Coke Studio’s season 8 has so far released five episodes with each comprising of four songs. While some songs have received positive reviews, others have faced strict criticism. The songs listed below are just some of the many songs from season 8 that stand out and are worth appreciating.
Strings could not have given CokeStudio8 a better beginning. This tribute to the Sabri Brothers did not only leave its listeners spellbound, but also allowed Atif Aslam show that he can sing Qawwalis as good as any other genre. Like always, his fans’ expectations were met to the fullest. While many criticized the song by ridiculing it and saying that it cannot be compared to the original, my stance is that because of this tribute, many have now heard the original version by the Sabri brothers. Atif Aslam emphasizes on the fact that he has worked on this tribute not to show off his vocal skills but instead to let his fans explore and take interest in the languages incorporated.
Sammi Meri Waar
This beautiful duet featuring Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch & Umair Jaswal took the social media by storm. Umair Jaswal’s vocals of a rockstar, and QB’s exquisite singing, reinstated what Coke Studio is all about. This song with two very contrasting vocals was a true work of art. However, there is a catch to this song; as long as you are listening to the audio it is all safe, but the moment you switch to the video, the ‘seen can’t be unseen.’ Umair Jaswal’s unnecessary dance moves make to start hating it. Nevertheless, the effort put in by the entire team reflects in the quality of the final product.
Chiryaan Da Chamba
Another song that you just can’t miss this season is Chiryaan Da Chamba by Surriya Khanum with Anwar Maqsood. The sweet poetic feel of the song takes you to another world, where you get lost and absorb every word of it. Anwar Maqsood’s poetry adds to the masterpiece, and does not fail to play with your sentiments.
Man Aamadeh Am
This cover of Googoosh’s song Man Aamadeh Am adds a new element to Coke Studio. A duet by Gul Panra and Atif Aslam, you cannot resist but indulge in the song regardless of the language barrier. Gul Panra’s melodic take on this Persian song is bound to leave you awestruck; the perfection in the song clearly reflects the hard work put in to bring out the best result. I however feel that, Atif Aslam could have been left out of this, and instead made to do another solo, which I am sure the fans would have equally loved.
With this song, we finally see Sara Haider take the main stage in Coke Studio along with Ali Zafar. After Ali Zafar’s ‘not really up to the mark’ performance with Rockstar, this song stops you to remind about this talented singer’s true vocal abilities. While Ali Zafar did his part in doing justice to the song, Sara Haider was equally impressive. Her emphasis on each word and expression uplifts the feel of the song done with intervals of electric guitars, played by the maestro Omran Shafique.
The latest episode of CokeStudio8 features an overwhelming performance by our very own Ali Azmat. The man who has given us songs like Na Re Na and Junoon, once again succeeds in displaying his powerful vocal skills. With impressive vocal belting, Ali Azmat adds just the right amount of punch in his Coke Studio’s comeback. It is in songs like Rangeela where you see the entire house-band enjoy, which in turn is proof of how interesting and at the same time challenging the work could have been
The songs listed above are just some of the many songs released this season so far, and each song holds its own importance and value. In no manner is any song above or below another, and the credit definitely goes to the entire team working towards making the Pakistani Music industry even better. Kudos to Strings and the house-band for giving us something that we can always be proud of and gain inspiration from.