Five musicians who deserve a spot on Coke Studio 10

Published: February 1, 2017
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PHOTO: PUBLICITY Hadiqa Kiyani. PHOTO: PUBLICITY Somewhatsuper PHOTO: PUBLICITY PHOTO: PUBLICITY Rahim Shah. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

It’s that time of the year when every musician tries to make their presence felt by releasing a single for the ‘heavyweights’ to take notice.

While the format for Coke Studio‘s 10th anniversary episode remains unchanged, the artistes’ line-up is yet to be finalised. Here are select vocalists who we think can take the celebrated show to a different level altogether.

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Rahim Shah

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Rahim Shah. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

The man behind the melancholic Ghum has not made an appearance on Coke Studio yet. The Jhoola hit-maker is one of those rare artistes who have successfully transitioned from regional to mainstream music.

With his exceptional understanding of what strikes a chord with the public, Shah can perform miracles for the show. His last mainstream stint as a musician was Gul Bashri that featured on Moor’s soundtrack. If you haven’t heard it yet, you’re definitely missing out.

Hadiqa Kiani

Hadiqa Kiyani. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Hadiqa Kiani. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

When one talks of those who can yodel as comfortably as they can sing a qawwali or a manqabat, not many Pakistani singers come to mind. From Manne Di Mauj to Wo Kaun HaiBoohe Bariyan to Dupatta and Inteha-e-Shauq to Rung, she has delivered more hits than most.

Hadiqa recently came out with a Pashto and Urdu manqabat, Mushkil Aasaana, written by her late father Mehmud Akhtar Kiani and Rafiq Shinwari. In the day and age of instrumental noise, keeping things simple yet absorbing is a real challenge. We believe Hadiqa still has the Midas touch needed to make magic the second time over.

SomeWhatSuper

Somewhatsuper PHOTO: PUBLICITY

SomeWhatSuper PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Dynamic duo Feroz and Talha have been redefining the musical landscape of Pakistan by fusing electronic music with desi tunes. No, they are not making ‘fusion’ music, the cliché that has taken over the industry at large with trained classical vocalists belting out one raag after another as a rock band plays in the background.

These guys know music well enough to make the debut song of Abid Brohi look like a finished work of an accomplished rapper. Having said that, SomeWhatSuper’s own work is equally amazing. Bandook, their claim to fame is just one of the gems available online. The duo’s inclusion in Coke Studio could also open doors for Pakistan’s fledgling Inde music scene.

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Khumariyaan

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In a country like ours, ingenuity coupled with spectacle is imperative for attention. Popular Pakistani music has walked the tightrope for years. Peshawar-based quartet Khumariyaan has been striving to transform just that.

The instrumental band has breathed (new) life into ethnic music with their work in addition to uplifting people the world over with their powerful performances. With Sparlay Rawail on lead guitars, Aamer Shafiq on rhythm guitars, Farhan Bogra on Rabab and Shiraz Khan on percussion this band has all it takes to transform the studio into a concert hall. Is Coke Studio listening?

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Shehzad Roy

Shehzad Roy. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Shehzad Roy. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

From Dholna to Saali, Shehzad Roy has made a mark whenever he’s released a single. Moreover, Roy’s evolution from lost romeo to satirist has made him a force to be reckoned with in Pakistan’s music industry.

People may have reservations about his talent but he has never claimed to hail from the Patiala Gharana, composing as he always does melodies suited to his raw vocal texture and limited range. The singer could invigorate the show with his satire and ingenuity.

 

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Anon
    Feb 1, 2017 - 10:39AM

    Bunny! Dil mein tum!Recommend

  • Faiza
    Feb 1, 2017 - 10:45AM

    E – Sharp too
    They are one of the nominee of the Lux Style Awards 2015
    They true the spotRecommend

  • FAZ
    Feb 1, 2017 - 1:15PM

    Pays and egos matter here. Its showbiz ET. Define the word “deserve” excluding that pleaseRecommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 1, 2017 - 2:04PM

    @Anon:
    what ? Did you say anything to me ? Recommend

  • alee raza
    Feb 1, 2017 - 2:15PM

    Ustad Mumtaz Lashari! Man who had given 37 years of his life to music. Well known on regional scene but still being unoticed by mainstream media. Ustad Mumtaz Lashari is Sindhi/Siraiki musician of Pakistan and classical singer whose impact on Sindhi music is pervasive. He is awarded with Pride of Performance in2015 by Government of Pakistan.Recommend

  • alee raza
    Feb 1, 2017 - 2:18PM

    Ustad Mumtaz Lashari! man who has given 37 years of his life to music industry. Quite known in regional scene but still being unnoticed by mainstream.

    Listen to Mitti – Everyone Is Made Of Soil By Ustad Mumtaz Lashari by Mumtaz Lashari #np on #SoundCloud
    https://soundcloud.com/mumtaz-lashari/mitti-everyone-is-made-of-soil-by-ustad-mumtaz-lashariRecommend

  • alee raza
    Feb 1, 2017 - 2:19PM

    Ustad Mumtaz Lashari is a Sindhi/Siraiki musician of Pakistan and classical singer whose impact on Sindhi music is pervasive. He was awarded Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan in recognition of his services in the field of music in March 2015. Ustad Mumtaz Lashari is such a musician who brought new colors, new ways and renovations to Sindhi and Siraiki music.Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Feb 1, 2017 - 4:15PM

    Until BUNNY is not given a deserved chance to be in Coke Studio, i have minimal hopes with the show. Please bring back BUNNY. Recommend

  • vik
    Feb 1, 2017 - 4:32PM

    Natasha Baig, the bright star Recommend

  • xof
    Feb 1, 2017 - 8:30PM

    SHAHZAD ROY!!
    Was waiting for some one to name him for this. He was and still is a very big gun and have 2 generations behind his back. He has his own originality and belongs to what we call ‘sound of the nation’ league.Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Feb 1, 2017 - 10:16PM

    I find more inspiration and new talent through Nescafe Basement than Coke Studio.Recommend

  • shahmirch
    Feb 2, 2017 - 7:38AM

    Hadiqa Kiani must come back to Coke Studio, shocking she has only been on one season despite being a living legend. Recommend

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