While the dust from the previous episode was yet to settle, Strings rolled out the second installment of season 8. Comprising only one original track and three helpings of melodies of the past, dangerously layered with nostalgia, the episode hints at its producers finding their true calling. With Ustad Tanveer Hussain and Sajid Ali in the driving seat, and Ali Zafar on the roof, the wagon putters through a path that was steamrolled by the first episode
Coke Studio Season 8, Episode 2 consists of four songs.
You can also download the audio of the song by clicking on any of the download link next to the song name listed under.
- Rockstar by Ali Zafar [ download audio ]
- Chiryaan Da Chamba by Suraiya Khanum & Anwar Maqsood [ download audio ]
- Sakal Ban by Rizwan & Muazzam [ download audio ]
- Sammi Meri Waar Umair Jaswal & Quratulain Balouch [ download audio ]
So here are the song videos that are released today. Lets listen and watch with us one by one.
Rockstar by Ali Zafar
‘Rockstar’ is a funky, jazz-esque biopic with Ali Zafar’s sprightly old-fashioned songwriting and an addictive groove. With overblown violin riffs and Mannu’s sharp bass lines – there are plenty of twist and turns varying between modern harmonies to old-school classic desi rhythms midway through the song featuring the Dhol and Harmonium. The backing vocalists add a classic 60s texture to the track, all along complimenting Ali Zafar’s high-pitched and oft baritone vocals as he sings about scoring a hit every season amongst other ‘rockstar’ prerequisites.
Chiryaan Da Chamba by Suraiya Khanum & Anwar Maqsood
‘Chirya Da Chamba’ is the subtle beginning of the perfect soundscape where less is more. Suraiya Khanum’s exceptionally moving vocals add on to the earthy sound of the matka, a repetitive cycle of the piano and the guitar creating a seamless transition into a poem recital by Anwar Maqsood. The heartrending words penned by the legend himself is an overtly emotional letter to a father from his daughter who has been married off, reminiscing about the time she spent at her family home. A classic soulful performance recorded in the first take, the song will definitely evoke feelings that don’t appear on the surface too often.
Sakal Ban by Rizwan & Muazzam
As the rightful torchbearers to the century old tradition of Qawwali, ‘Sakal Ban’ adds to Rizwan and Muazzam’s colossal catalog of their signature sound marked by churning rhythms and apocalyptic finality. The doubled-over vocals and the throbbing beat of the drums by Aahad Nayani, coupled with the timeless kalaam of Amir Khusrau, the track is nothing less than an assault to ones auditory perception. The mood intensifies further with Tanveer Tafu’s guitar solo and once again establishes Rizwan and Muazzam’s peculiar flair of creating a sonic ocean only they’re capable of.
Sammi Meri Waar Umair Jaswal & Quratulain Balouch
On their first collaborative single, ‘Sammi Meri Waar’ – the duo, Umair Jaswal and Quratulain Balouch (QB) stick close to their dual strengths. A folk Punjabi song that’s traditionally sung at weddings – the track has been masterfully entwined by the house band featuring a strong groove underlined by Sajid Ali’s flute and Tanveer Tafu’s moody Mandolin rhythm. Jaswal’s gloriously expressive voice fusing smoothly with QB’s signature deep vocals gives way to the hook of the song’s rising chorus making it a track that’s both catchy and irresistible.
Also Read: First Episode of Coke Studio Season 8
Stay tuned because the third episode is featuring some cool songs from Arif Lohar, Kavish, Ali Sethi, Nabeel Shaukat, Gul Panra and Atif Aslam. Lets wait for the third episode and we’ll let you know when it will come out so stay tuned.