Coke Studio Season 12 has been off to a tremendous start with ‘Wohi Khuda Hai’. Its second episode will feature Billo by Abrar Ul Haq, Saiyaan by Shuja Haider and Rachel Viccaji, and Roshe by Zeb Bangash. The episode is all set to release on 25th October.
Abrar Ul Haq is coming to Coke Studio to re-create an all-time famous Billo – a mix of rap and bhangra. We are all hoping that this rendition of the iconic Billo is as entertaining as the original.
Released in 1995, Billo took the country by storm with its quirky lyrics that talk about a young man’s infatuation with Billo; a girl who is famed for her beauty. Billo was the start of Abrar’s glorious singing career.
The second episode will also feature Shuja Haider and Rachel Viccaji in Saiyaan, a Punjabi ballad calling back to the glorious Lollywood of the ’60s and ’70s. This Punjabi song narrates the story of a jilted lover who implores their beloved with a passionate plea, coaxing them to return.
The sadness of the lyrics is contrasted with a musical arrangement that is almost playful, illustrating the tension between the two characters in the song. Saiyyan in Shuja Haider’s voice is something we are all excited for - a walk down memory lane!
Zeb Bangash returns to Coke Studio this season with a Kashmiri ode to loss: Roshe. Zeb had been wanting to perform this one ever since she came across a video of Ali Saifuddin’s version of it on YouTube.
For Zeb, this was the fortunate outcome of an exploration into Kashmiri music that had been sparked when she met a group of Kashmiri students in Delhi, who requested that she perform a song in their native tongue. It will now be presented in Coke Studio Season 12 for y'all to enjoy!