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    Rohail Hyatt returns to ‘Coke Studio’ after five years
    Ali Raj / Rafay Mahmood
    January 25, 2019


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    NEW YORK / KARACHI: Around 11 years ago, a reclusive and taciturn Rohail Hyatt wanted to revisit his beliefs about sound, spirituality and heritage. He initiated an experimental music project that a cola company was willing to pay for.

    Today, the project has become a monument of artistic and marketing achievement, but is strangely finding it hard to please its sworn admirers. Perhaps this is the dilemma that has finally forced Hyatt’s reentry.

    Multiple sources have confirmed that Hyatt is set to return to Coke Studio as the producer after a gap of five years. Zohaib Kazi and Ali Hamza who produced the show’s 11th season have already stepped down, sources added, as the show’s new format, production team and artist lineup are being decided.

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    Several prominent musicians were being considered for what is perhaps the most coveted job in Pakistani music, with Atif Aslam’s name being taken among those who were in the run.

    Hyatt had parted ways with Coke Studio in early 2014, citing burnout, having conceived the show and helming it for six straight seasons. He continued working with the company until February 2017 as a music consultant, advising it on replicating the show’s massive success in other international markets. In between, he was also developing a new music series for Sprite, Coke’s sister brand, which never saw the light of the day.

    Hyatt’s much-awaited comeback is happening at a time when the show’s 11th season has met with a storm of criticism and unnecessary controversy.

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    As we approach the tail-end of Coca-Cola’s 15-year marketing strategy, a component of which was Coke Studio, it will be interesting to see whether Hyatt reinvents the show, or bows out for good.

    In early 2015, he gave an interview to BBC Urdu wherein he expressed the desire to produce one more season of Coke Studio at some point, which would be his last ever.

    Two months later, he was seen at Harvard, delivering a lecture on what led to the birth of Coke Studio. It was a rare insight into his idiosyncrasies, as he spoke about years of contemplation and self-discovery. He went from quantum mechanics to organic food, Islamic philosophy to music theory in a talk so riveting, wondrous and poetic that it all made sense even if it didn’t.

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    The lecture was a specialist’s nightmare but why dwell on the veracity and scientific accuracy of his ideas? What matters is that Coke Studio was a process, a pure unadulterated creative expression, and the audience knew that well enough. Unfortunately, along the way Hyatt ran out of steam and pressure from the brand was increasing. He fizzled out and the show stopped being just free creative expression.

    A lot has changed since his last season in charge. The show’s digital footprint has expanded exponentially but behind the scenes, budget cuts and incessant interference on part of the brand have been a constant hurdle for producers.

    When Strings took charge, they promised to bring back Coke Studio’s oomph and element of surprise, which in their view had gone missing. “The core essence of the show remains fusion music, but we felt that the music had become a little serious and dark,” Bilal Maqsood had told Newsline in 2016. “So we wanted to restore a bright, happy flavour to the show.”

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    Strings redesigned the sets, added splashes of colour to its palette, sought to increase inclusivity by expanding the roster of performers and music directors. Coke Studio transformed into a celebration, a festival of Pakistani music, which could not have continued forever.

    Out of the 114 songs produced during the Strings era, more than half were covers of age-old hits, the appetite for which waned with time. Some of that certainly has to do with an egregious failure of imagination on their part, but the brand always thought of them as too pliable and thus coerced them into making creative choices that they otherwise did not want to.

    An example that comes to mind is that of the old Faiz and Noor Jehan warhorse, Mujhse Pehli Si Muhabbat from the show’s 10th season. When Strings approached Mekaal Hasan for help in arranging the tribute song, the “brief” was to merge it with the dhamaal Lal Meri Pat, Hasan had revealed to us last year.

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    “Corporate(s) need to sensitively invest because they must keep the creative department away from themselves and let artists flourish,” Faisal Kapadia had told The Express Tribune last year, having left Coke Studio recently. “Wherever there would be creative interference, the industry would see a downfall again.”

    In March 2018, it was announced that Zohaib Kazi and Ali Hamza will take over from Strings as the show’s new producers. Kazi’s previous role at Coke Studio had been administrative but his album Fanoos (2017) gave a glimpse of the avenues that the show could explore under him.

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    Hamza had impressed with his edgy compositions from previous seasons so it was thought that together they would deliver. And they did what they could. Ultimately, they were helpless in front of the mountain of expectations that emerged because Coca-Cola has for years been trying to go somewhere with Coke Studio — some of the show’s followers simply don’t understand where.



