For all the times you had a tough tide to ride on, you had one thing to be thankful for – music. For all the times boredom came crashing down on you like an indomitable devil – you had one thing to be thankful for – music. For all the times you were writhing on the dance floor like no one was watching, you had one thing to be thankful for – music. Music is our no questions asked companion through our high and low moments. Plug your earphones in and no matter what storm is deluding you at the moment, stay assured of maneuvering out of it like a pro with some good music. When it comes to music, how can you not mention Coke Studio. The live performances embellished with scintillating musicians is a delight to hear and you can’t just get enough of it once you are hooked to those.
Here is rounding the 10 best Coke Studio performances that you can play on loop and attain instant nirvana :
Madari by Vishal Dadlani, Sonu Kakkar
Vishal Dadlani is an amazing music composer but he has made us swoon with his top-notch singing skills on umpteen occasions. This performance is one such instance where he owns up the song and totally rocks it – thanks to a mix of phenomenal vocal prowess and an eclectic musical mix.
Bibi Sanam Janem by Zeb and Haniya, BTS
This is a love song from the Herat area of Afghanistan. It metamorphoses the rustic Afghan elements and contemporary funk in an inexplicably beautiful composition. The song is rendered in elements of Daro and Pashto languages.
Laadki by Taniskha Sanghvi, Kirtidan Gadhvi, Rekha Bhardwaj
This song celebrates a journey we rarely express in popular culture – the unique bond between a father and a daughter. It chronicles the journey of a young girl becoming a beautiful woman. Taking from Gujarati folk, this one transcends you to the rich Indian heritage.
Aaya Laariye by Meesha Shafi and Naeem Abbas Rufi
This collaboration can put you in the shaadi mood instantly, especially even so, in a Punjabi shaadi mood. A perfect combination of funk and rock takes you into a celebratory vibe right from when you hit the play button.
Kattey by Ram Sampath, Bhanvari Devi and Hard Kaur
Two disparate musical elements harmonize in this epic track which celebrates rebellion and freedom. Bhanvari Devi with her Rajasthani flavor and Hard Kaur with her rapping skills are enjoyable beyond words when they jam together.
Afreen Afreen by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan
A qawwali legend who still lives in our hearts by way of his soulful renditions 19 years on is remembered. Afreen Afreen by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is revisited as un unplugged track by the distinguished Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and debutante Momina Mustehsan .
Sammi Meri Waar by Umair Jaswal & Quratulain Balouch
Sammi Meri Waar is attached to the tribal communities of Punjab. This new age track pumps some upbeat energy and incredible improvisation on to this rustic Punjabi tune. Umair Jaswal’s dance moves make this one even more funky and is another reason you should watch it right now.
Chhalla by Hari & Sukhmani
This Punjabi folk song belongs to a bygone era and is about two lovers meeting by the well. It interprets their anticipation and their subsequent elation on finally having to see each other. The sublime voices of Hari and Sukhmani makes this composition truly remarkable.
Dasht-e-Tanhai by Meesha Shafi
The beautiful Urdu poetry penned by the great Faiz Ahmed Faiz is crooned by Meesha Shafi in her undeniably devil-may-care abandon. The longing of a hopeless lover is expressed beautifully through one language which is known for its depth and poignant temperament.
Teriyaan Tu Jaane by Amit Trivedi, Harshdeep Kaur, Jyoti Nooran
Bringing together two Sufi queens – Harshdeep Kaur and Jyoti Nooran of the Nooran sisters fame – this composition celebrates a bold and carefree attitude by way of a very interesting jugalbandi. These girls make you realize why exactly we are crazy about them and of course, about Amit Trivedi.