Episode 5: Coke Studio Season 11 (Mauj)

Disclaimer: This review is an opinion of a music listener. I have no musical background or technical expertise. If anybody disagrees with anything in this post… well, they will have to live with it. I can’t help them 🙂

First and foremost, I apologize for late review. I was on vacation and was travelling yesterday. I, therefore, could not view or review the episode.

Dastaan-e-Moomal Rano, The Sketches

I haven’t googled, but I think this is the first time ‘The Sketches’ is performing in Coke Studio. I have seen them win awards in various award shows; so they are good, or popular, for sure.

I don’t understand the lyrics, again. Moomal Rano is a painful and heart wrenching tale. The song is a good depiction of pain. Seriously, this song was painful to listen to.

The vocals are good.

Rating: 2/5 stars.


Malang

The famous duo of Season 10 – Baazi, Sahit Ali Bagga and Aima Baig pair up again this time for ‘Malang’. I don’t understand the lyrics.

Blame it on the lyrics or was he just a tad bit louder and screechy than Roye Roye, I didn’t like Sahir Ali Bagga’s vocals in this one. Similarly, Aima’s portion in this song also reminded me a lot of the earlier duet – Baazi. To a large extent, I felt that it is the same song. Perhaps after a few replays, I will get the groove. For now, this one is not for me.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars.


Dil Hai Pakistan

And the rockstar Ali Azmat is back.

The song… is really two distinct songs. The first one starts with a strange, nostalgic, cyclic, repetitive vocals by

Mangal, Darehan and Shayan

Dambora as he describes beauty and love. starts

The vocals are good. I like the tune as well. This song would have been another one that I would play repeatedly, if only there was no or very little music. I think the loud music just killed the essence of this otherwise beautiful composition.

Rating: 4/5 stars.


Other observations:

  • Dil Hai Paksitan is definitely star of this episode.
  • My favourite from all three episodes is Ghoom Charakhra and Roye Roye now.
  • Mahi Aa Ja gets a special mention. I’m Asim’s fan.

What did you guys think of this episode?  Please do leave comments.

Happy weekend to all!

Shabana Mukhtar

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