    “The experiment called Coke Studio much like Pakistan itself continues to chart an unpredictable course forward,” wrote the novelist Bilal Tanweer in 2012. With a certain degree of generalisation, one can say that the show is an apt metaphor for Pakistan for another reason — those in charge take the flak while someone else calls the shots.

    Hyatt’s return might bring greater control into the hands of the producer, help simplify things, manage expectations and simply remind Coke Studio fans why they fell in love with the show in the first place.
     
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    Jumma Mubarak to you too aman ki aasha freaks
     
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    Good... Coke studio will take its mantel back as a great music resource for Sufi music fusion.

    Coke studio has fallen behind recently since Rohail Hayyat's departure.
     
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    Coke Studio 12: The real story
    By Maheen Sabeeh

    A lot is being said about Coke Studio 12 across interwebs, newspapers and multiple social media platforms - including the fact that Rohail Hyatt is returning to produce season 12 of the music series and Ali Hamza and Zohaib Kazi have been let go. Other reports suggest Rohail Hyatt is in and hiring for the new season has begun.


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    A lot is being said about Coke Studio 12 across interwebs, newspapers and multiple social media platforms - including the fact that Rohail Hyatt is returning to produce season 12 of the music series and Ali Hamza and Zohaib Kazi have been let go. Other reports suggest Rohail Hyatt is in and hiring for the new season has begun.

    But, according to unimpeachable sources who spoke to Instep on the condition of anonymity, Ali Hamza and Zohaib Kazi, who jointly produced season 11, honored their one-year contract and it was a mutual decision to step down between them and Coca Cola and to not renew their contract. It makes sense since both artists have been involved with Coke Studio in one capacity or another for years.

    As for season 12, given the fact that landing the gig to produce Coke Studio is easily the biggest thing in Pakistan’s music scene and lucrative at the same time, a lot of names have emerged such as Atif Aslam, Faakhir, and Sahir Ali Bagga, with the latter being a strong contender, sources told Instep.

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    As for Rohail Hyatt’s probable return - who began Coke Studio and took it out of the country with a new vision in the hybrid season six, at the time of writing this article, an agreement between Coca Cola and Rohail Hyatt had not been reached. Though negotiations between Rohail Hyatt and Coca Cola are certainly in the works, until a legal agreement is reached, nothing is absolute, sources confirmed.

    Rohail Hyatt, who produced season six as his last, should he return will also have to deal with a world that is now driven by social media hits, YouTube numbers, comments and what goes viral. Whoever produces the upcoming season, perhaps Rohail Hyatt (after a five year hiatus), ultimately creative control will matter a great deal.

    Coke Studio was started by Rohail Hyatt who ran it till season six after which Strings took on the role of producers and ran the show for four seasons. In season 11, Ali Hamza and Zohaib Kazi were brought in as producers who – in addition to the brilliant main show – introduced a new, beautiful module called Coke Studio Explorer.
     
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    Is Coke Studio Explorer getting axed?
    By Maheen Sabeeh
    Tue, 08, 19
    After serving as a prequel to Coke Studio 11 last year, Explorer 2019 may or may not be coming back. Instep investigates.


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    It may have been the saving grace of Coke Studio because it took ownership of artists from all around the country, particularly those who remain neglected and come from marginalized communities. Some of them were later paired with some of the biggest mainstream musical names in the country.

    However, according to multiple inside sources, as Rohail Hyatt marks a comeback to Coke Studio after six long years and has since overhauled the house-band (as reported by The Express Tribune) - the prequel to Coke Studio 11 that was Explorer 2018 – could be in jeopardy. Time constraints is one reason, said one anonymous source.

    Or, it could appear after the main show, said another source. After Zohaib Kazi and Ali Hamza, who produced Explorer 2018, the name that tops the list now is Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka Xulfi.
     
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    What to expect from Coke Studio season 12 now that Rohail Hyatt's back

    MALIHA REHMAN

    Among others, the lineup includes Ali Sethi and Abrar-ul-Haq. We also know that Atif Aslam will be playing a major role.

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    With Rohail once again producing the show, fans are hoping that some of CS’ magic, having unfortunately waned over the past few years, will return.

    Coke Studio is just about to enter into its 12th season and there is a great deal of hype surrounding the upcoming show.

    In fact, the show is arguably being anticipated more than ever before – and it isn’t because CS is a longstanding musical heavyweight in Pakistan.

