The comment section of Coke Studio is the most harmonious place on earth. You will come across fans from all over the world praising the art and the artists. Despite so much political tension between India and Pakistan, Coke Studio gets abundant love from Indian music lovers. To be honest, we can’t help it. Music is an art that defies any boundaries.
India and Pakistan have a long shared history that comes across through the melodies of Coke Studio. The program experiments with rock, jazz, Hindustani classical, qawwali, ghazal and tribal folk. The effect of these songs is mystical.
There are so many hidden gems in Coke Studio. Here are 5 coke studio Sufi songs for you. Choosing only 5 out of 12 seasons was challenging but here you go:
Paar Chanaa De |Shilpa Rao & Noori | Coke Studio Season 9
The music direction of this soulful song is given by Noori while it’s produced by Strings. The song is folklore narrating the story of Sohni and Mahiwal. This song is an oral tradition passed on to the Noori brothers which is considered a family treasure for long.
The song has a soulful indie-rock feel. The chords have an earthy vibe that transcends in waves laden with distinct melody and instrumentation.
Do not miss the impeccable groove of Noor Zehra on the ‘Sagar Veena’. You cannot listen to it only once, you will go back again and again.
Chaap Tilak | Abida Parveen & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan | Coke Studio Season 7
Written by Amir Khusro, a 14th-century Sufi mystic, Chaap Tilak is a popular melody in the South Asian continent. The song revolves around the theme of the absolute power of the divine’s mere glance.
With the melodious voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen’s deep vocals, this song will transcend you to another zone. It is an extremely soothing and one of the best coke studio songs. The lyric is an ode from Amir Khusro to his spiritual mentor Nizamuddin Auliya.
Piya Ghar Aaya | Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal & Brothers | Coke Studio Season 11
Fareed Ayaz explains the divine notion of this Sufi ‘kalaam’ in this song. The lyrics are by 17th-century Sufi from Punjab, Baba Bulleh Shah.
You must have heard these lyrics many times in Bollywood songs as well. But this wildly popular classic will give you a totally different experience here. The vocals of Abu Muhammad Qawwal and brothers are extremely powerful. Go on a soul-search journey with this song.
Nadiya | Jimmy Khan & Rahma Ali | Coke Studio Season 7
This song has a folklore vibe to it. Jimmy Khan’s voice is a solace to broken hearts while Rahma Ali’s vocals are simply cherry on top. It’s a simply feel-good song. Nothing meaningful or deep. Just a song that you would want to play during an evening-long drive.
You will enjoy this as much as the artists are enjoying it while performing. You will have several favorite moments in this song, it’s that beautiful.
Shikwa/Jawab-e-Shikwa | Natasha Baig, Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwal | Coke Studio Season 11
The primary lyrics of the song are written by Allama Iqbal in 1908 in which he complains to God over the crisis in the Muslim community. Later on, Iqbal wrote another poem which is essentially a reply from God.
The hard-hitting emotions of these poems come to life as Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal are joined by Natasha Baig in this intense melody. This is a one-of-a-kind soundtrack that explores the genre of rock and the signature sound of qawwali. Pay attention to the lyrics to get the essence of this coke studio Sufi song.
Sufi songs are a staple of coke studio. Stay tuned for part 2 for more of our favorite coke studio songs. Till then, don’t forget to share your thoughts on these soulful melodies.