Rabbi Shergill out of Coke Studio 4

Due to a visa delay, Shergill's rushed recording fails to make it to Coke Studio.

Rafay Mahmood May 23, 2011

KARACHI: Among all the Indian artists to be featured in Coke Studio's Season 4 this year, Rabbi Shergill topped the high-profile list with his popular rendition of “Bullah Ki Jaana” in 2005. However, an official statement revealed that his visa had been endlessly delayed, and he barely made it to the studio to record, thus not being able to feature in this season.

“We invited the talented Rabbi Shergill to the Coke Studio platform but his visa got delayed," said Rohail Hayatt, the producer of Coke Studio.

"Although he managed to make it at the very last minute, we were not able to do justice to his music and the platform, given the timelines. It's just not the way we would like to welcome any outside talent to CS. So, I've decided to not use the music.”

With this statement, it seems that no other Indian artist will be featuring in the current season of Coke Studio. However, senior artists from the sub continent, like Shankar Mahadevan and Shafqat Amanat Ali will feature in Coke Studio India which kicks off next month.

Even if we don’t have any Indian artists this time, the likes of Attaullah Eesakhelvi and Sajjad Ali are there to treat the audiences in the second episode of Coke Studio Pakistan that airs on June 5.


tiger | 10 years ago | Reply

Sorry, but no need for Indians. they can come on other music shows, but this programme should be to showcase Pak talent to the world. About time Pak put themselves first, and then did the Indian tokenism once they've got world recognition.

Nice | 10 years ago | Reply I would have liked to see Rabbi Shergill perform in Coke Studio, but I hear his visa got rejected and all that, maybe better luck next time in season 5. I just saw Coke Studio India started. I wonder if we could still invite artist from India to Pakistan to perform, or are they going to perform in their own Coke Studio? In any case, Im looking forward to listening some good music from Coke Studio.
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