After the unprecedented acclaim and popularity of Season 1, Coke Studio announced its return to the heart of the live recording studio with a new artist line up, a different sound, an innovative house band, a reinvented set and a brand new set of performances and episodes to be broadcast across Pakistan this summer.
This season, Coke Studio draws together the fundamentals of collaborative music that will showcase Pakistan’s rich music culture, by stitching into its fabric traditional artists, folk music influences and regional instruments in collaboration with Pakistan’s contemporary mainstream artists. With visionary Rohail Hyatt back at the helm, featuring this season are sensational stars Ali Zafar, Arieb Azhar, Atif Aslam, Javed Bashir, Noori, Riaz Ali Khan, Saieen Zahoor, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Strings, Josh, Zeb & Haniya, all of whom were present at the press conference.
The press conference also featured the return of Coke Studio’s power-house band with the likes of Babar Khanna on dholak, Kamran “Mannu” Zafar on Bass, Louis “Gumby” Pinto on Drums, Omran “Momo” Shafique on guitar, Saba Shabbir on backing vocals and Zulfiq “Shazee” Ahmed Khan on multi percussions. Joining the house band this season are Assad Ahmed, also on guitar, Jaffer Zaidi on the keyboard, Javed Iqbal on Violin, Natasha De Sousa as backing vocalist, Sikander on dholak and Waris Baloo on multi percussions. This year also welcomes guest musicians Bakir on flute, Gul Mohammad on Sarangi, Gurpreet Chana on tabla, Rakae Jamil on Sitar and Sadiq Sameer on Rabab.
Opening the press conference was country manager the Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Rizwan U Khan who said “bringing alive the magic of live recordings and performances, Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instils a sense of Pakistani pride.”
Producer Coke Studio, Rohail Hyatt also commented “We are sitting on a gold mine of art and talent that has been historically built by our predecessors. To have the opportunity to add to such foundations, through Coke Studio is inspiring and motivating.”
This summer, join us and experience this unique and unparalleled musical extravaganza on television channels, radio stations and online. More details on Coke Studio episodes, airing dates, times and collaborations will be shared soon.
Riaz Ali Khan
Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan
Zeb & Haniya
Assad Ahmed – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Babar Khanna – Dholak
Jaffer Zaidi – Keyboards
Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar – Bass Guitars
Louis ‘Gumby’ Pinto – Drums and Percussion
Javed Iqbal – Violin
Natasha De Sousa – backing vocals
Omran ‘Momo’ Shafique – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Saba Shabbir – backing vocals
Sikander – Dholak
Waris Ali Baloo – Multi Percussionist
Zulfiq ‘Shazee’ Ahmed Khan – Multi Percussionist
Bakir – Flute
Gul Mohammad – Sarangi
Gurpreet Chana – Tabla
Sadiq Sameer – Rabab
Rakae Jamil – Sitar
After the unprecedented acclaim and popularity of Season 1, Coke Studio announced its return to the heart of the live recording studio with a new artist line up, a different sound, an innovative house band.