Coke Studio Returns

Following up on one of my favorite posts  – Coke Studio @ – I thought I would update you guys with some brilliant news.

After the popularity of Season 1, Coke Studio has recently returned to the recording studio with brilliant singers, an excellent band, and great passion for music. There are brand spanking new performances and episodes, which will be aired throughout the summer and the wait is finally over for all of us.

“This season, Coke Studio draws together the fundamentals of collaborative music that will showcase Pakistan’s rich music culture, by stitching into its fabric traditional artists, folk music influences and regional instruments in collaboration with Pakistan’s contemporary mainstream artists. With visionary Rohail Hyatt back at the helm, featuring this season are sensational stars Ali Zafar, Arieb Azhar, Atif Aslam, Javed Bashir, Josh, Noori, Riaz Ali Khan, Saieen Zahoor, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Strings, and Zeb & Haniya.”

Someone just mentioned to me that Pakistani Idol has recently launched as well and I think it’s great that such talent is now finally being recognized and appreciated in our country.

For those of you who are not as familiar with the concept – “Coke Studio embodies a musical fusion of exciting elements and diverse influences, ranging from traditional eastern, modern western and regionally inspired music. Bringing alive the magic of live recordings and performances, Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instils a sense of Pakistani pride. ”

Can’t wait for the new season to begin. If you aren’t very familiar with Season 1, please check out the blog post link I have pasted above to get a better understanding of Coke Studio and it’s phenominal singers & performances before the new season begins.



  1. Seriously, i cannot wait. I just can’t wait! I heard that Noori has done the title song for coke studio this year? Not the main singer ali noor but his brother ali hamza who is usually on the bass.

  2. Oh, yes, I was a bit of a (ok, a lot of a) Noori groupie, I’m also tres excited about the rest of line-up, this is going to be the schitt! can’t wait.

  3. Guys – since most of us are in Pakistan mode today as we won the cricket match, please do me a favor and check out the second season of Coke Studio ASAP! It’s phenominal. I finally found the music online on facebook and the quality is amazing. Atif Aslam, Noori, Fuzon, Zeb & Haniya, everyone has done an amazing job. I just heard each and every song. Go to the link below and on the left side, scroll down and click on “videos”.

  4. A fan of Atif Aslam and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahib · · Reply

    Omar, I strongly urge all the people reading your blog to watch this video.

    Atif Aslam has done an OUTSTANDING job. You can download the mp3 version on the Coke website you’ve pasted above.

  5. Anonymous · · Reply

    I’m OBSESSED with Aik Alif by Noori

    Par Par Ilum Te Fazal Ho…..
    We Kaday Apnay Aap Ko Parya Na……i
    Baj Baj Wad Nai Mander Masiti….
    Day Kaday Mand Apni Wich Wadya Na….
    Larna Rooo…………….Shataan De Naal

    Allah Saieenya
    Allah Saieenya
    Allah Saieenya

  6. I might just go deaf because of Aik Alif and the volume ive been listening to it on repeat since yesterday …

  7. Amazing, touching stuff. Passes the goose bumps test with flying colors. Javed Bashir, Atif and Noori are mezmerising!

    BTW – english translation for Aj Latha Naeeo (originally sang by Nusrat F.A. Khan)

    Slowly come near to me my dear
    I desire u in every breath
    In this world no one will ever be satisfied,
    till my love is living,
    why should I turn to someone else
    And tell
    My eyes are still not content(Aj latha naeeo Akhiya da cha)
    Please stay some more

    Beautiful stuff!

  8. A fan of Atif Aslam and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahib · · Reply
  9. I’ve been listening to Aik Alif on repeat and it’s by far one of the best songs and arrangement I have heard in a long time! Well done, Noori!

