Laila O Laila – Rostam Mirlashari, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 4

December 22, 2013
Laila O Laila - Rostam Mirlashari

Rostam Mirlashari – Laila O Laila [ Download Audio ]

Artist:

Rostam Mirlashari

Song:

Laila O Laila – Laila, O beautiful Laila — لیلیٰ ءُ لیلیٰ

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Upon the journey of tracing one’s roots, Coke Studio had the pleasure of connecting with music from across the border – in bridging the great tradition of Balochi music with its family across the border in Iran. In walks Rostam Mirlashari, a Balochi from Iran with his rendition of the folk song ‘Laila O Laila’ – a song found in our part of Balochistan as well, demonstrating that while borders may have been put in place, cultures, traditions and heritages remain intact. The song itself is a simple, happy, love song in the pursuit of meeting with the object of one’s Love, in this case, Laila. The instrumentation is reminiscent of folklore and simpler times where music was used in the form of oral tradition, which is complemented by instruments such as the Accordion as well as the Balochi Dumboora. In connecting the elements of the music, one cannot help but notice just how instruments such as Norway’s Hardanger Fiddle find their place within the flow of the song indicating that the sounds that we hear across the globe are harmonious in the subtlest of ways. ‘Laila O Laila’ is a song that finds its home where there are those to connect with it. Past all borders, it begs for us to look deeper when understanding the idea of what is ours. read more

Raat Gaey – Zoe Viccaji, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 3

Raat Gaey - Zoe Viccaji

Zoe Viccaji – Raat Gaey [ Download Audio ]

Artist:

Zoe Viccaji

Song:

Raat Gaey

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Song Info

Language:

Urdu

Set in today’s world, Zoe Viccaji addresses the everlasting existential nature of life through the voice of a woman in search of answers in the night. A song that is theatrical in tone and reminisces of a time where Noir met Jazz, Zoe had originally penned the lyrics down in English as the song was titled ‘Quarter to Three’. Upon her musical journey, Zoe feels this song was a tipping point for her, as it reflected a time where she herself was unsure of her path and found the night on the receiving end of her questions. Being of a universal theme, the song was later translated into Urdu to become ‘Raat Gaey’ and the song’s musical arrangement was further worked upon by Vladimir Nikolov from Macedonia, lending the essential deep Jazz elements that the song required, as performed by the musicians in Belgrade, Serbia. ‘Raat Gaey’ presents a pure jazz song sung in Urdu with an almost anachronistic feel as one imagines the song being sung onstage in what could be the 50’s or 60’s demonstrating that not only does a genre such as Jazz remain timeless but can also be boundless in its expression. read more

Yaar Vekho – Sanam Marvi, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 3

Yaar Vekho - Sanam Marvi

Sanam Marvi – Yaar Vekho [ Download Audio ]

Artist:

Sanam Marvi

Song:

Yaar Vekho

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Song Info

Language:

Punjabi

Sanam Marvi returns to Coke Studio this Season with the soulfully poignant ‘Yaar Vekho’. Based on the raag Bhopali, the song is a reflection of a moment in time that contains a message that remains as relevant and powerful today as it was in the years it was conceived. The song is an amalgamation of observations by the Sufi poets Sultan Bahu and Sachchal Sarmast – from different times yet with views and themes that have spanned almost 600 years worth of human thought. Thematically, the song focuses on the eternal idea of being within the world but not of it – to aspire for a higher understanding of the concept of Mercy within the various faces and trials of the world. The verses mention that while in the world of custom and ritual, in the search of true freedom and enlightenment, one must look inside and find Mercy. The song’s tone is solemn yet with a tinge of hope that is demonstrated through the instrumentation and arrangement of the String Orchestra and the melancholic beauty of the Piano. With the acoustic guitar feel, the song becomes a listening experience that is almost nostalgic. read more

Neer Bharan – Zara Madani, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 3

Neer Bharan - Zara Madani

Zara Madani – Neer Bharan [ Download Audio ]

Artist:

Zara Madani

Featuring:

Muazzam Ali Khan

Song:

Neer Bharan

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Song Info

Language:

Braj

Finding the union of eastern classical inspiration and deep, encompassing electronic vibes is Zara Madani’s ‘Neer Bharan’. The song is the product of an experiment that took the pattern of an electronic track and placed the layers of an age old classically based bandish within the fold to create a story that’s almost cinematic. With the elements of Teen Taal, the song finds its driving inspiration in the nighttime raag Baageshri stirring up a feeling of dark, delicate longing. The song in its carnal nature is a whirlwind of female sensuality and haunting temptation. The wordings derive from folklore of the subcontinent painting the moment of yearning set against the backdrop of the night’s enchantment. As the lyrics flow, the song’s progression is almost prowling in its search for the song’s object of obsession – the alluring peeve Nand Laal – a character thematically portrayed in the vocals of Muazzam Ali Khan towards the song’s resolution. A song that has an almost theatrical feel in its tale, the Eastern chant like rhythm is brought to life with the constant electronic groove by the Serbian house band and the percussive elements of the Dhol while the String Orchestra encircles the storm layering the depths of human angst in the face of Separation. read more

Channa – Atif Aslam, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 3

December 8, 2013
Channa - Atif Aslam

Atif Aslam – Channa [ Download Audio ]

Artist:

Atif Aslam

Song:

Channa

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Song Info

Language:

Punjabi

Atif Aslam returns to Coke Studio this Season with ‘Channa’ a song that is a declaration of Love thrown into a canvas of mixed instrumentation encapsulating the true state of Contentment. The song was conceptualized by Atif; its melodic inspiration stemmed from a rhythm that finds its base in the beat of the Dhol. This rhythm was transferred into the instrumentation of the song giving the overall pulsing groove adorned with the subtle picks at the African Harp – the Kora which coupled with the Brass Section makes for an almost funky disco feel from the 70’s. A song that Atif feels quite connected with musically, ‘Channa’ which means ‘Darling’, is a song that sees a progression of deep, almost heart tugging waves stringed by the Orchestra in Serbia that finds its calm in the ever present pulse that takes the song to its climactic transition into the world of disco funk – highlighting the sense of satisfaction felt in the state of true love. read more

