Coke Studio launches much-anticipated Season 6

Published: October 2, 2013
Rizwan U Khan, Anoushey Ashraf and Ayesha Omar

Rizwan U Khan, Anoushey Ashraf and Ayesha Omar

Rizwan U Khan, Anoushey Ashraf and Ayesha Omar Coke Studio Season 6 Abrar-ul-Haq and Atif Aslam Zoe Viccaji, Kiran Aman

LAHORE: Coca-Cola Pakistan announced on Wednesday the return of Coke Studio’s sixth season this month.

Season 6 features artists Abrarul Haq, Alamgir, Ali Azmat, Asad Abbas, Atif Aslam, Ayesha Omar, Fariha Pervez, Muazzam Ali Khan, Rostam Mirlashari, Rustam Fateh Ali Khan, Saieen Zahoor, Sanam Marvi, Sumru Ağıryürüyen, Umair Jaswal, Zara Madani, Zeb & Haniya and Zoe Viccaji.

The Coke Studio house band for Season 6 features Asad Ahmed on guitar, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Jaffer Zaidi on keyboards, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Louis ‘Gumby’ Pinto on drums, Sikandar Mufti on percussions and drums, Omran Shafique on guitar and Zoe Viccaji and Rachel Viccaji on backing vocals.

Coke Studio Season 6 will also feature guest musicians from Italy, Morocco, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Serbia and Turkey.

Our reporter Rafay Mahmood earlier tweeted:

This year’s voyage will witness a fusion of Eastern, Western and regionally-inspired music for which the platform has come to be renowned. However, this  season goes deeper in its journey, exploring the international heritage of popular local music genres, tracing these global influences that have left an indelible impact on Pakistan’s national and cultural musical identity.

To that end, Coke Studio’s cross-genre Pakistani musical talent will be joined by international musicians trained in both contemporary and traditional instrumentation. Season 6 will incorporate global music influences spanning from Fes, Morocco, to the Balkans, the Ottoman, and Kathmandu, Nepal. With this added dimension to its sixth season, Coke Studio endeavours to make Pakistani music more accessible to a global audience, while at the same time encouraging international artists to adopt and integrate Pakistani music influences into their own compositions.

Hosted by media personality Anoushey Ashraf, the press conference was opened by a musical rendition of the National Anthem followed by a minute of silence in remembrance of the Peshawar bombing and Balochistan earthquake victims.

A video recapturing the essence and influence of the past five seasons of Coke Studio was screened thereafter, following which the host invited Rizwan U. Khan, General Manager of Coca-Cola Pakistan and John Seward, General Manager of Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL) onto the stage. An exclusive Season 6 session preview, featuring Muazzam Ali Khan and Fariha Pervez titled Jogi was also screened for all the attendees.  Anoushey then invited participating talent from Coke Studio Season 6 on stage after which Rizwan U. Khan and John Seward unveiled a limited edition commemorative coffee-table book as conceived, compiled and published by Markings, titled Coke Studio – Sound of the Nation – a vibrant visual journey that charters the cultural, social and emotional impact of a music platform that has regaled Pakistani and international audiences for over five years.

Speaking about Coke Studio, Rizwan U. Khan, General Manager of Coca-Cola Pakistan stated, “At Coca-Cola we pride ourselves on being on the forefront of new and dynamic innovations, and we can say with confidence that Coke Studio is precisely that. With this season Coke Studio embraces and espouses an even more global identity, fusing it in harmony with Pakistan’s heritage. We all look forward to bringing another groundbreaking season of Coke Studio to the nation.”

A detailed schedule of the Season will be released on October 6, 2013.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Wali
    Oct 2, 2013 - 9:34PM

    Ayesha omer… Seriously???


  • saraak
    Oct 2, 2013 - 10:28PM

    its not a recovery if ayesha omar is
    hope coke studio is away from turkish influences.


  • sabi
    Oct 2, 2013 - 10:47PM

    In this age of extreme oppression coke studio Pakistan is a oasis in the desert.Looking passionately for season 6.Recommend

  • Blunt
    Oct 2, 2013 - 10:47PM

    Who’s Rustam Fateh Ali Khan? Shouldn’t it be Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.


