Velo Sound Station | Te Quiero Mucho | Aima Baig

DETAILS Title: Te Quiero Mucho Singers: Aima Baig Song Producer: Ahsan Parvaiz Composition: Bilal Maqsood Lyrics: Anwar Maqsood Executive Producer: Bilal Maqsood REVIEW Original composition, and what a lovely mix of Urdu and Spanish. Te Quiero Mucho means “I love you” in spanish. I don’t like Aima’s interview personality but she is a terrific performer…

Velo Sound Station | Baby Baby | Natasha Noorani

DETAILS Title: Baby Baby Singers: Natasha Noorani Song Producer: Ahsan Parvaiz Executive Producer: Bilal Maqsood REVIEW What a bold and strong voice Natasha Noorani. I didn’t like the song much but I don’t blame her or the composition. Songs that have a lot of dhinchak dhinchak and lack structure, I don’t get them. Aangan tedha,…

Velo Sound Station | Ghagar | Umair Jaswal

DETAILS Title: Ghagar Singers: Umair Jaswal Addtional Lyrics and Composition: Bilal Maqsood Song Producer: Ahsan Parvaiz Executive Producer: Bilal Maqsood REVIEW Ghagar by Umair Jaswal is the best song if I have to pick a winner, for the sheer energy umair brings. What energy this man has. And, he has a good collection of funky jackets….

Velo Sound Station | Kadi Te Hans | Atif Aslam

DETAILS Title: Kadi Te Has Bol Ve Singers: Atif Aslam Addtional Lyrics and Composition: Ahsan Parvaiz &  Atif Aslam Song Producer: Ahsan Parvaiz Executive Producer: Bilal Maqsood REVIEW Kadi te Hans is the pop rock version of the ultra-popular song by Shaukat Ali. The lyrics are a combination of Urdu and Punjabi. I love the…

Song Obsession | Bol Kaffara

Yep, I am back with one of these. I discovered this song sometime last week. Calling it a discovery would be wrong, because it was YouTube’s amazing algorithm that suggested this song. Although the song is supremely romantic, the lyrics have a sufi undertone and the qawwali like composition instantly attracted me to the song….

10 All Time Favourite OSTs of Pakistani Dramas

OSTs are the main USP for any drama. Of course, the story itself and cast are just as important, but one can always go back and listen to the OST again and again. A good OST that relates to the story, resonates with the viewers. Here is a list of 10 finest original sound tracks…

Coke Studio Season 10| Episode 1 | Allah-u-Akbar | Ahmed Jehanzeb and Shafqat Amanat Ali

DETAILS Produced & Directed by: Strings Music Directed by: Shuja Haider Composed by: Shuja Haider Lyrics by: Shuja Haider (Special Thanks to Salman Azmi) Singers: Ahmed Jehanzeb and Shafqat Amanat Ali REVIEW This song introduced me to Ahmed Jahanzeb. I have heard Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan before (Mitwa from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Khamaj…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 5 | Daachi Waaliya | Hadiqa Kiani

Review From the first line “Bulhe Shah Zair Wekh Ke Peeta Te Keeh Peeta”, the song engulfs you in a calming and spiritual feel that only gets stronger with the soft chant of “Peer Manawan Challiyaan” in the background. This song gave me goosebumps. What a powerful voice! And, she has such amazing control on…

Coke Studio Season 9 | Episode 6 | Tera Woh Pyar

The year was 2016 and I had just started binging on YouTube. One thing led to other and I heard this song. Suni Nahin, Zamaane Ne Teri Meri KahaniyaaN Both singers had a distinct voice and I fell in love with the song, watching it in loop. And that, ladies and gentleman, introduced me to…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 3 | Aadam | Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad with Humnawa

From YouTube Channel In poetic verses composed by Hazrat Amir Khusrow, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad grace the canvas of #CokeStudio12 in Aadam, taking us on a journey that celebrates mankind’s connection to music, declaring it to be nothing less than our Divine inheritance. Review This one is 12 minutes long as the Fareed Ayaz…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 3 | Mubarik Mubarik | Atif Aslam & Banur’s Band

From YouTube Channel Journeying to #CokeStudio12 from Balochistan, Banur’s Band collaborates with Atif Aslam in Mubarik Mubarik, a festive number showcasing melodies and rhythms that have traveled down to the Baloch people through history and tradition. Review The lyrics are in Balochi language and I wouldn’t have understood a word if there weren’t accompanying subtitles….

