Following the opening of Season 6 with the release of “Jogi”, Coke Studio releases its next single “Laili Jaan” by Zeb & Haniya. “Laili Jaan” is a song that first took the world of Afghan Pop by storm in the 1970’s, by a man who is considered the King of Afghan music; Ahmad Zahir. While Afghanistan is known for its wealth of heritage music, Zahir contributed towards creating a legacy of Pop and Rock music that mirrored Elvis Presley, which led him to be regarded as the ‘Elvis of Afghanistan’. The song talks about classic heartbreak; a song that represents the tragedy of love lost with a comical tinge.
Zeb & Haniya perform the song as an ode to Ahmad Zahir as well as reimagining the composition through the female perspective of a song sung by a man. The song is reminiscent of a time where the rich tunes of Afghan music prevailed in various parts of the world and had become a huge part of growing up in cities like Peshawar; something Zeb & Haniya remember fondly from their childhood. Today, the duo bring to the song a gypsy feel that is complemented by the instrumentation performed by L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio – a modern sound that meets the tone of rhythm and blues with an added layer of jazz.
As announced earlier, specific session performances from Coke Studio Season 6 will be released as singles while complete sessions will also be broadcast and available online in the traditional Coke Studio episodic formats from 27th October 2013 onwards. Be a part of Coke Studio’s Sixth journey of musical discoveries on all major television channels, radio stations and online across Pakistan. In the meantime, keep yourself logged on to www.cokestudio.com.pk for the latest updates on Coke Studio.
“Laili Jaan” – Performance Credits
Haniya Aslam – Semi-Acoustic Guitar
L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio
MARIO TRONCO | Italy – Artistic Director
EMANUELE BULTRINI | Italy – Guitars
PEPPE D’ARGENZIO | Italy – Sax
ERNESTO LOPEZ MATURELL | Cuba – Drums
OMAR LOPEZ VALLE | Cuba – Trumpet
PINO PECORELLI | Italy – Basses
LEANDRO PICCIONI | Italy – Piano and Keyboards
PAP YERI SAMB | Senegal – Percussion
RAUL SCEBBA | Argentina – Percussion
KAW DIALY MADI SISSOKO | Senegal – Kora
ZIAD TRABELSI | Tunisia – Oud
Siddiq Kamash | Rubab
Babar Ali Khanna | Dholak