It is just fourth episode of Coke Studio season 9 and we have many songs from this season in our playlist. People were eagerly waiting for this episode because it features Shilpa Rao and this is the first time an Indian singer is singing on coke studio platform. Shilpa Rao needs no introduction her powerful voice is her assets. This episode also features debutants Nirmal Roy, Jabbar Abbas, Mohsin Abbas Haider and Naeem Abbas.
A multilingual song is not a new thing for coke studio but an Arabic-Urdu-Punjabi song is definitely is. Ala Baali (“you are on my mind”) is an entertaining song with Arabic beat along with Persian rhythm. The music is composed by Shiraz Upal and the writer of this lively song is Shakeel Sohail. This song is not only fun to listen but you can’t stop yourself from shaking your feet on this song. Nirmal Roy and Jabar Abbas sang this song perfectly and there was nothing wrong in it.
You may have heard people saying that this version is not that good but before listening to anyone (or reading comments) listen this song. Noori decided not to bring many changes in the song because they take this song as a treasure of their family. Keeping the original essence of the song and incorporating Shilpa Rao‘s strong voice along with melodious voice of Ali Hamza, this song is moving. The moment you reach to the line “yaar noon milegi ajj laash yaar di” you can feel the story and pain of Sohni Mahiwal and after that Ali Noor’s part which you could classify as sufi-rock just completes the song. Noor Zehra and her Sagar Veena is a cherry on top.
When you listen to the first few seconds of this song you remember that this is the famous wedding song Aaya Laariye. Naeem Abbas starts this song in his dynamic voice and Meesha Shafi joins him, together with a few twists and turns in the music. The dhol and harmonium links the funky remake to the original one. You can definitely add this one in your wedding and just dance on it.
The debut song of Mohsin Abbas Haider on coke studio is Uddi Ja under Jaffer Zaidi, which Mohsin himself wrote and initially composed. The lyrics are soulful and Mohsin’s mesmerizing voice keeps you connected to the song. Qawwali part just invoke different emotions in listener. The melody is kept low which blend well with Qawwali, the purpose was to let music reflect the melodies you would listen at shrines and they kept it well. Mohsin Abbas Haider proved with his debut performance that he can write lyrics which you will love and also sing it so beautifully that it touches your heart.