In the aftermath of the 4th season of Coke Studio, I thought about all the other perfornances we have watched over the last couple of years and decided to compile a short list of my absolute favourites, barring the ones I showcased in a previous post.
These are the ones that immediately sprang to mind.
Josh and Shafqat Amanat Ali (Mahi Ve)
I love the energy of the Montreal-based Josh duo Q and Rup, coupled with Shafqat’s classical input. The original is better, but the Coke Studio version is pretty good too, a lovely mix of bhangra, pop and hip-hop.
Atif Aslam (Mai Ni)
The boy with the golden voice, who gained recognition with the song ‘Aadat’ as the lead singer of Jal….they soon split up in a rather messy, ignominous way.
Mai Ni….the Coke Studio version is haunting, and beautifully sung by Atif.
Arif Lohar and Meesha Shafi (Alif Allah)
Never been a fan of Arif Lohar’s genre of music or his flashy dress sense, but I believe he’s immensely popular in Punjab. This song though, was simply awesome!
Meesha, of Overload fame, added some extra oomph and pizzazz as Lohar’s sidekick, and this Bahoo-inspired song became an instant HIT throughout the Pakistani music-loving world, much thanks to Coke Studio and Rohail’s vision.
Zeb and Haniya (Bibi Sanam Janem)
These two US-educated girls from Kohat, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa are cousins. Their music is melodious and really easy on the ears, with a folksy, bluesy sound. Stars, these two.
Bibi Sanam Janem is an Afghani song, very catchy tune and eminently sing-able.
Zeb and Haniya (Nazar Eyle)
A Turkish number this time. Literally translated, the song is quite absurd, but mesmerising if you have no clue what it means…
Beautifully sung by Zeb.
Meesha Shafi (Chori chori)
Model/singer, Meesha was catapulted to fame in this season of Coke Studio, first with her duet with Arif Lohar (see above) and then with this soulful, trance-like rendition of a song originally sung by the renowned Reshma…
What do you think? Got any favorites you think I should include in this list?