Following the release of the first 2 episodes from Season 11 to much acclaim, Coke Studio proudly released the third episode featuring “Roye Roye” by Sahir Ali Bagga and Momina Mustehsan, “Allah Karesi” by Attaullah Esakhelvi and Sanwal Esakhelvi, and “Piya Ghar Aaya” by Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal & Brothers. Produced by Zohaib Kazi and Ali Hamza, episode three of Coke Studio’s eleventh chapter in its journey will be aired on all major television channels, radio stations and will be available online at www.cokestudio.com.pk.
Infectious, fervent, and lyrical, “Roye Roye” rides on the emotional landscape of love and loneliness. Sahir Ali Bagga’s composition is the natural descendant of a love ballad that swings between the space of dramatic yet, empathetic. Along-side Momina Mustehsan’s riveting vocals, the song conveys the ache of unrequited love. It’s a masterclass in atmospheric delivery, evolving with traditional sound of duduk and bansuri, the ethnic sound of matka and a sentimental string section. “Roye Roye” instantly builds an authentic musical palette that one can resonate with.
An experimental collaboration, “Allah Karesi” is an Attaullah folk classic with a tasteful twist. A bridge between the old and the new: this grasping Saraiki composition is introduced to the new generation as Sanwal Esakhelvi repackages it on a sampler. Supporting Attaullah’s vocal energy, Sanwal’s experimentalism adds an innovative layer with EDM and orchestral sounds. With this exemplary merger, “Allah Karesi” hopes to inspire the young to openly experiment with sounds and frequencies.
Penned by the Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah at the return of his spiritual guru, “Piya Ghar Aaya” traverses a range of emotions. The oracle Qawwali group of Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad exalt ‘Piya’ in a style that is truly their own. As the high notes tap against the percussions, the rhythm picks pace. With a hypnotic chorus, chants and claps, the Qawwali represents both; the regret and relief of their dearest beloved’s return. One of the most intense tracks, “Piya Ghar Aaya” is sure to leave you in a whirling pool of emotions.
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