Pakistan

Coke Studio Season 10 Episode 03

Laal Meri Pat featuring Quratulain Balouch, Akbar Ali & Arieb Azhar

Entrancing, enthralling and ethereal, Strings’ rendition takes Laal Meri Pat past the threshold of a zealous dhamaal and places it into an ambient and spiritually opulent sonic environment. Arieb Azhar’s baritone spoken word juxtaposed with Akbar Ali’s haunting alaaps steer the song into a beautiful auditory vista as Quratulain Balouch’s unrestrained and captivating persona in the song adds to the trance of the reverie with each emphatic zephyr of dama-dam. A multi-faceted and nuanced blend of devotional poetry, fervent chants of ‘Jhulelal’ perched upon a dreamy, psychedelic soundscape of the sitar and a traditional groove, the rendition is rich with emotion and mysticism.

Ronay Na Diya featuring Sajjad Ali & Zaw Ali

Musical mastermind, Sajjad Ali makes a stunning debut on Coke Studio as a music director with his poignant rendition of Ronay Na Diya. The reproachful lament relays the overwhelming emotions of remorse and despair with musical inlays of a sorrowful clarinet and wistful vocals. Sajjad Ali’s classic, celebrated vocals find an interesting match as Zaw Ali brings a wild concoction of vibrant r&b vocal runs alongside her delicate but powerful classical chops. A gorgeous manifestation of grief, the song pays homage to the exquisite, Malika-e-Ghazal, Begum Akthar.

Baazi featuring Sahir Ali Bagga & Aima Baig

A playful, traditional folk song, Baazi is a fire-cracker set aflame by the riveting vocals of Sahir Ali Bagga and Aima Baig. Kicking off with a mandolin channeling an aik-tara sets the scene for a rustic rendition of the age old-tale of an admirer trying to win over the love of his darling. A Siraiki classic, complete with a grooving bass and a truly ethnic percussive section, Sahir Ali Bagga’s music direction brings the song into a delightfully high-spirited terrain that is attempt to embody the true sounds of the soil.

Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat featuring Humera Channa & Nabeel Shaukat

Bringing an avant-garde aesthetic to the Coke Studio landscape, Mekaal Hasan’s debut as a music director finds him taking a classic ghazal and framing it with progressive and experimental tropes. Unleashing his signature sound, courtesy of a lush guitar tone and Ahsan Pappu’s emotive flute-playing, Hasan creates a carefully constructed soundscape fitting for the themes of rapture and cruelty that Faiz touches upon in his poetry. The silvery vocals of Humera Channa paired with the honeyed tone of Nabeel Shaukat’s voice make for a fantastic combination to take on this humble tribute to Malika-e-Tarranum, Noor Jehan.

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