    Noori –

    Joh na jaanay
    haq kee taaqat
    joh na jaanay
    haq kee taaqat
    rab naa deh veh
    uskoh himmat
    rab naa deh veh
    uskoh himmat

  10. I heart it like I’ve never heart a song before!

  11. These songs are so intense. Brings out the emotional and patriotic side of me.

  12. The trailer for the next episode is up! Atif is singing KINARA and Shafqat Amanat is singing AANKHON KAY SAAGAR. The baba jee who was in Ayk Alif is also back in the next episode.

  13. I finally found the exact translation and lyrics for Aik Alif – thanks to the fact that I came across this Blog –

    Aik Alif

    English Translation and Lyrics originally in Punjabi:

    Parh parh ilm te faazil hoya
    (You read to become all knowledgable)

    Te kaday apnay aap nu parhya ee na
    (But you never read yourself)

    Bhaj bhaj warna ay mandir maseeti
    (You run to enter your mosques and temples)

    Te kaday mann apnay wich warya ee na
    (But you never entered your own heart)

    Larna ay roz shaitaan de naal
    (Everyday you fight Satan)

    Te kadi nafs apnay naal larya ee na
    (But you never fight your own Ego)

    Bulleh Shah asmaani ud-deya pharonda ay
    (Bulleh Shah you try grabbing that which is in the sky)

    Te jera ghar betha unoon pharya ee na
    (But you never get hold of what sits inside yourself)

    Bas kareen o yaar
    (Stop it all my friend)

    Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar
    (stop seeking all this knowledge my friend)

    Ik Alif teray darkaar
    (Only an Alif is what you need)

    Bas kareen o yaar
    (stop it all my friend)

    Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar…
    (Stop seeking all this knowledge my friend)

    Allah Sayyaan Allah Sayyaan
    (God is Greatness, God is All)

    Nee main jaanaa Jogi de naal
    (I shall follow the Jogi {ascetic/Sufi})

    Jo naa jaane, Haqq ki taaqat
    (those who deny the strength of Truth)

    Rab naa devey us ko Himmat
    (God does not give them courage)

    Hum Mann ke darya mein doobey
    (We have drowned in the river of Self)

    Kaisi nayya? Kya manjhdhaar…
    (the boat and the flowing waters do not matter)

    Bas kareen o yaar
    (stop it all my friend)

    Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar
    (stop seeking all this knowledge my friend)

    Allah Sayyaan Allah Sayyaan
    (God is Greatness, God is All)

  14. Episode two is up on
    So many people were trying to access the site that it was temporarily unavailable. Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar, Josh and Shafqat Amanat are a few of the singers featured in this one.

  15. Episode three is up on
    The site was down again so I saw a few of the performances on youtube.

    Atif Aslam does a medley of a punjabi song Wasta Pyar Daa with Billie Jean! It actually was pretty amazing (especially the ending and the classical raags) but I had a few issues with the pronunciation/accent (people alVays told me instead of people alWays told me & i am the VUN instead of i am the ONE).

    What was ABSOLUTELY amazing was Zeb & Haniya’s performance with Javed Bashir. They sang Chal Diye which was my FAVORITE song on their CD. It’s absolutely magical. I especially love it because the girls said that the song is an ode to Islamabad!

    Zeb & Haniya:
    Atif Aslam:

  16. I was just going to write a blog post about this exact topic about Ali Zafar’s performance on this week’s Coke Studio until I came across it on another Blog- Check it out. Supe has done a great job!

  17. I’m in love with the zeb and haniya duet! She sounds like a beautiful and charming bird.

  18. Here’s the track list for the upcoming episode:

    Atif Aslam – Mai Ne Mai
    Riaz Ali Khan – Bulleya
    Zeb and Haniya – Chup
    Josh & Shafqat Amanat Ali – Mahi Ve
    Noori – Saari Raat Jaga

  19. Another BRILLIANT performance by Atif –>

    Zeb did a brilliant job with Chup this time. I hope the duo sings Aitebar in the finale on August 14th! I want Haniya to sing too…she has a great voice.

  20. This weeks episode was amazing! I enjoyed each and every song and was deep & lost in though on the Bulleya one especially.

  21. CHUP!!

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