Music platform Coke Studio returns this year with the new season starting from May 13, bringing back a musical fusion of exciting elements and diverse influences, ranging from traditional Eastern, modern Western and regionally inspired music. Coke Studio, Season 5, aims to introduce new genres and fusion where featured artists would explore their heritage besides showcasing their unique styles.
Since its inception, Coke Studio has explored layers of meaning, cultural identity and spiritual philosophies that lie behind each artistic expression. This season, maintaining the same approach of subtlety, Coke Studio will enable the audiences to witness a journey into the heart of our identity as a nation and allow cultivation of a sense of pride.
Further, this season of Coke Studio will be exploring unique aspects of our culture by highlighting regional language songs and artists, introducing some gifted yet virtually unknown young singers who have arrived on this platform through their talents, passion and creativity. Season 5 will also showcase the creative and intellectual rediscovery of featured artists who will return to Coke Studio for the second time, while the young artists will discover their heritage by incorporating parts of Sufi poetry and philosophy in their music and writings.
To this end, Season 5 witnesses Rohail Hyatt back at the helm and features Atif Aslam, Bilal Khan, Bohemia, Chakwalis, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad, Hadiqa Kiyani, Humayun Khan, Meesha Shafi, Tahir Mithu, Overload, Qayaas, SYMT and Uzair Jaswal.
Season 5 also marks the return of the house band with Asad Ahmed on guitar, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Javed Iqbal on violin, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Omran ‘Momo’ Shafique on guitar, Sikander Mufti on multi-percussions and Rachel Viccaji and Zoe Viccaji on backing vocals. Joining the house band this season are two new talents: Farhad Humayun on drums and Mubashir Admani on keyboards.