Are there too many cooks in Coke Studio’s broth?


Sasu Mangay If there’s anything this song does, it establishes the singing prowess of one Naseebo Lal

After a lifetime of singing lewd Lollywood songs that are recorded just as poorly, she shines throughout the song

A lesser-moving Umber Jaswal complements Naseebo well, but never manages to steal the show from her

Produced by Shiraz Uppal, this song isn’t your typical Coke Studio song and comparisons with Bollywood are justified

However, this fits the bill for a commercial number – something Coke Studio seems to require for its sustenance


Aaja Re Moray Saiyaan https://www


com/watch?v=bq29w9MJKTQ This one’s a quintessential Noori song: simple lyrics, upbeat music and light composition

Though many have claimed that both Noori and Zeb are way beyond singing childish ballads, we can always do with a happy-go-lucky number; not every song requires hefty Sufi poetry to qualify as serious music

Both Ali Hamza and Zeb render the demands of this song perfectly

The song instils in you a yearning for the simpler beauties of life

Go on a road trip through Pakistan and let this song be your companion! 3

Aaqa https://www


com/watch?v=LekqDjknArc This song sounds just as good in real as it did on paper

The maestro Abida Parween, with the latest sensation Ali Sethi, some deep verses, Shuja Haider as the director, and some heavy dhols along the way – you get another gem from Coke Studio

Though Abida Parveen might have been under-utilised in this song, and at times Ali Sethi seems to be in a state of pain whilst trying to keep up with the Sufi Queen’s vocal chords (something he himself admits in the BTS video); on the whole the song works just as well

Only time will tell if this one goes down in history in the same league as Jugni and Tajdaar-e-Haram


Jaanay Na Tu https://www


com/watch?v=rweRzXdid5M The first episode of Coke Studio takes refuge from folk and tradition in the form of Ali Khan’s Jaanay Na Tu

A typical Pakistani pop number, this one’s serene and simple

It never tries too hard, and that works in favour of the song

Ali Khan’s soothing vocals gel well with the romantic, sweet melody

However, this isn’t the stuff Coke Studio favourites are made of – it’s only meant to get on the playlists of music aficionados

The first episode of Coke Studio was, notwithstanding the multitude of hits and misses, overall a good start

Since the broth is being handled by too many cooks this time, let’s see how the experiment turns out

But one thing’s for sure, Coke Studio has never shied away from experimentation, giving us some masterpieces during the process

We hope the current season has also got some in store for us

Date:17-Aug-2016 Reference:View Original Link