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Coca-Cola Food and Music Festival Season Finale

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The nation’s biggest food and music festival’s second season is scheduled to conclude with a bang in Karachi on 9th, 10th and 11th March 2018 at Beach Park, Clifton Karachi. Attendees will also witness chefs working their magic through cooking demonstrations and enjoy a stellar line up of live music with other fun-filled activities. The incredible selection of musicians from Coke Studio includes megastars such as Strings, Ali Sethi, Sahara UK, Asim Azhar, Quadrum, Nabeel Shaukat and Sahir Ali Bagga.

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Tera Intezaar – Music Review

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‘Tera Intezar’ starring Sunny Leone and Arbaaz Khan is mainly a classical-inspired music album composed by Raaj Aashoo with lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed.

The title song ‘Intezaar’ is a slow romantic track. Shreya Ghoshal’s melodious voice and her sheer skill, tries to lift this average number. The chorus has an alaap and additional vocals are by Shabab Shabri & Arun Daga.

‘Barbie Girl’, is a peppy track sung by Swati Sharma and rapped by Lil Golu and Hritiqa Chheber. Khali Khali Dil, a love-duet by Armaan Malik and Payal Dev. Armaan is commendable, but he does not get to experiment much in the formulaic romantic track.

‘Mehfooz’, a slow rhythmic love song, sounds like some forgotten early 90s number, but is melodious and could be counted amongst one of the better compositions in the album. Probably that is the reason Mehfooz has three versions in the album – one sung by Yasser Dessai, another by Palak Muchhal and a third one featuring Hrishikesh Chury.

‘Abhagi Piya Ki’, is a Sufi track with a soundscape comprising some commendable harmonium strains and tabla beats. This qawwali is one of the rare slow, classical-based numbers of Kanika Kapoor, who is otherwise known for her fast, peppy chartbusters Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan and Baby Doll. Ustaad Ahmed Hussain, Ustaad Mohammed Hussain and Raja Hasan’s expert vocals add to the track. The song’s reprise version has been sung by Javed Ali and Payal. Javed’s rendition is laudable.

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The Lahore edition of Food Music Festival CokeFest successfully concludes

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Lahore edition of Pakistan’s biggest Food and Music Festival concluded successfully on Sunday. The three-day Festival held at Royal Palm Golf & Country Club, Lahore, on Nov 17th, 18th and 19th attracted a huge number of visitors from all corners of the city and provided families with an opportunity to plan a perfect day out. The festival attracted over 30,000 visitors to sample the city’s culinary delights. Attendees witnessed chefs working their magic through cooking demonstrations and enjoyed live music. 
After the successful completion of #CokeFest in Lahore, the festival will now travel to Islamabad (3 days: 8th, 9th and 10th Dec 2017)

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The New Season of The Coca-Cola Food and Music Festival Kicks off in Lahore

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The second season of Pakistan’s biggest Food Festival #CokeFest opened on Friday 17th November 2017 at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club in Lahore where attendees witnessed chefs working their magic through cooking demonstrations and enjoyed live music featuring performances by Sahara UK, Quadrum [The Percussionists], Sahir Ali Bhagga, Malaika Faisal and Horya Asmat long with various other fun-filled activities for the entire family.

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Ittefaq

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Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha sizzle on screen as the dark, gritty music video ‘Ittefaq Se’, showcases a sight of the intense thriller ‘Ittefaq’. The movie is a rebooted version of the 1969 original by the same name, which, fascinatingly, did not have a single song. The promotional number ‘Ittefaq Se’ is a reprised take of the Bappi Lahiri superhit ‘Raat Baaki’ from ‘Namak Halaal, 1982’ starring Praveen Babi and Amitabh Bachchan, that was sung by the unique artiste Asha Bhosle along with the composer.

Anjaan’s lyrics have been given a new twist with additional lines by Tanishk Bagchi and Groot. Replacing the hook like ‘Pyar Se’ with ‘Ittefaq Se’ has made this song pertinent and elevated it to a title track.

Tanishk has retained ‘Raat Baaki’s’ disco vibe and lends a pop feel to ‘Ittefaq Se’. The classic slow shriek in the introduction and Jubin Nautiyal’s unplugged version of the mukhra sets the tone for the rest of the song in the suspense thriller.

Tanishk’s track with its modern-day, cooler beats give it a pleasing feel. Known to create some of the best reprised versions of yesterday year songs, Tanishk has done an admirable job on this one, too. Singer Nikita Gandhi’s husky tone and Jubin’s honest pitch and throw, brings in the retro feel that the music aims to achieve. Go ahead try a listen readers!

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Verna s Music Released

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Mahira Khan starrer #Verna received rave reviews for its trailer, and the first two songs, Power Di Game and Sambhal Sambhal caused a lot of anticipation among audiences. The music album of Shoaib Mansoor’s upcoming venture finally released on 22nd October, 2017, and has a total of 6 songs which will make the listeners go on a musical roller coaster ride.

You can listen to the songs on the following links:

Saavn: https://www.saavn.com/s/album/ urdu/Verna-2017/yWLh83CHFb8_

Taazi: http://taazi.com/Verna/

Patari: http://patari.pk/home/album/ Verna-OST-Soundtrack/

Hungama: http://www.hungama.com/album/ verna/30729161/

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‘Simran’ Music Review

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Kangana Ranaut is the main lead in the movie ‘Simran’ which is directed by Hansal Mehta and it can be counted amongst those having one of the most refreshing six-track albums of recent times.

