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Coke Studio (Pakistani season 8)
Coke Studio Season 8 logo.png
Season 8 logo
StarringFeatured artists
Country of originPakistan
No. of episodes7
Release
Original networkWebcast
Original release16 August[1] –
4 October 2015
Additional information
Websitecokestudio.com.pk/season 8
Season chronology
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List of Coke Studio (Pakistan) episodes

The eighth season of the Pakistani music television series Coke Studio premiered on 16 August 2015[2][3] and aired its finale on 4 October 2015. It aired a weekly episode every Sunday on various channels across Pakistan. The season was revived under the tagline of The Sound of Nation.

The debut producers of season 7, Strings duo and series regular producer Coca-Cola, continued their journey as producers in this season. Earlier, rumours were made that Rohail Hyatt would be back as a producer this season but he denied rumors saying "Just for the record, I'm not producing the next season of Coke Studio Pakistan (2015)....... I would like to produce my 7th season of Coke Studio one day. I hope this clears any confusion".[4]

The lead bassist, Khalid Khan, was ruled out of season 8 due to cervical pain; he was replaced by Kamran 'Mannu' Zafar.[5] The season featured seven episodes comprising thirty-one artists, thirteen musicians and twenty-eight songs.[6]

Artists[edit]

Featured Artist[edit]

Following is the list of thirty-one featured artists line-up, including six bands, that will perform as individuals, duos and with chorus:[7][8]

Note: Anwar Maqsood is the only featured artist who served as a narrator of his own poem specially written for the song "Chirya Da Chamba".

Backing Vocals[edit]

For season 8, following is the list of backing vocalist that serves vocal harmony with the lead vocalist. Sara Haider and Rachel return to season 8 as a backing singer, with Sara also appeared as a featured artist.

Musicians[edit]

Almost all the Musician House Band returns to season 8 except Khalid Khan who left the show due to health problem and was replaced by Kamran Mannu Zafar, while pianist Jaffar Zaidi of Kavish also served as a lead vocalist for the first time. Only Sajid Ali returned as a guest musician for this season. Following are the lists of featured line-up musicians:

Songs[edit]

On 4 August 2015, a special tribute to Sohail Rana and Masroor Anwar was presented by reproducing their patriotic song "Sohni Dharti"[9] as a part of Pakistan's 68th Independence celebration.[10] Season also released the promo with the tribute under the tagline of 'Celebrating the spirit of Independence'.[11] "Sohni Dharti" featured all the artists that were scheduled to lined-up for this season.[12] The promo and tribute release were met with extravagant reception from all over the world.[13] "Sohni Dharti" went viral with in 24-hours of it release, earning wide spread acclaim.[14] The song was declared as "the best of what Coke Studio has ever offered".[15][16]

# Release Date [N 1] Song(s) performed Artist(s) Language(s) Ref.
Title In Nastaʿlīq [N 2]
Promo song
1 4 August 2015 Sohni Dharti سوہنی دھرتی Season's Featured artists Urdu [17]
Episode 1
2 16 August 2015 Aankharli Pharookai آنکھڑلی پھڑوکے Karam Abbas & Mai Dhai Braj, Marwari & Punjabi [18]
3 Bewajah بے وجہ Nabeel Shaukat Ali Urdu
4 Sayon سیّو Mekaal Hasan Band Punjabi
5 Tajdar-E-Haram تاجدارِ حرم Atif Aslam Arabic, Braj, Persian & Urdu
Episode 2
6 22 August 2015 Sakal Ban سکل بن Rizwan & Muazzam Ali Khan Braj [19]
7 Sammi Meri Waar سمّی میری وار Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch & Umair Jaswal Punjabi & Urdu
8 Chiryan da Chamba چڑیاں دا چمبا Suraiya Khanum & Anwar Maqsood Punjabi & Urdu
9 Rockstar روکسٹار Ali Zafar English, Punjabi & Urdu
Episode 3
10 29 August 2015 Man Aamadeh Am هن آهدہ ام Atif Aslam & Gul Panra Persian & Urdu [20]
11 Umran Langiyaan عمراں لنگھیاں Ali Sethi & Nabeel Shaukat Ali Siraiki & Punjabi
12 Neun La Leya نیوں لا لیا Kaavish Punjabi
13 Rung Jindri رنگ جندڑی Arif Lohar Punjabi
Episode 4
14 5 September 2015 Rabba Ho ربّا ہو Mulazim Hussain Punjabi & Urdu [21]
15 Khari Neem کھڑی نیم Siege Marwari & Urdu
16 Piya Dehkan Ko پیا دیکھن کو Nafees Ahmed Khan & Ustad Hamid Ali Khan Braj
17 Ae Dil اے دل Sara Haider & Ali Zafar English & Urdu
Episode 5
18 13 September 2015 Hina Ki Khushbu حنا کی خوشبو Asim Azhar & Samra Khan Punjabi & Urdu [22]
19 Khalis Makhan خالص مکّھن Bakhshi Brothers Punjabi
20 Kinaray کنارے Mekaal Hasan Band Urdu
21 Rangeela رنگیلا Ali Azmat Urdu
Episode 6
22 19 September 2015 Ve Baneya وے بنیا Fizza Javed & Mulazim Punjabi & Urdu [23]
23 Hare Hare Baans ہرے ہرے بنس Rizwan, Muazzam & Shazia Manzoor
24 Jiya Karay جیا کرے Sara Raza & Ali Haider Urdu
25 Kadi Aao Ni کڈے آوو Atif Aslam & Mai Dhai Punjabi & Urdu
Episode 7
26 3 October 2015 Armaan ارماں Siege & Alycia Dias Urdu [24]
27 Ajj Din Vehre Vich وچ اجّ دن ویہڑے Ali Zafar Punjabi & Urdu
28 Dil Jale دل جلے Malang Party Urdu
29 Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo آج جانے کی ضد نہ کرو Farida Khanum Urdu
  1. ^ This column only contains digitally broadcast dates of song/episode.
  2. ^ Nastaʿlīq is a writing-style specially for Urdu language, since Urdu is the lingua franca of Pakistan, this column contains names of songs written in Nastaʿlīq script.

