Naina Moray featuring Javed Bashir, Akbar Ali & Aamir Zaki (late)
A dark storm of emotions, this thumri is fueled by the thunderous arrangement of Jaffer Zaidi. Honing in on the pain and anguish that comes with the void of heartbreak, the incredibly powerful and skillful duo of Javed Bashir & Akbar Ali cascade through the contours and complexities of Raag Bhairvi. The hues of the raag are further evoked through a confluence of the ethereal drone of the sarangi and a prolific guitar solo by Aamir Zaki, exuding a sense of melancholy. Playing with the fluidity of the raag, the track is a masterful excursion that resonates with the profundity of sorrow.
- Transcendental music. I am speechless by the sheer skill that’s been showcased in this song. You don’t even realise when the song has taken control over you. Such a mesmerising blend of a classical heavy Sindhu-Bhairavi* raag with contemporary instruments. Akbar Ali is truly THE best performer so far in this season. Loved every bit. (Dhvani Parekh)
- On this occasion of Eid, I bow down to Coke Studio for making another immortal rendition in Raga Bhairavi. The contours, the chalan, the taan, everything is just as beautiful as it is in any immortal thumri. The style shifts from Bashir sahab to Ali sahab are magnificent. This shift is the switch from thumri to qawwali and back again. This is not only rare, but practically unseen. Couldn’t have asked for a better gift for Bhairavi from you people. This, shall live, if not in everyone’s hearts, in my heart for ever. (Aanchit Nayak)
- Mere khayal main pakistan ko pichli EID par icc champions trophy ki sorat main gift mil gaya tha or is eid par coke studio ki taraf se ye song gift mil gaya, Love u from indian punjab! (Srishti singh)
Dekh Tera Kya – Latthay Di Chaadar featuring Quratulain Balouch & Farhan Saeed
Colors seem more vivid in this song as a traditional South Asian wedding song blends with an 80s pop track in Shani Arshad’s latest concoction. An upbeat track nuanced with the rhythm of dandiyaan and a gliding flute, the song is further embellished by the fact that it is a duet. Farhan Saeed’s warm, tuneful take on ‘Dekh Tera’ paired with Quratulain Balouch’s textured, radiant voice belting out Latthay Di Chaadar makes for the perfect mixture. With a strong backing vocals section, the song finds itself exploring the musical spectrum of our vibrant traditional past.
Julie featuring Ali Zafar & Danyal Zafar
A playful, modern tune, Julie is a bright take on heartbreak. Ali Zafar pulls out all the stops for this unrestrained ditty that has a pop-blues twist. He stars as a petulant lover agonizing over the tragedy of love lost. Shani Arshad masterfully showcases the complexity of the sentiment with his instrumentation; he brings forth the flares of a mournful shehnai to cut through an otherwise lively arrangement and the power of Danyal Zafar’s guitar solo bring out the fiery nature of the song. Written, composed and performed by Ali Zafar, the musician proves that he can’t help but push the envelope.
Jindjaani featuring Ali Hamza & Nirmal Roy
A bittersweet contemporary folk number, Jindjaani ventures into the rough yet rewarding terrain of love. Ali Hamza’s signature vocals take the mic alongside Nirmal Roy’s infectiously sweet energy to create a magical duet. Starting off on a note of heartbreak and dismay, a solid, traditional dholak and mandolin steer the song towards some sonic closure as it blends into the classic folk song, Jhanjar Phabdina. Bringing the sounds of the soil to the forefront, Ali Hamza’s reflects deeply on his musical roots to create a soundscape that is fresh and familiar at the same time.