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Coke Studio releases the first episode of Season 7, featuring “Sab Aakho Ali Ali” by Asrar, “Tum Naraaz Ho” by Sajjad Ali, “Lai Beqadaran Naal Yaari” by The Niazi Brothers and “Mein Sufi Hoon” by Ustad Raees Khan & Abida Parveen. This episode of Coke Studio Season 7 will air on 21st September across all leading broadcast networks nationwide.

Asrar makes his debut on Coke Studio in the first episode with “Sab Aakho Ali Ali”. The song’s composition rooted in folk when brought onto the Western style of music takes on a bluesy groove. The song overall comes out being effortlessly vintage cool positioned in a time capsule for what the blues steeped genre of rock n roll used to be. Lyrically inspired by the verse “aaj nai te kal sub Ali Ali kehn ge” from the qawwali Dam Mast Qalnadar, the song is in honour and celebration of Hazrat Ali (SWT). The Coke Studio composition aims to take Asrar’s rendition of a Sufi Kalaam to the next level by infusing groove, harmonies and high pitched backing vocals. Also making his debut on Coke Studio as a guest musician is the legendary guitarist Aamir Zaki. Zaki alternates between moods and textures in spellbinding solos that add tenderness to Asrar’s unique and raw voice.

Sajjad makes his return to the Coke Studio platform with “Tum Naraaz Ho” from his album entitled ‘Love Letters’. The Coke Studio composition has transformed Sajjad Ali’s soft pop ballad into a candlelit rock ballad with monochromatic piano lines. Sajjad through his vocal delivery and heartwarming lyrics has painted the ballad in soft, more mature shadings that comes out as pained but the effect is both beautiful and comforting. The song is one that is personal to Sajjad, as it encapsulates the stomach fluttering poignancy detailed in emotional desire. Lyrically the song is more oriented to clear narratives and realistic images that capture the intense yearning of a lover. Throughout the composition there are spare, open moments of longing vocals over solitary string sections. The eastern influence of the flute and dhol brings the underlying melancholy to the song, evoking a sense of nostalgia. Celebrated Faraz Anwar returns with an exemplary solo that builds in intensity as it progresses. The short and sharp shockwave sees Anwar’s fretwork at its finest adding dramatic rock oomph to the mellow and warm song.

Coke Studio’s “Lai Beqadaran Naal Yaari” also marks Niazi Brothers debut on the show. The platform pays tribute to the song as the first ever song to be aired on PTV in 1964. Revered as a quintessentially Punjabi number in terms of melodic arrangement, the Coke Studio composition translates the song as a melting pot of musical ideas bringing to the mix Desert Blues and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The song manifests itself into a high power experience, full of life and movement bursting with gradual shifting textures. Tanveer Tafu’s earthy tones on the mandolin, deliver the depth of the composition whilst the eastern instrumentation keeps intact the folk richness. The Afro-Cuban overtones provide a glimpse into another world bringing the festive atmosphere to the forefront. While the lyrics are deep, the lover’s indignation is masked in the blend of magnetic tones. The song reflects on the lovers cost of giving his heart to a sneering beloved. It represents, that true love cannot be sustained if there is no respect for the love or the individual. The lyrics warn of staying away from such people, who flippantly discard love.

Coke Studio brings together for the very first time the renowned sitar player of the subcontinent, Ustad Raees Khan and the powerful vocals of Abida Parveen in a trance inducing number “Mein Sufi Hoon”. The composition unfolds as a journey by starting slow and relatively demure but gathering in speed and intensity. Ustad Raees Khan’s solo transports one into a hypnotic realm that complements the reflective lyrical content of the song. The song celebrates the worldview of the Sufi, whose path cannot be known nor understood by the ordinary man. Amongst the thematic elements, the song talks about the search for knowledge and letting go of worldly pleasures in the pursuit of enlightenment. It represents an awakening when the ‘Divine Beloved’ is found alongside the contrasting shades of the trappings of the world. The minimalist composition of the house band induces a dreamlike state allowing the maestros to channel and create a musical voyage that explores the quest for spiritual wisdom.

Episode One of Coke Studio’s Seventh chapter in its journey will be aired on all major television channels, radio stations and available online across Pakistan. The airing schedule for the first episode can be viewed at: http://cokestudio.com.pk/season7/schedule. In the meantime, keep yourself logged on to www.cokestudio.com.pk for the latest updates on Coke Studio (#CokeStudio7).

 

Episode 1

 

Asrar – Sab Aakho Ali Ali

Asrar makes his debut on Coke Studio in the first episode with “Sab Aakho Ali Ali”. The song’s composition rooted in folk when brought onto the Western style of music takes on a bluesy groove. The song overall comes out being effortlessly vintage cool positioned in a time capsule for what the blues steeped genre of rock n roll used to be. Lyrically inspired by the verse “aaj nai te kal sub Ali Ali kehn ge” from the qawwali Dam Mast Qalnadar, the song is in honour and celebration of Hazrat Ali (SWT). The Coke Studio composition aims to take Asrar’s rendition of a Sufi Kalaam to the next level by infusing groove, harmonies and high pitched backing vocals. Also making his debut on Coke Studio as a guest musician is the legendary guitarist Aamir Zaki. Zaki alternates between moods and textures in spellbinding solos that add tenderness to Asrar’s unique and raw voice.