Reception[edit]

Season 8 became the one of the most successful seasons of all time,[25] earning the title of "Best of Coke Studio has ever Offered".[15][26] Many songs became the headlines of newspapers and media outlets including Atif Aslam's rendition of the popular qawali "Tajdare Haram" as a tribute to its original performers, the Sabri Brothers. The rendition received an overwhelmingly positive response and the track gained over 241 million views on YouTube.[27] Despite achieving critical success many media outlets and viewers praised the original version by Sabri's and criticized Atif diction to the song, Amjad Sabri the son of Ghulam Farid Sabri says, "I really like how the music was arranged. Atif didn't do badly. I wish he could have worked on his diction a little more, as long as the essence remains untouched, there is no harm." He further said, "it was an honest accolade to his father and uncle".[28] Imane Babar Wahedi of Express Tribune declared Nabeel Shaukat Ali's song "Bewajah" the Coke Studio's best production so far. She said "Nabeel Ali's composition and voice quality are the backbone of the song; his extraordinary vocals literally gave goose bumps. Haider Ali's guitar riff on the keyboard compliments the composition extremely well."[29]

Episode two was the most successful episode . Ali Zafar marked his appearance with "Rockstar" (the only original song in episode 2), after six years of a gap from the show. The song received highly critical acclaims for its variation in vocals, jazzy tune and freedom of lyrics[30] and was praised by Many media celebrities and personalities including Hritik Roshan, Mahira Khan, Fahad Mustafa, Imran Khan and Adnan Sami.[31] On the success of "Rockstar" Ali stated that, "I partly lead the rockstar life I've made fun of." He explains that, "The lyrics of the song remind me of how I used to perceive rockstars when I was a kid. There's an aspect of vanity and arrogance 'Rockstar' which required me to get more animated."[32] The folk-song "Sammi Meri Waar" by Umair Jaswal and QB was heavily criticized for the poor coordination and presence. The duo were called "ridiculously photogenic" and media outlets lambasted Coke Studio's first negotiation with a folk song.[16] Tufail Niazi's hit wedding song "Chirya Da Chamba" by Surriya Khanam and Anwar Maqsood was praised for its music, composition and the beautiful narration of a letter by Maqsood. It was stated that the song "created a memorable experience for audiences."[33]

The third episodes mark the debut of Pakhtun singer Gul Panra in Lollywood,[34][35] who sang a Persian duet "Man Aamadeh Am" with Atif Aslam.[36] The song went viral and was viewed more than 37, 000 times in five hours.[37] Panra received highly positive acclaim and recognition in her debut in season eight.[38] Arif Lohar's "Rung Jindri" was also met with positive response. The News Tribe wrote "his [Arif Lohar] song lift up the Coke Studio to another peak of fame."[39]

The fourth episode was also reviewed positively, Ali Raj of The Express Tribune gave three and half stars out of five by saying, "The episode reflects the good, the bad and the largely ugly of an approach that is seemingly here to stay."[40]

Episode five also garnered positive reviews. The release of Ali Azmat's song "Rangeela"[41] was widely praised[42] The second song from episode "Hina Ki kushboo" by Samra Khan and Asim Azhar, with a fusion of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's qawali "Kina Sona Tenu" aimed as a tribute to Noor Jahan received mixed to positive reception from media outlets.[43]