Coke Studio Season 8 | Episode 1 | Bewajah | Nabeel Shaukat

Those were the good times. Discovering Coke Studio was like finding a treasure. I must admit, I did not like all the songs. There were few that threw me off. This song, was a recommendation by my brother. I was talking about Coke Studio once, and he asked me. “Have you watched Bewajah?” “No, I…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 2 | Roshe | Zeb Bangash

FROM YOUTUBE CHANNEL #CokeStudio12 presents the serene vocals of #ZebBangash in Roshe, a Kashmiri ode to loss that speaks of the grief that follows in the absence of a beloved. Produced by: Rohail Hyatt REVIEW It is a 8 minute long calming music, like lullaby. It reminded a lot of Sooha saaha from highway. Please…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 2 | Main Thha Marjaniyan | Shuja Haider and Rachel Viccaji

FROM YOUTUBE CHANNEL #CokeStudio12 presents Saiyaan, a duet by Shuja Haider & Rachel Viccaji that hints at the ever present feeling of selfless love, a kind so rare and oft found in folktales that have traveled down to us through time. Produced by: Rohail Hyatt Original Artist: Noor Jehan Lyrics by: Tanvir Naqvi Composed by:…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 1 | Dam Mastam | Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

M YOUTUBE CHANNEL #CokeStudio12 presents Dam Mastam; composed in raag Bhimpalasi, the song uses the metaphor of being mast, a state of forgetting one’s self in love of the Divine. Produced by: Rohail Hyatt REVIEW The first part of the stanza has a very Bollywood feel, but the moment he says Dam Mastam, the feelings…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 1 | Maahi Diyaan Jhokaan | Barkat Jamal Fakir Troupe

M YOUTUBE CHANNEL #CokeStudio12 presents a Seraiki Sufi track, Maahi Diyaan Jhokaan, which explores the journey that requires one to look inwards and sacrifice all the temptations of this world, in the resonant vocals of the Barkat Jamal Fakir Troupe. Produced by: Rohail Hyatt REVIEW This song has a very simple and nostalgic feel. I…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 1 | Ram Pam | Shahab and Zoe Viccaji

FROM YOUTUBE CHANNEL #CokeStudio12 brings to you Ram Pam, a light-hearted take on love, performed by Zoe Viccaji and Shahab Hussain, which tells the story of a love-struck girl confiding to a friend about her enraptured heart. Produced by: Rohail Hyatt REVIEW This is a nice, peppy, feel good song but it doesn’t leave any…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 1 | Aye Kuch Abr | Atif Aslam

From YouTube Channel #WohiKhudaHai, a praise of God as the One Creator of a system that runs in balance and harmony, recited in the voice of Atif Aslam. Produced by: Rohail Hyatt Lyrics آئے کچھ ابر کچھ شراب آئے اسکے بعد آئے جو عذاب آئے کر رہا تھا غم جہاں کا حساب آج تم یاد…

Coke Studio Season 9 | Episode 1 | Afreen Afreen

After watching Tera Woh Pyar for a million times, I moved on to other songs. Afreen Afreen was naturally the next pick. No, it wasn’t me. It was YouTube’s algorithm that showed me the related videos. Oh, alright! Another song by Momina Mustehsan, I thought. Besides, who doesn’t love the Afreen song by the legendary…

Coke Studio Season 12 | Episode 6 | Bo Giyam | Nimra Rafiq & Kashif Din

om YouTube Channel   Newcomer Kashif Din is joined by Coke Studio backing vocalist Nimra Rafiq in Bo Giyam, fusing Burushaski and Urdu in a song bemoaning the disappointment of unrequited love. Produced by: Rohail Hyatt Coke Studio Season 12, Episode 6 Review I only understand the Urdu lyrics, and Nimra has done a good…