    Obviously, the single most potent factor that will have aficionados tune in to that familiar red and black studio this year is Rohail Hyatt, the man who masterminded the show 12 years ago and gave it its best years, returning to the helm once again.



    With Rohail once again producing the show, fans are hoping that some of CS’ magic, having unfortunately waned over the past few years, will return. But will it?

    New musicians and veteran artists
    Since its inception when it brought in magical fusions of Western and Eastern music and became all the rage, it has been CS’ blessing and burden that the country at large has considered it as its own.

    When it has spun out a hit, audiences have been exuberant and the song has broken YouTube records and become a favorite on local radio stations.

    A case in point is 'Tajdar-e-Haram', that phenomenal melody spun together by Shiraz Uppal and Atif Aslam, which topped the charts and remains one of Atif’s most popular performances.

    And when CS has plummeted to the depths of a flop, social media vitriol has let loose with memes popping up, battles being waged on Twitter and everyone, from the singer to the producer to the show itself, being attacked. For instance, last year’s 'Ko Ko Korina' and the many controversies, commentaries and all-out masala that it instigated.

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    Ahad launched his singer self with a cover of '60s track 'Ko Ko Korina' along with Momina Mustehsan


    Will the talented Mr Hyatt manage to reign in CS’ tempestuous audience and appease them with a spectacular 12th season? We don’t know. In fact, we don’t know much about the upcoming season except that it is scheduled to begin in early October.

    Hitherto, CS used to take off on the 14th of August with a patriotic medley sung by the artistes that were going to be featured in the season.

    But with Independence Day having passed us by, it can safely be assumed that there won’t be a patriotic beginning to the show.

    We have also been digging about and despite Rohail being characteristically reticent, we do know that new artistes will be spotlighted in the 12th season. Some major veterans have also been incorporated into the artiste lineup.

    Among others, the lineup includes Ali Sethi and Abrar-ul-Haq. There are rumors that Sahir Ali Bagga, Aima Baig and Zeb Bangash are also likely to be performing.



    “We can also confirm that Atif Aslam will be playing a major part in the show,” our source at CS confirmed, thereby revealing yet another one of the show’s trump cards. Atif’s popularity is undeniable and his repertoire includes a long list of CS hits. Is the singer working on something similar to ‘Tajdar-e-Haram’ this time around?

    We asked Atif. “Yes, I am an integral part of the show,” the singer confirms, “and there are a number of compositions that I have worked on. There will be a collaboration and the genres vary from zikr to khayal gayeki to a more hip melody.”

    Were the songs selected for him by Rohail? “I actually came up with a selection of songs and then, the CS organisers tried to arrange copyrights for them. I then worked with the entire team, including Rohail, on the songs for which we managed to get the rights.

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    The singer will be an integral part of the new season


    “Rohail is planning to present a mix of old artistes and new,” reveals our very reliable source at CS. “We can’t really confirm how the season will start off because things are still being planned. Also, even the songs for later episodes are decided over time. The first episode acts as a tester which allows us to gauge the vibe that people are responding to. The later episodes are then planned accordingly.”

    Will the band be different? Yes and it is likely to take us back into memory lane. Word has it that a lot of the band members from Rohail’s time will be back on stage. Many from the last season will no longer be there.

    Will the red and black studio have a new look? It always do.

    What else? What will the introductory first song be? What are some of the major artist collaborations? Has more focus been placed on a particular musical genre? CS’ head honchos are sadly not letting out much information yet.

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    Hyatt pictured with drummer, Gumby from one of the earlier seasons


    But here’s a question that we’re finding far more intriguing: will Rohail Hyatt manage to save the show from censure this time around?

    There are always bounds to be hits as well as misses. Will Rohail’s heavy duty fan following make fans more lenient or will they lash out more viciously should the show not meet their high expectations? Will people like the show or comment that even with Rohail on board there is nothing new to it?

    The pressure’s on.
     
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    'Coke Studio 12' line-up revealed
    By Rafay Mahmood
    September 19, 2019


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    KARACHI: ‘He is not a wizard but he is trying his best to put up a good show’. Rohail Hyatt’s close circle is slowly warming up to the expectations people have from the maestro’s comeback season. Discussion on various social media forums reflects nothing short of anticipation of a Messiah who will help people atone for their sins; a biblical prophecy that is about to manifest itself in the form of a fizzy miracle.

    Ironically, it was ‘Rohail’s sound’ that fans had grown tired of from Season 5 onward, despite aficionados finding 6 to be the most mature and nuanced seasons of the show’s history.