Episode six saw the third appearance of Atif Aslam who sang Marwari duet "Kadi Ao Ni" with folk singer Mai Dhai.[44] Singer Shazia Manzoor appeared in CS for the first time singing a qawali with duo Rizwan & Muazzam.[45] Fiza Javed who briefly appeared in season one of Pakistan Idol[46] appeared first time on national television with singer Mulazim Hussain, performing a duet of Reshma's song "Meri Hamjoliyaan". The episode ended with "Jiya Karay" by Ali Haider and Sara Raza Khan.[47] Haider also appeared on both CS and television after a long gap.[48]

Episode seven marked the season finaleand reception was highly positive.[49] Specially the appearance of Farida Khanum was the highlight of episode. Khanum appeared on national television screens after a significant gap.[50] In the finale episode she sang her most popular ghazal "Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo".[51] Strings even went on to thank her in the opening monologue of song saying, "We would like to thank Farida Khanum Sahiba for accepting our request and gracing Coke Studio with her presence." ARY News praised the renditipn saying, "Finally a reason to watch Coke Studio: Farida Khanum singing 'Aaj Jane Ki Zidd Na Karo'."[52] Besides Khanum, Ali Zafar's third appearance to sing "Aj Din Vehre Vich" originally written by Shahnawaz Zaidi received positive reviews The Nation wrote, "With this season of Coke Studio, Ali has proved that he is an all-rounder. Just like he has essayed different types of characters in his films across the border, in his music also Ali has reaffirmed his versatility like no other artist of his generation, which is on ample display in Coke Studio."[53] The other songs by Alycia Dias, Malang Party and Siege were also praised.[54]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Coke Studio Season 8 kicking off from 16 August". The News Teller. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ "#CokeStudio8 comeback season". Mariam Nihal. Saudi Gazette. 6 August 2015. Archived from the original on 23 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Rohail Hyatt wants to produce another season of Coke Studio". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Khalid Khan steps out of 'Coke Studio 8'". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
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  10. ^ "'Sohni Dharti' Coke Studio celebrates independence month in unique way". The News. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
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  12. ^ "CokeStudio8: Top Pakistani musicians singing 'Sohni Dharti' for Aug 14". Raza Haidery. ARY News. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Coke Studio's 'Sohni Dharti' rendition is music to the ears". Shahjahan Khurram. ARY News. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
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  15. ^ a b "Sohni Dharti: The best of what Coke Studio has ever offered". Madiha Shamim. The Nation. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Best Independence Day gift ever: Sohni Dharti by Coke Studio". Rida Baqai. The Express Tribune. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Coke Studio Season 11 set to open with Hum Dekhenge". The Nation. 22 July 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
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  29. ^ "Why Nabeel Ali's 'Bewajah' is Coke Studio's best production so far". The Express Tribune. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  30. ^ "Appreciation pours in from all sides for Ali Zafar's 'Rock Star'". Geo News. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  31. ^ "One rockstar to another: Hrithik Roshan tells Ali Zafar 'mazaa aa gaya'". The Express Tribune. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
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  43. ^ "Coke Studio's 'Hina Ki Khushbu' reminds of Noor Jahan, Nusrat Fateh Ali". TNT. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  44. ^ "Coke Studio 8: Atif Aslam, Mai Dhai's 'Kadi Aao Ni' shake music charts". TNT. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  45. ^ "Coke Studio 8: Shazia Manzoor, Rizwan & Muazzam give new touch to Qawali". TNT. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  46. ^ "Pakistan Idol banished Fizza Javed shines in Coke Studio Season 8". Mujahid Ali. The News teller. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  47. ^ "Coke Studio Episode 6: Will this be a comeback for Ali Haider and Shazia Manzoor?". Dawn News. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  48. ^ "Coke Studio's episode 6 to release on 20th September– Ali Haider to make his debut on the platform". Mujahid Ali. The News teller. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  49. ^ "Saving best for the last? Coke Studio Season 8 to sign off with Farida Khanum". Dawn News. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
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  51. ^ "Farida Khanum to sing 'Aaj Jane Ki Zidd' in Coke Studio 8". ARY News. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  52. ^ "The final episode of the critically-acclaimed series today released on its YouTube, Daily Motion and Facebook pages Farida Khanum's exquisite rendition of the hugely popular ghazal Aaj Jane Ki Zidd Na Karo. Poet and songwriter Fayyaz Hashmi, born in Kolkata in 1920 and who died in 2011 wrote the ghazal, and the music was…". ARY News. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  53. ^ "Ali Zafar Coke Studio 8's strongest suit". The Nation. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  54. ^ "Saving the best for last: Ali Zafar and Farida Khanum to feature in final episode of Coke Studio 8". ARY News. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Season 7 (2014)
Coke Studio Pakistan
Season 8 (2015)
Succeeded by
Season 9 (2016)