  • Witty
    Oct 2, 2013 - 10:58PM

    Ayesha omer is a trained singer by the way, although I am not a fan of her singing but I think she can do well


  • Shuja
    Oct 2, 2013 - 11:57PM

    The artist lineup looks promising especially with the inclusion of Rustam Fateh Ali Khan sahab, Asad Abbas and Zara Madni. I tell you its going to be a treat to watch.


  • np
    Oct 3, 2013 - 1:41AM

    Would like to clarify upfront that I really enjoy Coke Studio Pakistan. Sure some numbers are not that great – so what, ocerall it is high quality music and a pleasure to hear. Having siad that there are a couple of things where I am curious why the author or poster said what they did.

    “Season 6 will incorporate global music influences spanning from Fes, Morocco, to the Balkans, the Ottoman, and Kathmandu, Nepal. With this added dimension to its sixth season, Coke Studio endeavours to make Pakistani music more accessible to a global audience,”

    I would imagine this would make global music more accessible to Pakistanis. Unclear why it would make Pakistani music more accessible to global audiences.

    @Shuja ” I tell you its going to be a treat to watch.”

    Not a treat to listen? I guess you see it more as performing art rather than pure music?Recommend

  • Randomstranger
    Oct 3, 2013 - 3:32AM

    The only problem I have with coke studio is that music behind every song sounds very similar. They need to explore other genres of music other than the typical acoustic guitar, dhol, table and drum combo that they use.


  • Shuja
    Oct 3, 2013 - 3:40AM

    @np: Obviously, a treat to listen as well. Would you imagine me muting my TV and watching Coke Studio? I see it as both.


  • Hamza
    Oct 3, 2013 - 7:50AM

    Am I the only one who can’t even wait a second to watch this… I hope that coke studio becomes a world phenomenon (although it has already achieved great success)…. and.. this is to coke studio.. I don’t know if you are reading my comment or not, but I just want to say what ever step you take towards your art, the whole Pakistani nation is behind you, love you and cherish you, you guys are a pride to our nation…. We all will love you no matter what.. and with that line up and all the information I got for season 6, I don’t even see a slightest bad stain in this season… it is going to be epic… I don’t think there would be anything, or any where in the season which would be left without appreciation…. I don’t thing who ever reads that line up and everything of season 6 will have low expectations…. WE ALL PAKISTANI LOVE YOU… THANK YOU TO MAKE US PROUD!


  • Qom
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:10AM

    This is one Qom who is never happy. Its not even released yet and people crying over what is missing.


  • YA
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:00AM

    @witty: your comment is so witty :P
    trained singer or not, i think she doesnt seem to have the vocals good enough to be appearing in coke studio


  • Hussain
    Oct 3, 2013 - 9:35AM

    Why artists Atif Aslam, Umair Jaswal, Zeb & Haniya and Sanam Marvi are repeated so much in CS ?? New and old artist should be given chances to explore like Rahim Shah and others who have contributed in pop industry but not been experimented and explored in CS.


  • Waseem Sarwar
    Oct 3, 2013 - 11:03AM

    I missed Saieen Zahoor a lot. Truly spiritual voice. Bring it on.


  • AK47
    Oct 3, 2013 - 12:23PM

    Anyone know what TV channels are broadcasting this? I think I can listen to Sanam Marvi with my eyes an ears – amazing talentRecommend

  • mani
    Oct 3, 2013 - 8:59PM

    @Wali: well they had komal last time around…


  • Oct 9, 2013 - 1:37PM

    BiG Fan Of c0ke studi0,lo0king f0rward 2 it,th0ugh n0t exciteD Ab0ut Ayesha Omar Nd Abrar ul Haq buh stilL g0nNa luv it aNyway:-)Recommend

  • witty
    Oct 10, 2013 - 1:47AM

    Lets c how she does.I think Rohail Hayat always experiments with one singer who is not well known for his/her vocals, komal rizvi, meesha shafi. So this time around its our very own khoobsoorat’s turn…:P


  • Oct 30, 2013 - 10:58AM

    i am big fan of Ali Azmat in coke studio songs like so much


    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:59AM

    i am big fan of ALi Azmat


  • Nov 22, 2013 - 7:07AM

    Ayesha Omer <3


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