Bollywood playback singer Shilpa Rao, who is all set to make her Coke Studio debut in season 9, has nothing but nice things to say about her first experience across the border.
The multiple award-winning singer, who has hits such as Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeon), Ishq Shava Jaan (Jab Tak Hai Jaan) and Meherbaan (Bang Bang) to her credit, is the first Indian artist to perform in the popular show.
In a recent interview with Khaleej Times, Shilpa revealed that she was approached by the renowned band Noori, one of the producers of the upcoming season, to appear in season 9.
“I met Noori in Delhi for lunch at a common friends’ gathering,” said Shilpa.
“We hung out, sang songs together and that is when they asked me to come to Pakistan and sing for Coke Studio. I agreed – Ali took it very seriously and actually got me here to record the song. It’s basically musicians bonding with each other. One song can make you friends for life – that is the power of music,” she added.
Ali Hamza of the power duo also confirmed it saying, “We heard her (Shilpa) sing and just told her ‘you are coming to Lahore!'”.
Shilpa also praised the most-coveted musical platform of the country saying, “It (Coke Studio Pakistan) is a place where all the musicians are in an environment where they have their instruments, their space and the freedom to choose anything and convey it to the people in their own style; it’s very powerful.”
Further sharing her personal experience on the show, she said, “It’s an ideal situation to make music. It’s a great place and I am fortunate enough to be here. As a musician, to have a place where you can do whatever you want is great and I think very few people get this opportunity.”
With six producers and over 30 artists, Coke Studio season 9 is bound to be the biggest of all time.
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