These are exciting times for the music lovers out there. After ending season 9 on a high note with some big hits, high expectations lie on this season to live up to the standard that the coke studio brand has itself set. After all coke studio has played a significant role in boosting Pakistan’s music industry.
Format and Producers
Surprising, we are in season 10 and, many people still don’t really know or understand what actually coke studio is. Coke studio is basically a television music series with live music performances by various artistes. Just a like any other TV series it has seasons and each season has episodes. Each episode is roughly of one hour, has four to five sound tracks and is released on weekly basis. All episodes are recorded at studio 146 in Korangi, Karachi. This studio has a house band, guest musicians, backing vocals and strings section that aid guests artistes while they show case their talent.
Strings took over as producers from Rohail Hayatt in season 7 and from then on each season has 7 episodes. In Season 9 it was the first time each episode was composed and produced by six directors, on top of strings as executive producers and it produced great results. So this season, Season 10, boosts 9 producers namely, Shaani, Shuja Haider, Salman Ahmed, Jaffar Zaidi, Sahir Ali Bagga, Ali Hamza, Mekaal Hasan, Sajjad Ali and Strings. Each producer will produce 1 new song of his own and the rest would be cover songs. As this is the 10th anniversary of the successful franchise of coke studio and we expect them to leave no stone unturned.
Debutants and other artistes
Coke studio is known to bring new faces to limelight. Season 9 made Momina Mustehsan a star and in season 10 the debutants lineup is looking exciting yet again.
Surely, Ali Zafar had a part to play in brining him to coke studio but thats what big brothers are for. Will Danyal Zafar be able to create his own identity? We have to wait and see.
Being a friend of Sheraz Uppal may have landed her in coke studio but she lacks no talent. She is being dubbed as a competitor to Momina Mustehsan. Let’s see if she can take the light away from Momina, she surely has the glamour to.
Sajjad Ali’s daughter has a huge shoes to full in. Is she as talented as her father?
Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi son will collaborate to bring soulful music for the us.
Naat reciter will sing for the first time in this season.
Complete lineup of artistes that will be performing are as follows:
Arieb Azhar, Shani Arshad, Salman Ahmed, Meekal Hasan, Humera Channa, Jaffer Zaidi, Shuja Haider, Rachel Vicaji, Akbar Ali, Farhan Saeed, Umair Jaswal, Nirmal Roy, Sajjad Ali, Zaw Ali, Ahmed Jahanzeb, Faiza Mujahid, Faraz Anwar, Nabeel Shaukat, Ali Hamza, Hina Nasrullah, Sahir Ali Agha, Quratulain Baloch, Sanwal Esakhelvi, Attaullah Esakhelvi, Waqar Ehsin, Momina Mustehsan, Jabar Abbas, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Zafar, Danyal Zafar, Aima Baig, and Ali Sethi.
Each episode of Coke Studio Season 10 will feature a tribute number to several music legends. This year, the intoxicating tributes to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Junaid Jamshed and Faiz Ahmed Faiz will take place.
It is said music is food for the soul, I just don’t agree. However, I have to admit coke studio is a master class.
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