Boom Boom – NESCAFÉ Basement II (Episode #2)

Boom Boom - NESCAFÉ Basement

NESCAFÉ Basement astounds us with another round of enthusiasm, inspiration and talent. The fresh, vibrant artists of season II have been meticulously chosen and are the future crème de la crème of the music industry. Once again, the artists create a splendid orchestration which will leave you wanting more. NESCAFÉ Basement is a start, for these young artists. You can experience their journey here as they make their way through the crowds.

Mr Fraudiye – NESCAFÉ Basement II (Episode #2)

Mr Fraudiye - NESCAFÉ Basement

NESCAFÉ Basement astounds us with another round of enthusiasm, inspiration and talent. The fresh, vibrant artists of season II have been meticulously chosen and are the future crème de la crème of the music industry. Once again, the artists create a splendid orchestration which will leave you wanting more. NESCAFÉ Basement is a start, for these young artists. You can experience their journey here as they make their way through the crowds.

Tori Chab – Kalenin Burcu Muyam – Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 2

Rustam Fateh Ali Khan and Sumru Ağıryürüyen – Tori Chab – Kalenin Burcu Muyam [ Download Audio ]

Artists:

Rustam Fateh Ali Khan and Sumru Ağıryürüyen

Song:

Tori Chhab – Your Beauty – توری چھب

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Song Info

As we delve further into the layers of the world’s many cultures to experience its hidden connect points, this Season, Coke Studio sees the union of what would appear to be sounds from different parts of the globe – but with the ever inherent Universality found in the theme of Love. The song itself begins with an expression of the rare South Indian raag known as Abhogi Kangra – a raag rooted in a 5000 year old history and is unique due to its structure. Due to its scale being so different, very little work has been done with the ancient raag, something that Rustam Fateh Ali Khan now feels is something worth presenting to exhibit a feel that is one of a kind and thereby create a sound that, with the accompaniment of contemporary sounds, cements the raag’s influence in modern day music. As the song progresses, we travel to Turkey to connect with a rendition by Sumru Ağıryürüyen of the traditional Anatolian classic that is ‘Kalenin Burcu Muyam’. Lyrically, the verses of both pieces talk of Love demonstrating the similarities in culture not just in theme but also in words. ‘Tori Chab – Kalenin Burcu Muyam’ is an experience of a multitude of influences as demonstrated through the instrumentation of the Serbian House Band and String Orchestra coupled with the enchanting African harp – the Kora and the Oud in Morocco alongside what some consider as the ancestor of the piano – the Kanun in Turkey. read more

Ishq di Booti – Abrar-ul-Haq, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 2

November 21, 2013
Ishq di Booti - Abrar-ul-Haq

Abrar-ul-Haq – Ishq di Booti [ Download Audio ]

Artist:

Abrar-ul-Haq

Song:

Ishq Di Booṭi – Flower of Love – عشق دی بوٹی

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Song Info

This Season Abrar-ul-Haq presents a composition rooted in folk rhythm which when brought onto the Western scale of music finds itself comfortably placed in shades of Jazz and Funk. The overall song demonstrates conflicting sentiments in that the wordings express a prayer in the name of self-actualization bordering between happy musical accents and the eternally present sad undertone. Lyrically the song as written by Abrar speaks of inner growth and the process accompanied on the journey within beginning with Intent. As the song progresses, he uses verses by Sufi poets to symbolize the link between this world and the next asking what it really is that we carry with us into the oblivion. Thematically, the verses speak of the gift of true self-actualization lying in the idea of self-negation. The song is one that is personal to Abrar as he feels it demonstrates his relationship with God, the world and his own existence. Musically, the song’s conflicting tones find a form of whimsical harmony between the instrumental elements by the Serbian House Band alongside the Dhol beat of the Dhol Group and the percussive accents of Morocco while the Serbian String Orchestra, in true subtlety, bring the underlying melancholy of the song to the foreground all the while staying true to the scale presenting a rich mix of fusion. read more

Laage Re Nain – Ayesha Omar, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 2

Ayesha Omar – Laage Re Nain [ Download Audio ]

Artist

Ayesha Omar

Song

Laage Re Nainaan Tum Se – My eyes met yours – لاگے رے نینںا تم سے

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Song Info

Ayesha Omar connects with the basics this Season with ‘Laage Re Nain’. Based on the early evening raag Bhopali, the song’s composition has manifested in the form of an easy listening experience with a chilled out vibe and a catchy tune – making it a song that’s quick to bob your head to. A raag that she had learnt at the age of 9, Ayesha feels that this experience now transports her to her childhood, as this was one of the earliest raags she had learnt. Composed in the ancient sub-continental language of Poorbi, the verses speak of classic love, mirroring the restlessness that comes with being in love across distance. While the yearning does tug at the heart, the experience in this song is not one of sadness, it is a celebration of being in love and fully experiencing all the feelings associated with the state in true bliss. While the lyrics are reminiscent of folklore, the verses thematically express the perpetual state of search we find ourselves in while all along the way; the true voice of Love is within. While the overall composition stems from Eastern Classical origins, the feel of the song finds itself well placed with the mountain music of Nepal – a connect that begs to dive in further to discover the harmony with the Zen of Buddhist musical influences. The groovy sunshine feel of the song, performed by the band in Serbia, meets influences from Nepal such as the Flute coupled with the calming quality of bells. read more