Coke Studio

While in Pakistan I rediscovered parts of my iPod that I seem to have forgotten, this being one of them! Coke Studio is a Pakistani based music TV show which aims to showcase the best musical talent Pakistan has to offer by blending a variety of sounds from all over Pakistan, from its Sufi folk influences to its more modern western influences, the fusion has been a huge success. Have a look after the cut for some of my favourite Coke Studio moments…

 

Im going to start with probably this biggest success of the series, Arif Lohar is a popular folk singer and his mix of old and new of a punjabi classic was a risk but one that paid off hugely and has racked up 8 million views. I personally love the blend of Arif’s voice with Meesha’s and this definitely has your head bouncing no matter where you are!

 

 

Next is a video from multi talented actor/singer/songwriter/model/painter Ali Zafar! This guy has some serious talent and featured heavily in Season 2 of Coke Studio. Dastaan-e-ishq is one he wrote himself and one which will get a play from me for a long time to come.

 

 

Next is a band that I have always admired, Jal were a force to be reckoned with but when they split (well Atif Aslam left) everyone thought it would be over for them however they had some moderate success, their final act together as a band was on Season 4 of Coke Studio when they performed one of their own songs Ik Aarzu along with ending with a tribute to the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

One of the best compliments that Coke Studio Pakistan has received, is the format has been so successful that Indian TV bosses have now produced an Indian version of the show. This is a huge success as it is normally Pakistani media trying to emulate the success of its neighbours. I personally can’t wait for Season 5 of the show. If you want to listen to more of Coke Studio the Youtube Page has all the videos and translations can even be found on some of the more newer videos đŸ˜€ I’m going to leave you with a song by one of the greatest Pakistani folk singers still alive today, and one who is still very popular with the British Asian community, Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi…

 

 

Peace Out…

 

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