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Soundcheck: Red, white and Sufi

August 08, 2010


In episode five, Realisation, Coke Studio-3 featured the likes of Abida Parveen, Amanat Ali, Rizwan and Moazzam, Sanam Marvi and Tina Sani in the spirit of patriotism, sufi-istic devotion and an inherent message for peace.

Ae Watan kay Sajeelay Jawano by Amanat Ali. Throughout this season, this artist, who possesses a set of powerhouse vocals failed to create an impression, and one personally felt that the most of the songs he performed were ill-suited for him. However, when it comes to the Noor Jehan/Mehdi Hasan classic patriotic number, Ae Watan kay Sajeelay Jawano, he delivered quite well. His version was very soft compared to Noor Jehan's, and in no way can it be considered an apt replacement, but it does revive it to a great extent. This song is perhaps much-needed in the current socio-political environment.

Sanam Marvi and Tina Sani, unfortunately, were quite forgettable this time around. It's surprising considering they're both well-established and extremely talented artistes. Nawai Ney by Tina Sani featured a haunting rendition of flute-playing by Baqir Abbas. The song throughout didn't quite grab one's attention and tended to slow down in between. It was definitely listenable, but not memorable. Sanam Marvi performed Manzil-i-Sufi. This artiste is blessed with a powerful voice but it wasn't enough in this case.

One hasn't seen as much of Rizwan and Moazzam as one would have liked, especially after their phenomenal performance of Naina De Akhay in episode two. They performed Jana Jogi Dey Naal in this episode. The lyrical content is by Bulleh Shah in which he speaks about his absolute devotion to the jogi, about embodying the characteristics of his beloved; The jogi being a person who devotes himself to the worship and love of God. Jogi Dey Naal by Rizwan and Moazzam was definitely better than the original. There's more energy, more spirit, Rizwan and Moazzam definitely deserved more airtime this season.

Abida Parveen also appeared on the last episode of this season through Soz-i-Ishq. The rendition, the performance of the song wasn't any different from how Abida Parveen normally performs and there is nothing new to be found there. Having said that, the song that grows on you when you listen to it in repeat; a definite favourite for hardcore Abida fans, if there is one thing Soz-i-Ishq has is beautiful, inspirational lyrics “Mere ghar aaya piya humra, Jab mein tha, tab hari nahin, Ab hari hai mein naahi, Jab andheeyara mitt gaya, Deepak dhair ka mahi “(My beloved has come to my abode, When I was me, I couldn't see Him inside, Now that He is apparent, I can no longer see myself anywhere, When that veil of darkness was lifted, There was no need to light a lamp). It celebrates a love for faith and religion instead of drowning it in doomsday warnings. It speaks about the message, equality, devotion and knowing the absolute truth as it comes with clarity from within.