Coke Studio - Music from Pakistan

Posted June 18, 2009 from Pakistan

Coke Studio embodies a musical fusion of exciting elements and diverse influences, ranging from traditional eastern, modern western and regionally inspired music. Bringing alive the magic of live recordings and performances, Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instils a sense of Pakistani pride. Coke Studio is an inspired step by Coca-Cola for having created a platform where renowned as well as upcoming and less mainstream musicians from various genres can collaborate musically.

This year, after the unprecedented critical acclaim and huge popularity of Season 1, Coke Studio reignites our passion and returns to the heart of the live recording studio with a new artist line up, a different sound, an innovative house band and a brand new set of performances and episodes. This season, Rohail Hyatt’s musical genius draws together the fundamentals of collaborative music that will showcase Pakistan’s rich music culture by stitching into its fabric, traditional artists, folk music influences and regional instruments in collaboration with Pakistan’s contemporary mainstream artists.

With Season 1, Pakistan witnessed fusion in its natural essence and form combining not only classical eastern and contemporary western style vocals but instruments and musicians. Live collaborations were staged all summer aired every fortnight, on every television screen, simultaneously, across Pakistan.

At Coke Studio’s Season 2, expect electrifying performances, surprise collaborations between artists and be part of their interpretation of Pakistani music on a reinvented signature Coke Studio set. Season 2 demonstrates how creative boundaries can be defined, redefined and bridged through musical improvisation reflecting the vibrancy and artistic harmony of Pakistan’s artists. Listen to the plaintive sounds emanating from the mountains and valleys of the Frontier and Baluchistan, reverberating through the rivers of the Punjab and breaking out triumphantly into the sands of Sindh and out across the open seas.

Join us and experience Coke Studio’s magical musical journey this 2009.

Listen to the music from Episode one here -

Season One can also be accessed (legally ofcourse! :))

One of my favourite parts in the song Aik Alif is -

"Jo na jaaney haqq ki taaqat, Rabb na deway usko himmat. Hum mann ke dariya main doobey, kaisi naiya kya manjhdaar. Allah Saiyaan." - Aik Alif

(will try to translate that accurate soon..battery running out)

But Im hooked to Paimona, which is apparently a combination of the Persian and Pushto language. Correct me if Im wrong please.


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  • JaniceW
    Jun 18, 2009
    Jun 18, 2009

    This is great and I am so thrilled to have been exposed to new music. It's so different from what I listen to yet wonderfully ethereal and powerful. Would you mind posting this in the Global Music Forum group and the Pakistan Cafe so that we can reach as many members as possible. I know that many will enjoy this as much as I did. Just loved Paimona!

    Global Music Forum:

    Pakistan Cafe:

  • Tanya
    Jun 18, 2009
    Jun 18, 2009

    Hey Janice,

    Already posted it to the Pakistan Cafe and will do so now at the Global Music Forum. Thankyou for appreciating. The music scene in Pakistan has always been one of our strongest cutural and artistic assets, the quality of which was sort of starting to deteriorate in the past 2-3 yrs because the musicians had begun to opt for commerical benefits over quality but thankfully things are returning to 'normal' lol! Will post more from time to time. However, would highly recommend everyone looking up Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Junoon ( a rock band), Laal ( a politically conscious group which has burst onto the scene recently with much critical acclaim), for now.

  • LauraB
    Jun 18, 2009
    Jun 18, 2009

    I'm listening to it right now....Khamaaj- melodies slow and harmonious as I write to Pulsewire friends about the globe...perfect afternoon. So glad to know about Coke Studios.



  • Tanya
    Jun 18, 2009
    Jun 18, 2009

    Khamaaj was a big hit previously as well. All these songs are being sung again..a little differently..sometimes individually or like in the case of Aik Alif in collaboration. The vocalist for Khamaaj is Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan (former lead of the band 'fuzon') and is definitely a class apart when it comes to beautiful vocals.