By Abia Gill
Sounds of music gods and the anthem of rock culture Sounds of Kolachi is the masterpiece, a blended genre rock /sufi/alternative band has simply got us off the guard. Ahsan Bari the song writer /singer/ producer has come up with the collaboration of music and sound, he also says “Sounds of Kolachi (Sok) was made as a collaboration of sounds, rather than musicians “. The thought behind producing such epic has elevated the number of followers of this band.
The band is consisted of 10 members, Sitar player Waqas Hussain, Sarangi player Gul Muhammad, Saif Abbas Rizwan on Bass and Faraz Anwar playing guitars, with drums players as Abdul Aziz Kazi, Shamsul Arifeen and Ahad Nayani. On backing vocals the band is gifted with Quaid Ahmed, Ghazanfar Abbas and Nimra Rafiq. Ahsan has taken over the vocals and lead guitars; every member sustains their own power of instruments to create a cosmic cluttered music. Ahsan has a lot going on at the back of his mind and he leans more towards creating a diversified harmony when together sound as one.
The band has many drop outs and drop ins but the symphony remains legit. The combination of eastern sufi-ism with western music and the pattern he draws to lay them on those string beauty just gives you chills. Sounds of Kolachi is basically all about entitling in the modern era to go parallel with sufi slash rock mix. It is most likely to mention that Mekaal Hasan , Fahad Bukhari and Faraz Anwar have contributed immensely.
The live session of the band has an outer space vibe; SoK is also performing live internationally and has gone viral all around. The band is definitely the definition of progressive world fusion. Ahsan Bari is basically leading the clan, their debut album “Ilhaam “was about to be released in November 2016 however the same has been delayed to release very soon. The band is reserved to plan its concerts internationally as starting from Washington D.C and the tour will be of 28 days in USA.
The band is a major case study and if we analyze the core of it, we can only be amused to its ideas and creativity. Bari, is a genuine artist that has gained a massive fan following, as he makes the table for his upcoming tour and is excited to bring the original Pakistani music. He speaks about his plans for the upcoming concert and is open to experiment some fine and cosmic music to represent the enriched culture.
SoK appeared on the sphere in 2014 and has been performing live sessions and in a very short span of time the musicians reached the top notch orchestra band known in Pakistan, the new culture of diversity that SoK is introducing is huge and a revolution to our music industry.
We sincerely congratulate Ahsan Bari for this inventive step and is definitely contributing in Pakistan’s music, Ahsan is making its legacy for the generations to see and admire.
Story first published: 1st March 2017