Sajjad Ali – Tum Naraz Ho

Sajjad makes his return to the Coke Studio platform with “Tum Naraaz Ho” from his album entitled ‘Love Letters’. The Coke Studio composition has transformed Sajjad Ali’s soft pop ballad into a candlelit rock ballad with monochromatic piano lines. Sajjad through his vocal delivery and heartwarming lyrics has painted the ballad in soft, more mature shadings that comes out as pained but the effect is both beautiful and comforting. The song is one that is personal to Sajjad, as it encapsulates the stomach fluttering poignancy detailed in emotional desire. Lyrically the song is more oriented to clear narratives and realistic images that capture the intense yearning of a lover. Throughout the composition there are spare, open moments of longing vocals over solitary string sections. The eastern influence of the flute and dhol brings the underlying melancholy to the song, evoking a sense of nostalgia. Celebrated Faraz Anwar returns with an exemplary solo that builds in intensity as it progresses. The short and sharp shockwave sees Anwar’s fretwork at its finest adding dramatic rock oomph to the mellow and warm song.

Niazi Brothers – Lai Beqadaran Naal Yaari

Coke Studio’s “Lai Beqadaran Naal Yaari” also marks Niazi Brothers debut on the show. The platform pays tribute to the song as the first ever song to be aired on PTV in 1964. Revered as a quintessentially Punjabi number in terms of melodic arrangement, the Coke Studio composition translates the song as a melting pot of musical ideas bringing to the mix Desert Blues and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The song manifests itself into a high power experience, full of life and movement bursting with gradual shifting textures. Tanveer Tafu’s earthy tones on the mandolin, deliver the depth of the composition whilst the eastern instrumentation keeps intact the folk richness. The Afro-Cuban overtones provide a glimpse into another world bringing the festive atmosphere to the forefront. While the lyrics are deep, the lover’s indignation is masked in the blend of magnetic tones. The song reflects on the lovers cost of giving his heart to a sneering beloved. It represents, that true love cannot be sustained if there is no respect for the love or the individual. The lyrics warn of staying away from such people, who flippantly discard love.

Ustad Raees Khan and Abida ParveenMein Sufi Hoon

Coke Studio brings together for the very first time the renowned sitar player of the subcontinent, Ustad Raees Khan and the powerful vocals of Abida Parveen in a trance inducing number “Mein Sufi Hoon”. The composition unfolds as a journey by starting slow and relatively demure but gathering in speed and intensity. Ustad Raees Khan’s solo transports one into a hypnotic realm that complements the reflective lyrical content of the song. The song celebrates the worldview of the Sufi, whose path cannot be known nor understood by the ordinary man. Amongst the thematic elements, the song talks about the search for knowledge and letting go of worldly pleasures in the pursuit of enlightenment. It represents an awakening when the ‘Divine Beloved’ is found alongside the contrasting shades of the trappings of the world. The minimalist composition of the house band induces a dreamlike state allowing the maestros to channel and create a musical voyage that explores the quest for spiritual wisdom.

Abida Parveen

Abida Parveen is one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (Sufiana Kalaam) both in Pakistan and abroad. She mainly sings Ghazals, Urdu love songs, and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by percussions and other instruments including the harmonium. Abida has a diverse repertoire of songs originally composed by Sufi poets and sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Seraiki, Punjabi and Persian, and together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era. A few years ago she took a Bay’ah and formally entered into the tutelage of spiritual master, Muhammad Najeeb Sultan which she has also stated in many songs. In December 2009 she launched an album in his name.

Abida Parveen, a Sindhi, was born in Mohalla Ali Goharabad in Larkana (Sindh, Pakistan). She received her musical training initially from her father, Ustaad Ghulam Haider and later from Ustaad Salamat Ali Khan of the Sham Chorasia Gharana. Growing up, she attended her father’s music school, where the foundations of her musical career were first established.

Abida Parveen embarked upon her professional career from Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, in 1973. Abida has been rewarded with numerous awards for achievement in music, including the prestigious The President of Pakistan’s Award for Pride of Performance (1982), and the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2005).

Abida made her debut at Coke Studio in Season 3 . Her performances were regarded as some of the most memorable the platform had witnessed since its inception. This season, the musical maestro returns to the platform and will be performing alongside other renowned musicians including Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

 

Asrar

 

If you blend a rustic voice with Sufi/Tasawwuf thought, a Sufi posture with a Sufi trademark and catchy melodies upon Sufi chants that assimilate through your ears into your soul, only one name would come to your mind and that name is Asrar.

Born in Azad Jammu Kashmir, the beautiful valleys and scenic vistas served as the inspiration for Asrar’s interest in music, which has been a part of the artist’s world almost all his life. From the tender age of 7, he started writing his own songs and also composed melodies for them. The subtleties and nuances of music and the various melodies captured his interest from then on, which allowed him to explore the dynamics of different harmonies to discover what appealed to him the most.

