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Fizz Studio

Coke is about to splash and bubble once again with Coke Studio 2,so you heard?
I’ve become an ardent fan ever since the first promos came up for the concept and have been following Coke Studio with religious fervor ever since.

This time they are going really going over the top and how happier can I be, with Atif being on the show. Atif is a real icon for me as he has really energized the whole music scene in Pakistan.

Someone who I’ll miss not being a part of Coke Studio 2 is Selina, from the Saba and Selina duo, she was ever smiling and always used to be grooving to the music, she brought in a cuter side to Coke Studio. Will Natasha be able to take her place? Only time will tell.

Among the house band last year, Gumby impressed me the most with his innovative drumming. His drums in Flute Jam, Mein chala, Gallan and Garaj Baras were just purely excellent.

Coke Studio-izing:

That’s what my facebook status says, I am doing. Since Zeb and Haniya are in the show, I’ve put their album on constant play in my car to familiarize myself with their tracks as to enjoy fully when they play in Coke Studio 2. The comment I would like to make on their album is that it is already COKE STUDIO ready, since two members of the house band ( Gumby and Mannu) have played on Chup (Zeb and Haniyas Album), the whole album seems to be a product of Coke Studio One.

Hats off to Coke for supporting the music scene in Pakistan when it needs it the most. An original and one-of-a-kind project, it simply as they say “rocks”.

Now speaking of things that “rock”, I would like you all to stop and ponder over music by Adil Salik, who makes music by the name of Dye Corduroy.

Check out this urdu track, “ Sab Jhoot Hai” , D/L the track here and while you are at it , you can check out this other brilliant track ,” kiya tum ho wohee”

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Awards 2008

Why wait for a specified date and all the buildup to know the winners of awards when you can know it all now,  I think I can be a credible authority with a valuable point of view on Pakistani music. I won’t be covering all the type of awards but rather select titles on which I believe are correct .Let us just  cut the introductory portion short and go ahead with them awards.

Best Album:
 Meri Kahani by Atif Aslam

Best Video:
Humsafar by Jami*

Some new (never seen before ) awards:

Best new song by an established artist:
Ujalon Mein by Mizraab** 

Best new song by a new artist:
Faasley by Siege ***

Biggest Disappointment:
Tabeer by Shafqat Amanat ali ****

Best Multi Artist Collaboration:
Yeh Hum Naheen  

Song Of The Year:
Garaj Baras by Ali Azmat and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 



* This year has been marvelous when it comes to videos, be it Saqibs Aitebaar, Babars Paheliyan,Zeeshans Gallan,Bilals Hungami Halaat,The social issues depiction by Sohail Javedin Beqaraar and Abhi Abhi,Ahsan was the most prominent with 3 brilliant videos , Aag,Ek Baar and the ultra bold Laga Reh which is second if not equal to the winner Humsafar .

** the only other song which could compete with Mizraabs single was Nooris Do dil,Jals Chalte Chalte is a good effort too.

*** Now I wasn’t at all sure about this one and still am confused on which song is better Faasley or Paheliyan by Mauj.

**** Although I shouldn’t have written this album here before listening to it properly but from what I have head of the album it isn’t upto mark to what Shafqat could have done with his 
album. I would go more to say that Fuzons Journey is  better. 

I hope you enjoyed the award show this year and we look forward to see you next year with a more exciting show. With great albums lined up for release and with artists whom can’t go wrong ( Faakhir, Mauj, Kaavish,Ali Khan,Zameer,Call ) the albums are sure to deliver. Amen.