Last season (season 6) of the Coke Studio was big disappointment. Rohail Hayat, ex-producer, had set a very high standard of the music through season 1 to 3 but it declined with every passing season subsequently. Last season ended abruptly under controversial circumstances.
Read: Coke Studio: My favourite five songs!
This year Coke Studio has been produced by The Strings. First episode is available on the website and I must say its absolutely brilliant. The show is back with a bang.
‘Lai Beqadraan Naal Yaari’ by Tufail Niazi was the first song which was aired on Pakistan Television (PTV) when it was launched. It was sung by Niazi brother in this first episode of season 7 and is absolutely brilliant. My favourite song of this episode.
Here are all the tracks of first episode of season 7:
LAI BEQADRAAN NAAL YAARI
SUB AAKHO ALI ALI
TUM NARAZ HO
MEIN SUFI HOON
Some songs never get old. It is a natural trait of humans that when one likes a particular song one likes to listen to it repeatedly. Music has power to change the mood of human in just a minute and it is considered as the natural and spiritual peace provider tools.
‘Tum Ek Gorakh Dhanda Ho’ is a beautiful qawwali by legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and is a personal favourite of mine. Hardly a day goes by when I do not listen to it. It has a very soulful melody and rhythm to it. It is still number one in my Ipod’s music play list, followed by ‘Desert Rose’ by Sting and Cheb Mami.
Qawwali is the devotional music of the Sufis and mystics which is very famous in sub-continent, Pakistan and India in particular. The term includes both the medium and its performance, and has been a dominant feature of Islamic culture since the 12th century.
It was the energetic recordings and concerts of the late, great artist, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997) which first introduced Qawwali music to Western audiences. His singing effortlessly transcended language and cultural barriers, and his spirit reached and moved people all over the world. Today, Qawwali is seen as one of the world’s most passionate and vibrant forms of music.
I am working on a blog ‘ The Soulful Journey of Qawwali’ in which I shall explain the history of ‘Qawwali’ genre of music. I shall post the blog soon. Meanwhile, enjoy this soulful qawwali:
Read the translation of this Qawwali here.