth icon, a songwriter, a composer, an artist and an actor and was seen and heard singing movingly at Coke Studio’s debut season last year.
"Yaar Daadi" originally sung by jumman Khan a sindhi-punjabi folk!!
Best known for his resonant voice and Sufi inspired melodies, Arieb Azhar is fast becoming a star in Pakistan, having spent over a decade in Croatia where he produced two albums of purely Irish music.
It was Arieb’s desire to reconnect with his roots and heritage that led him back to the country and in 2006, he launched himself with the release of single Husn-e-Haqiqi (Beauty of truth) from his debut album Wajj. This record is heavily inspired by the poetry of Sarmad Sehbai, Khawaja Ghulam Farid and Bulleh Shah and Arieb’s genre has come to be recognized as spiritual lounge music.
He is a executive producer of this event. A Pakistani legend in his own right, Rohail Hyatt is an award winning artist and producer par excellence whose art is in a state of constant dynamism, from his formative years on the 1980’s pop scene, to his leadership of the pioneering band Vital Signs, to his collaborations with icons ranging from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Ustaad Saami to film-maker Shoaib Mansoor.
This visionary produced the definitive, critically acclaimed and now iconic music project ‘Coke Studio’ in 2008 which captured the essence and nature of the collaborative relationship between eastern and western music in Pakistan.
This year Rohail brings back Coke Studio for a second season with a passion, ambition and drive to promote pride in music and to celebrate what it is to be Pakistani.