Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The MJ Show #99 (Songs from the Coke Studio Sessions - Season Two)

You saw the awesome Season 1 of the Coke Studio sessions in Episode 98
Now...get ready for something even more awesome.

Here's the official take once again:
This year, after the unprecedented critical acclaim and huge popularity of Season 1, Coke Studio reignites our passion and returns to the heart of the live recording studio with a new artist line up, a different sound, an innovative house band and a brand new set of performances and episodes. This season, Rohail Hyatt’s musical genius 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.

Coke Studio’s Season 2 had electrifying performances, surprise collaborations between artists and be part of their interpretation of Pakistani music on a reinvented signature Coke Studio set. Season 2 demonstrates how creative boundaries can be defined, redefined and bridged through musical improvisation reflecting the vibrancy and artistic harmony of Pakistan’s artists. Listen to the plaintive sounds emanating from the mountains and valleys of the Frontier and Baluchistan, reverberating through the rivers of the Punjab and breaking out triumphantly into the sands of Sindh and out across the open seas.

Who is Rohail Hyatt you ask me? Here's the answer...
A Pakistani legend in his own right, Rohail Hyatt is an award winning artist and producer par excellence whose art is in a state of constant dynamism, from his formative years on the 1980’s pop scene, to his leadership of the pioneering band Vital Signs, to his collaborations with icons ranging from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Ustaad Saami to film-maker Shoaib Mansoor.

This visionary produced the definitive, critically acclaimed and now iconic music project Coke Studio’ in 2008 which captured the essence and nature of the collaborative relationship between eastern and western music in Pakistan.

Basically, he's the man behind Coke Studio!

What I'm going to give you here tonight, are the songs played in the 5 episodes that ran in Season Two of this brilliant show. I hope you love them. I thought that they were absolutely stunning!

Episode One - Individuality
Javed Bashir - Aj Latha Naeeo

Zeb & Haniya - Paimona

Atif Aslam - Jal Pari

Shafqat Amanat Ali - Khamaaj

Saieen Zahoor and Noori - Aik Alif

Episode Two - Harmony
JoSh - Janay Do

Ali Zafar - Dastaan-e-Ishq

Saieen Zahoor - Toomba

Shafqat Amanat Ali - Aankhon Kay Sagar

Atif Aslam & Riaz Ali Khan - Kinara

Episode Three - Equality
Ali Zafar - Yar Daddi

Noori - Jo Meray

JoSh - Bari Barsi

Atif Aslam - Wasta-e-Pyaar Da

Zeb & Haniya and Javed Bashir - Chal Diyay

Episode Four - Spirit
Atif Aslam - Mai Ni Mein

Riaz Ali Khan - Bulleya

Zeb & Haniya - Chup

Noori - Saari Raat

JoSh & Shafqat Amanat Ali - Mahe Ve

Episode Five - Unity
Arieb Azhar - Husnehaqiqi

Strings - Titlian

Zeb & Haniya & Javed Bashir - Rona Chor Dia

Ali Zafar - Nahi Ray Nahi

Shafqat Amanat Ali - Kuch Ajab Khail

Noori - Keedar

Atif Aslam - Humain Kya Hua

Just how brilliant was that eh?! I can't wait for the next season to air!!
Check out: for more on this brilliant series!

So then...this was Episode 99!! Next up is the Big 100th Episode.
Like I promised you on twitter. The 100th show is going to be something special! I can't WAIT to get started on it!
I will have a guest host for the 100th show. An extremely talented good friend...Luke Kenny! :)

Right is now time for me to say...take care...and Good Night! :)
This is your Musicman Mihir...signing off!

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