Mahi Gal – Asad Abbas and Fariha Pervez, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 4

Mahi Gal - Asad Abbas

Asad Abbas and Fariha Pervez – Mahi Gal [ Download Audio ]

Artist:

Asad Abbas

Featuring:

Fariha Pervez

Song:

Kade Aa Ve Mahi Gal – Come sometime, beloved – کدے آ و ے ماہی

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Song Info

Opening up a trove of Sufi Folk is Asad Abbas’ ‘Mahi Gal’. Based on the raag Miyan Ki Malhar, the song is an old folk melody that Asad grew up hearing in his home given that Eastern Classical music was something he had inherited in his lineage. He feels that while the melody has always been striking, it’s within the lyrics that the song finds its mettle. The song’s dreamscape composition finds a tale at play in what could be reminiscent of folklore storytelling. The song begins with an old, raw feel of a yearning to connect with the object of one’s Love. In this dream like state, the song trails into a change of tone and witnesses glimpses of the other side, as if Light at the end of the tunnel, culminating into a transition of raag by Fariha Pervez into a Tarana. And with this newfound reassurance, the song’s tone is returned to the original raag but uplifted, musically tipping into an upbeat bluesy feel with instrumental elements such as the Oud – demonstrating the passage of time over such an experience. A song with a theatrical trace, ‘Mahi Gal’ is one of intuition, reaching out to connect with the reality of a lucid dream and waking up to a new state of Truth.

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Ishq Kinara – Zoe Viccaji and Sumru Ağıryürüyen, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 4

Ishq Kinara - Zoe Viccaji

Zoe Viccaji and Sumru Ağıryürüyen – Ishq Kinara – Üsküdar’a Gider Iken [ Download Audio ]

Artist:

Zoe Viccaji

Featuring:

Sumru Ağıryürüyen

Song:

Ishq Kanaara – Love’s haven — عشق کنارہ

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Song Info

In connecting musical roots, Zoe Viccaji brings her version of a melody that has traveled across the globe in many forms to now be presented as ‘Ishq Kinara’. She had heard the song in its Turkish equivalent – ‘Üsküdar’a Gider İken’ – and upon delving into the origin of the song, was inspired by not only the melody but the universality of its tune in the way that it has been reinvented in many different cultures across the globe. Given the driving inspiration behind Zoe’s connection with the melody was in her Turkish experience of the song, the composition was bridged with the vocals of Sumru Ağıryürüyen bringing the traditional Turkish song to the fold lending a link to its root. Sumru states that while ‘Üsküdar’a Gider İken’ stems from the old, Anatolian neighborhood of Üsküdar in Istanbul, the Turkish version’s roots connect even further to several other countries – Bosnia, Scotland and beyond. This fact was further confirmed by members of L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio in Rome, Italy, who had heard versions of the same melody. The Turkish version of the song primarily dealt with the theme of the despair caused by Loss in the name of Love, however Zoe, in connecting with the song personally, lyrically made her version about the idea of independence and self-realization in the name of Loss. ‘Ishq Kinara’ talks of the last moment of vulnerability as a relationship is severed, and looks on to being complete within one’s Self after the Loss. With an upbeat mixed canvas of instrumentation from Italy, Turkey, Morocco and Pakistan, the song becomes Pakistan’s version of the mysterious melody.

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Aamay Bhashaili Rey – Alamgir and Fariha Pervez, Coke Studio Season 6 Episode 4

December 22, 2013
Aamay Bhashaili Rey - Alamgir

Alamgir and Fariha Pervez – Aamay Bhashaili Rey [ Download Audio ]

Artists:

Alamgir and Fariha Pervez

Song:

Aamay Bhashaili Rey – You have set me adrift – আমায় ভাসাইলি রে

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Song Info

Turning over the pages of a story that has come to pass in our history is Alamgir’s contribution to this season of Coke Studio with the soulful Bengali folk composition ‘Aamay Bhashaili Rey’. The roots of the song are old, and has always been a source of inspiration for Alamgir reminding him of his youthful beginnings as a 14 year old boy who had come to Karachi on his own to find his passion and what would become his new home. The song was also featured in Alamgir’s second album and he feels that the song’s enchanting quality has always connected with people irrespective of whether the language was understood. Thematically, the song is one of Struggle. It asks for the devotion and spirit to endure the toil and risks that eventually reaches the finish line of Success – something that resonated with Alamgir’s struggle to keep going in the early stages of his career. In the subtle melancholy of what is almost a lament; the song is met by Fariha Pervez’s rendition of ‘Saiyyan Bina Ghar Suna’, which speaks out on the other end on the need for companionship and the yearning for Completeness. The instrumentation of the song is used to complement and mirror the flow of emotions that transition between the vocals and carry the theme into its resolution. The overall piece is a glimpse of a bridge to the past, asking what it truly means to belong in the face of displacement and how our choices make a difference in the world today.

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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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Song Info

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.

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

Tori Chab and Kalenin Burcu Muyam

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.

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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.

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

Ayesha Omar - Laage Re Nain

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.

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Sandaraa Brings Together Lahore Vocalist Zeb Bangash and Brooklyn Musicians

November 3, 2013
The pretty faces of Sandaraa

Zebunnisa Bangash - Sandaraa

Zebunnisa Bangash, more commonly known as Zeb from the famous duo ‘Zeb and Haniya‘ is now leading a new band called ‘Sandaraa‘ that is going to be a cross continental collaboration between the Lahore based singer and some versatile musicians belonging to Brooklyn, a famous area in New York.

Zeb and Haniya who shot to fame with their appearance on Coke Studio couple of seasons back are once again on the sets for the season 6 and Coke Studio recently released their first single from this year’s season in the form of ‘Laili Jaan‘.