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    “Season 5 songs sound like one long song”, a budding musician had said back in 2012. They need to follow Coke Studio @MTV’s approach and give chance to new producers was another notion that echoed for a long time before Strings opened the floor to more voices.

    Their formula clicked with the masses, and the likes of Shuja Haider, Shani Arshad, and Jaffar Zaidi managed to hold the pulse for a while before the audience, and to some extent, the producers (Strings) got exhausted, and bode each other farewell.

    Ali Hamza and Zohaib Kazi came with a bang and left with a whimper.

    By now the ‘bring back Rohail Hyatt’ bandwagon had kicked off under the comments section. While some hardcore fans genuinely felt the messiah could take his people back to the promised land, others just wanted change; another reason to love hating what they hated, more than loving what they loved. Once again, memory eclipsed music to shape taste.

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    Safe to say Rohail Hyatt has the shock factor to play around with. Whatever he releases will seem fresh even if it is more of the same stuff he did back in 2013.
    Yet, we cannot overlook the fact that a lot has changed in five years.

    Momina Mustehsan is now Pakistan’s most googled person, Asim Azhar is touring bigger and better than Junoon used to in their heydays and Asrar has turned out to be the most successful and prolific musician of contemporary Pakistani music scene. Shamoon Ismail is no less consistent either but his music doesn’t even hold half the impact or the audience, as Asrar’s songs.

    Instead of playing any of these cards in his comeback season, Rohail has decided to play it safe. He has stuck to his signature combination of effortless singers and unheard-of folk musicians.

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    Artists Line – up

    1) Sanam Marvi

    2) Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad

    3) Umair Jaswal

    4) Shahab Hussain

    5) Barkat Fakeer and company

    6) Atif Aslam

    7) Hadiqa Kayani

    8) Shamali Afghan

    9) Aima Baig

    10) Har Sakhiyan

    11) Chakar Baloch

    12) Zoe Viccaji

    13) Ali Sethi

    14) Shuja Haider

    15) Rachel Viccaji

    16) Nimra Rafique

    17) Quratulain Baloch

    18) Abrarul Haq

    19) Omran Shafique

    20) Taj Mohammad Buledi

    21) Sadiq Sameer

    House Band

    Guitars: Sarmad Ghafoor

    Guitars: Zain Ali

    Keys: Varqa Faraid

    Bass: Kamran Mannu Zafar

    Violin: Uncle Jay

    Drums: Kami Paul

    World percussions: Abdul Aziz, Veeru Shaan and Hassaan Moheyeddin (Moyo)

    Eastern percussions: Babar Khanna

    Multiple instruments: Tanveer Tafu and Aamir Azhar

    Backing vocalists: Shahab Hussain, Nimra Rafique, Rachel Viccaji and Meher Qadir

    There are other guest musicians as well who will feature in different songs. Coke Studio 12 is expected to kick off early in October.

    Kangna – Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad
     
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    Coke Studio season 12 Line up with the comeback of the founder of Coke Studio Rohail Hayat .

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    Coke Studio reveals new season's artist line-up


    Will season 12 bring back the glorious days of Coke Studio?

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    Will season 12 bring back the glorious days of Coke Studio?

    How we've missed the good ol' Coke Studio days and it looks like they're back.

    The promo for the show's 12th season shows some of the CS roster speaking about what music means to them and why it is so important.



    The score of the video already gives a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming season and yes, we're already getting the nostalgic vibes of the early CS days.

    The CS roster for season 12 includes Abrar-ul-Haq, Aima Baig, Ali Sethi, Atif Aslam, Banur’s Band, Barkat Jamal Fakir Troupe, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad with Humnawa, Fariha Pervez, Hadiqa Kiani, Harsakhiyan, Kashif Din, Nimra Rafiq, Quratulain Baloch, Rachel Viccaji, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sahir Ali Bagga, Sanam Marvi, Shahab Hussain, Shamali Afghan, Shuja Haider, Umair Jaswal, Zeb Bangash and Zoe Viccaji.

    This season, there will also be a number of guest musicians dropping by to show off their musical abilities such as Sajid Ali on Flute, Omran Shafique on Guitar, Syed Saif Abbas on Bass Guitar, Sadiq Sameer on Rubab, Shahzad Ali on Harmonium, Fazal Abbas on Tabla, Shakoor Faqeer on Khamach, and Noor Baksh on Banjo as guest musicians.

    Coke Studio Season 12's episode will release October 11.