Composers are Jigar Saraiya and Sachin Sanghvi who have come up with a winner, in spite of the fact that some parts of a few songs have a weird resemblance to the signature tunes of Amit Trivedi and Pritam.

The first song of the movie, ‘Lagdi Hai Thaai’, is a perky number by Guru Randhawa and Jonita Gandhi, which has a catching foot-tapping beat that urges you to join in the wedding shown on screen as Kangana breaks into a performance. This song has been on the Top 20 Charts since the last three weeks.

‘Baras Ja’ written by Priya Saraiya is one of those typical dreamy songs that will have most Mohit Chauhan fans always hitting replay.

The next song, ‘Meet’, is a slow, breezy, romantic number that a singer like Arijit Singh can certainly, sleepwalk through, and he does. The melodic song has lyrics by Priya. The female version on this track by the talented Aditi Singh Sharma is pleasing to the ears. The most refreshing thing about this song is that Aditi adds her signature touch to it, very smoothly.

Sunidhi Chauhan completely owns the next track which is ‘Pinjra Tod Ke’. This motivational song starts with a soft piano prolog after which Sunidhi’s skillful form takes over. Kalyan Baruah’s guitars, Tejas Vinchurkar’s flute and Jitendra Jawda’s violin just adds to the score.

‘Majaa Ni Life’ by Shalmali Kholgade begins with Kangana’s ‘Hi I am Maniben, Shakuntla, Kanta ki badi ben’, setting a humorous mood. Vayu’s worthy lyrics are easy to recall and most single girls would relate with the conditions. This high-energy song with ‘Naach cutie naach cutie’ by Divya Kumar and the catchy rap parts by Shalmali, make it fun.

The title song rendered by Jigar is a verse to the lead character and defines her personality intensely. Playful and lively, the soundscape takes you back to Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Barfi’ (2015) song.

Sachin-Jigar and Vayu jammed on the lyrics together and it was Jigar’s idea to make this a chatty song. And so, keeping the phonetics in mind, the creators decided to go with these lyrics.

Overall, Simran is a good bunch of songs and one of the better albums this year.

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Ankhiyaan Teri making waves  

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The song Akhiyaan Teri was composed by Abhi D and written by Abhi D and Abbas Hasan. It has recently hit the market. Sung by Abbas Hasan, the music was created by GK, Sahil Sharma and Zee Music Company was responsible for promoting the song and the album.

The video was produced by Abbas Hasan and One touch Pro and directed by Zane. Abbas Hasan was also part of the cast.

Abbas Hasan is going to be a big name across the globe soon. Known as the French heartthrob of Asian music scene he won the prestigious Artist of the Year Award in 2015 in his native country Canada. Born in Canada but brought up in Paris, he was greatly influenced by the French and their taste of music. He performed at Priyanka Chopra’s Bollywood film premiere and after doing an ad with Sharukh Khan he caught the attention of Times of India and was the only international artist to perform at the Bollywood film awards held in Vancouver.

Abbas Hasan has worked as an actor and singer. He has shot several single albums and worked in Bollywood films and has a great fan following. He is no doubt going to be the next big thing! He said that for him it’s all about creation of art and what inspires him.” 

For the song Akhiyaan Teri the video was shot in Los Angeles and beautifully captures the beauty of nature. His song takes us on a journey through the scenic beaches in Los Angeles. It is much different from the dark visions of obsession in Sweet Girl. So it is a must to hear song from the rising star Abbas Hasan. 

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Momina Mustehsan is back with a bang

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Momina Mustehsan is a Pakistani singer-songwriter. She rose to prominence as a co-singer and writer in Farhan Saeed’s single “Pee Jaun”, and recorded her first studio song “Sajna” for Junoon’s album Junoon 20.

She tells us that she was always fond of music. She at first learnt to play violin and sang in public for the first time in a choir of her grade school, without any formal music training. Recalling, Mustehsan told that her teacher had asked her if she had something to show and had said, “I think you sing well”. She further told that she realized she had interest in music after when she had sung for the first time then.

In no time she became a music sensation and is now all set to return Coke Studio for its historic tenth season this August 2017.

The multi-talented artist will be performing two songs in the upcoming season of Pakistan’s leading music platform, with the first one being produced by Strings and will also feature Coke Studio debutant Danyal Zafar.

Indeed this marks Momina’s second consecutive appearance on the platform as a featured artist. Her debut performance at Coke Studio received critical acclaim where she performed a rendition of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Afreen Afreen”, with veteran artist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The song is one of the most viewed music video on YouTube in Pakistan and is considered one of the biggest hits to come out of the platform itself. Momina Mustehsan is also the goodwill ambassador of a cricket team, Islamabad United for the Pakistan Super League.

As a solo artist, Momina is currenty working on various new music projects including Cornetto Pop Rock Season 2 and will be releasing new singles later this 2017.

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Blue Sax Release Their First Single Jana

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Pakistan’s pioneer blues/jazz band Blue Sax has officially released the audio of their first single of 2017, Jana, which can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/the-bluesax-band/jana

Jana is an original song, written and composed by the band itself. Staying true to the genre of blues/jazz, the rich musical arrangements of the song heavily rely on the saxophone which sets a foot-tapping rhythm. The melody is uplifted further with the subtle sounds of guitars and drums, which wonderfully enhance the smooth vocals of Talha Ali Kushava. The lyrics have a tongue-in-cheek humor, weaving the story of a man fantasizing about his wife leaving him but also not wanting her to take his wealth with her.