Coke Studio 7: 23 Artists, 22 Musicians, 28 Songs


Islamabad: Coke Studio, Pakistan’s highly anticipated music platform, revealed its artist line-up for Season 7, which is due to launch on September 7.
The show’s new producers, Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia of Strings are set to showcase a diverse line up of pop, rock, folk and sufi artists from different genres, alongside a reimagined house band and other guest musicians.
Featuring this season is a line-up of some of Pakistan’s most prolific mainstream, traditional and upcoming artists including: Abbas Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Abrar-ul-Haq, Akhtar Chanal, Zahri, Asrar, Fariha Parvez, Humera Channa, Javed Bashir, Jawad Ahmed, Jimmy Khan, Komal Rizvi, Meesha Shafi, Momin Durrani, Naseer Shahab, Niazi Brothers, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rachel Viccaji, Rahma Ali, Sajjad Ali, Sanam Saeed, Sara Haider, Usman Riaz, Ustaad Raees Khan, Ustaad Tafu Khan, Zoe Viccaji and Zoheb Hasan.
The house band this season includes: Aahad Nayani on drums, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Imran Akhoond on guitars, Jaffer Ali Zaidi on keyboard, Khalid Khan on bass, Sikandar Mufti on percussions with Momin Durrani, Rachel Viccaji and Sara Haider as backing vocalists.
Coke Studio Season 7’s guest musicians include: Aamir Zaki, Adeel Bukhari, Arsalan Rabbani, Faraz Anwar, Ghulam Abbas, Hamza Jafri, Jaffer Hussain, Javed Iqbal, Kaleem Khan, Mubashir Admani, Omran Shafique, Sajid Ali, Saleem Khan, Shallum Xavier, Tanweer Hussain and Umer Daraz.
“Taking the reigns of Pakistan’s biggest music platform is a feeling that can’t be expressed in words. This has been a magical ride for us, 23 artists, 22 musicians and 28 songs. As producers we couldn’t have asked for more. It’s all about celebrating Pakistani music and our artists,” said Strings on producing the upcoming season.
Ranging from traditional Eastern, Modern Western and regionally inspired pop, rock, sufi, folk and qawalli music, this season pays homage to the Sound of the Nation. In a series of firsts, Season 7 will delve into new unexplored genres while also touching upon the role that film music has had in defining our musical history by visiting quintessentially Pakistani film music within Coke Studio context.
In an interview with Dawn, Bilal Maqsood said, “We’re going to stay true to the CS feel and continue to merge elements of folk with modern music. There are so many untapped musical treasures in Pakistan and we’re looking forward to exploring into them. At the same time, we’re hoping to bring back the oomph that has been missing from the show during the past few years. Coke Studio was spectacular up till Season 3 but after that, it lost out on its element of surprise. We plan to bring it back.”
With these new additions, Coke Studio endeavours to cultivate a sense of national pride and make the platform more accessible to a diverse audience of viewers.

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