The middle class of the country doesn’t have much things to take pride in right now as a group, but every year around this time comes Coke Studio, the best thing to happen to Pakistan and Pakistanis since well the creation of Pakistan. Now before I get accused of being a Coke Studio hater, I’m not, I’ve actually really liked some of the songs from the previous seasons (Like that Arif Lohar song in which he repeats the same two words for about 8 minutes while clapping two metal sticks together.) but we as Pakistanis have this habit of going over-board with a lot of things we do. Like a Punjabi wedding in which the bride is wearing 7 layers of foundation while we label it the best exhibition of “natural beauty” or praise also goes over-board.. Anyways I’m going to be doing a Coke Studio review this season of each episode because I honestly can’t find anything else to do this summer, also I am no music critic and I’ll be completely honest with you guys I just listen to the first and last 5 seconds of each song. So I can just say “Yea I’ve heard the song, it was terrible.”
Anyways here goes *Puts on Hipster Shades*
Please ignore the logistics like me getting name of the song wrong and confusing the singers up.
1. Paisay Da Nasha – Bohemia
If I saw a dhol person on the street playing the dhol and I came up to him and started rapping in punjabi there is a slight chance I might need medical help of the mental kind. But the beauty about Coke Studio is that you can pull this stuff off and get praised for it. After all it’s fusion. (The fusion college kids try in their rooms by mixing maggi noodles and everything they see, as they’re college kids whatever it turns out into they will happily eat it and call it delicious.)
So when Bohemia sang/rapped that song on Coke Studio I laughed. I laughed a lot. He even had a Pakistani Rihanna to back him up so it could sound like the perfect wanna be Jay Z rap song. (Plus he was wearing Beats. Having spent the last 8 months in Canada I have grown a very strong dislike for Beats.)
General Public Reaction after this song -
2 – Tum Kaho – SYMT
This is the first time I’m hearing about SYMT and whenever I read that name I just get remined of YMCA for some reason. I don’t know why, it’s probably a mental thing. I heard 5 seconds of this song and couldn’t figure out why the vocalist was wearing a guitar but was also refusing to play it. It’s just one of those things that annoys me.
3 – Kamlee – Hadiqa Kiani
I’ll be honest, I didn’t even bother loading this song on youtube. Probably because I was busy entertaining myself with cat videos also because I have trouble taking Hadiqa Kiani seriously after her Refrigerator commercials in which she hugs a fridge and pretends all her problems are solved.
4- Charkha Nolakha – Atif Aslam
I actually kind of liked this than I saw that Atif apnay ghar kay parday utar kar lay aiya hai aur un ki balochi topi bana li hai. (Translation – Atif decided to take his house curtains and make an appropriate Balochi Hat out of them. I swear it was funnier in urdu or in my head) but yea overall the song was pretty good and of course the reaction to it was brilliant too. Apparently Atif has just solved every issue Pakistan was facing with the brilliance of this song.
That’s pretty much it. I eagerly look forward to the rest of the season where Uzair Jaswal will showcase his talents.
*Post was not initially intended for the blog and the rest of the parts (if there are any) might not be put on here. Also its good to be back. Will try to be more regular over the next couple of months.