In order to further delve into music further, he moved to Lahore from his hometown of Kotli in Azad Kashmir. Inspired by Ustaad Sultan Ahmed Khan, Ustaad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Tufail Niazi and Michael Jackson, he always tried to incorporate nuances of Eastern and Western elements in all his work. He credits Ustaad Sultan Ahmed Khan for helping him develop a deeper understanding of Eastern classical music.

Since then he has achieved many milestones, of which standing first in the All Pakistan Musical Conference is prominent. His musical journey ultimately led him to open his very own production house Souls Speak Productions in association with close friends. The first single by Asrar was released in 2011 and remained on the charts for a period comprising of more than two years. Asrar is greatly inspired by Sufi music and philosophy and aspires to perfect his craft in this specific genre. His future projects include additional songs and their music videos for an upcoming album which he plans on launching in the near future.

Regarding Coke Studio, Asrar says, “Performing as part of the Coke Studio platform is like a dream come true for me. This project is one of the leading musical platforms in Pakistan and it showcases the best musicians in the country. It is quite a trendsetter and I think it will become a genre of its own in the years to come.”

Asrar will be performing his song “Ali Ali” for the first time on the Coke Studio platform.

 

 

Niazi Brothers

 

Javaid Niazi and Babar Niazi, more popularly known as the Niazi brothers, started their musical journey in 1981, when they performed alongside their father in India and were honored with the K.L.Sehgal Award for their musical talent. Both brothers are vocalists who enjoy deep roots in Pakistani music. Hailing from a family which has a background in classic and folk music, both have been trained and mentored in the art of music from their father (late) Muhammad Tufail Niazi, an acclaimed classical and folk musician. Javaid and Babar Niazi also had the honor of being mentored by Pakistani music legend Ustaad Salamat Ali Khan Sb.

Throughout their careers, both Javaid and Babar Niazi have entertained both local and International audiences and have travelled extensively to all parts of the globe, showcasing their musical talent in countries including United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, the Middle East, India, China, North Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia.

Season 7 marks the Coke Studio debut of the Niazi brothers.

 

 

Sajjad Ali

Sajjad Ali started singing when he was seven and released his first album in 1979 when he was just thirteen years old. This ambitious undertaking included a collection of classic numbers previously sung by the likes of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Mehdi Hassan. Ali went on to make numerous television appearances but his true potential was not realized until 1983, when he was invited to perform on Silver Jubilee, a PTV stage show directed by Shoaib Mansoor. It was this memorable performance by the then 17-year-old Sajjad Ali that brought instant recognition within the music industry and the lasting appreciation of a wider audience.

After a series of albums celebrating the classics, Sajjad Ali decided to concentrate on his real area of interest – popular music. A prolific songwriter, Ali released three pop albums in quick succession. The unusual combination of Sajjad Ali’s classically trained voice and his catchy sing-along melodies had a unique appeal and his albums were well received by the public. However, it was the release of his first single in 1993 that catapulted Sajjad Ali to unequivocal stardom. Between 1993 and 2002, Sajjad released numerous albums.

Singer, songwriter and composer Sajjad Ali made his Coke Studio debut in Season 4 in 2011 with a voice that, in his own words, was “more mature”. Now 2 years later, Sajjad Ali is all set to make another appearance on the Coke Studio platform in Season 7.

 

 

Ustad Raees Khan

 

Ustad Raees Khan, born at Indore in 1939, belongs to one of the oldest and renowned musical families that still exist today. He is a direct descendant, through thirty generations, of the court musician to the Mughal Emperor in the 15th century. Khan Sahib’s compelling presence and a unique and inimitable style of playing has captivated audiences all over the world. His music has an intriguing if not hypnotic effect even on those listeners who are not aware of the complexities of the Sitar. The fact that Khan Sahib is an accomplished vocalist also adds to his popularity. At the end of his recitals, he often sings and demonstrates the same on the Sitar which thrills his listeners. They immediately see how vocal music closely relates to instrumental music.

Ustad Raees Khan’s forefathers settled in Indore and hence the stamp of “Mewat Gharana Baaj” to his style. His father, Ustad Mohammed Khan, started giving taalik to his son when he was only two and a half years old by presenting him a coconut shell Sitar. At the age of five, Khan Sahib gave his first public performance at the Sundarbhai Hall in the presence of the then Governor of Bombay Sir Maharaja Singh and his wife. By the age of nine he became an established artist of Hindustani Classical Music. In 1955, he was selected from a huge list of competitors from all over India to represent the Indian Nation at the International Youth Festival in Warsaw. At this event he won the Gold Medal in the string instruments category in which there were 111 competitors. This is the only gold medal received by an Indian in this category till today. Since then, Khan Sahib has been touring extensively throughout the world and delighting packed audiences at major capital cities. Ustad Raees Khan has also been involved with the Indian Film music for about 30 years. Khan Sahib is married to the one of the most popular singers of Pakistan, Bilquees Khanum. He is the first Indian to have a recital televised on the PTV network in 1985. Season 7 will mark Khan Sahib’s debut at the Coke Studio platform.

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