Below are the artist profiles & interviews of 17 lucky artists that are featuring this time in Coke Studio Season 6.
This Season, Coke Studio welcomes the man who many feel is the King of Bhangra in our country. In walks Abrar-ul-Haq, the name that made his mark in the Pakistani music industry with hit songs such as ‘Billo de Ghar’, ‘Rung Rung’ and ‘Preeto’. Starting his journey from Narowal, Punjab, Abrar went on to study Social Sciences and later became….
Watch Abrar sharing his experience with CS Team:
When looking back on the story of what we now view as Pakistani music, one name that continues to stand apart is that of Alamgir. A truly legendary story of a young boy who left his home in what was East Pakistan in the 60’s with nothing but a guitar to come to Karachi, West Pakistan and find…
Watch Alamgir sharing his views about music:
Ali Azmat is a name that hardly needs an introduction. Possibly one of the most prolific of rock musicians in Pakistan today with albums spread across both his career as the lead singer for the rock band Junoon as well as his solo work, Ali Azmat remains a key player in..
Watch Ali Azmat sharing his views about how he perceives music:
Asad first caught the public eye after winning the first season of Pakistan Sangeet Icon after which he has collaborated with the acclaimed Mekaal Hasan Band, hosted a music show by the name of ‘Yeh Sham Mastaani’ and has recently seen his songs feature in Bollywood films.
Watch Asad Abbas talking about music with CS Team:
Atif Aslam is considered one of the biggest voices in the Subcontinent today with a fan reach that spans across the globe. It all began with a song that pulled the star under the spotlight – ‘Aadat’. Following this, Atif now stands as one of Pakistan’s paramount musicians with international tours lined constantly, 3 albums to his name, multiple Bollywood singles, several international collaborations, to just name a few of this man’s many achievements. Hailing from the cultural hub of Lahore, Atif had initially chosen to pursue Cricket,
Watch Atif Aslam talking about his music inspiration:
In walks Ayesha Omar – an artist that finds a bit of herself in each art form around her. Beginning with the basics of Classical Singing by Rustam Fateh Ali Khan of the Patiala Gharana to her mastery in Painting from Lahore’s National College of Arts and further moving on to Acting and Hosting – a constant since her earliest days in school – without a hint of a doubt, Ayesha Omar defines..
Following through in what is a great tradition of female vocalists from this part of the world, Fariha Pervez is the definition of both immense talent and sheer perseverance. While she began with both acting and anchoring at a young age, it was in Music that she found her true calling. Through the years, Fariha has ventured into…
Muazzam Ali Khan
Being a torchbearer of a tradition that has traveled through five centuries with icons such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan at the forefront is no easy feat. Yet, seeing that the tradition remains alive today is the responsibility of those such as Muazzam Ali Khan. Muazzam is a Qawwal of the reputed Qawwali group Rizwan-Muazzam fronted by himself and his brother Rizwan Ali Khan. The brothers studied under their father, Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan who died in 1996, after which they were taught by their uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
This year on Coke Studio, we have the pleasure of including a name that has become synonymous with Balochi music from the other side of the border– Meet Rostam Mirlashari. Born in Zahedan, Balochistan inIran, Rostam found his inspiration to sing due to his parents – singing had become a tradition in the household that further led Rostam to discover and refine his passion. Not being able to see his passion materialize within his own country due to political tension, Rostam migrated to Sweden in 1991
Rustam Fateh Ali Khan
Keeping the tradition of Eastern Classical alive, Rustam Fateh Ali Khan is a name that strives to preserve the musical roots of the subcontinent. He is the son and disciple of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan with his foundations set in the esteemed Patiala Gharana – a school of music that has produced some of the finest musicians to date. Rustam has received acclaim for…
Born in a rural family in Okara, Sahiwal, Saieen Zahoor began singing at the age of 5. His primary understanding of the Sufi tradition came through his experience in Sufi shrines alongside the guidance of Ustaad Sain Raunka of Patiala in Sufi Kalaam. In this time, he found his love…
Sanam Marvi’s is a story of a little girl born to the Sufi world. Daughter of the renowned singer Fakir Ghulam Rasool, Sanam began her training at the age of seven performing with her father at Sufi shrines in Sindh and Punjab. Born with a real gift, Sanam was encouraged by her father to strive towards a career in music. Outside the Radio Pakistan building, she would sing for passersby while her father would urge people to hear her sing. It was just a matter of time before Sanam would find a way to make her dream materialize
Set in the continental bridge of Istanbul, we meet the singer and mandolinist Sumru Ağıryürüyen. True to the culture that Turkey’s heritage presents today, Sumru embodies a sense of inter cultural fusion meeting both the East and the West with her various music styles.
A name that’s taking the world of Pakistani Rock by storm, Umair Jaswal is a force to be reckoned with. The multi-award winning vocalist joins the Studio for a second time – following through with his performance last year with his band Qayaas alongside Atif Aslam in what has become the most successful song of Season 5; ‘Charkha Nolakha’.
Umair inherits his talent from what is an extremely gifted musical family. His brothers Yasir and Uzair are reputed for…
It was when the acclaimed film Khuda Ke Liye was released in 2007 that Zara Madni was noticed. She co-sung the track ‘Allah Hu’ with Saieen Zahoor after which she followed through in working on a song with Naad-e-Ali Zaidi and Zohaib Kazi entitled ‘Maan Lo’. 2011 brought Zara the award for Singer of the Year at the Lux Style Awards for her song…
Zeb and Haniya
From groovy blues to the complex melodies of local tradition, delving into sounds in a number of languages, Zeb and Haniya are a duo that have proven their mettle in the foray of world experimental music. Transcending national boundaries the pair have seen their music grow through their experience in a myriad of genres and cultural influences from Central Asia and the Subcontinent.
Coke Studio House Band grad Zoe Viccaji steps to the forefront this Season – a step that she feels took the necessary time that an artist does in understanding his or her own craft. Music being an integral part of her personality since the age of 15, Zoe began with her first band named ‘Ganda Bandas’ when she was 17 following which she experimented with…