Coke Studio is all set to release the first episode of Season 12 featuring Dam Mastam by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ram Pam by Zoe Viccaji and Shahab Hussain, and Maahi Diyaan Jhokaan by Barkat Jamal Fakir Troupe. This episode of Coke Studio Season 12 will air on 18th October 2019.
Adding to Season 12’s canvas of hues and elements is Dam Mastam, a song that celebrates Shahbaz Qalandar’s love for Maula Ali. An expression of love and devotion, the song uses the metaphor of being mast, a state of forgetting one’s self in the love of the Divine and His representatives on this Earth. The piece is composed in raag Bhimpalasi, a passionate and tender raag that accentuates the expression of adoration in its poetry. For Javed Ali Khan, who penned the lyrics for the piece in Punjabi and Persian, this is an outpouring of divine inspiration that can only be achieved through complete, unwavering faith. The song expresses a loving dedication to Maula Ali, proclaiming him to be the Lion of God and the King of the Brave. Dam Mastam brings qawwali to the present day, something Khan Sahab considers the core of his message – the artform must continue to live on, to bring peace, love and ultimately Divine Truth to the world today.
A piece of Sufi transcendence, Maahi Diyaan Jhokaan explores the love one feels for its Source. The Seraiki poetry sings of the home one’s Beloved creates in the depths of one’s heart, something that propels the pursuit to meet one’s Love. The speaker constantly yearns for their Beloved and, in doing so, is prepared to bear the scorn of the world around them. For this Union is no ordinary one, this is a journey to the Divine, a journey that requires one to look inwards and sacrifice all the temptations of this world. This message is wrapped in the metaphor of Heer’s unyielding love for Ranjha, a love that was sowed at first sight of her beloved. Told by the Punjabi poet Waris Shah, the saga of Heer and Ranjha describes the tragic separation of the two lovers, their failed attempt to find union in this life, a quest that ultimately leads to their demise. A song of relentless pursuit, Maahi Diyaan Jhokaan is brought to life by the resonant vocals of Barkat Jamal, Hussain Bux Fakir, and Sonu Fakir, creating a chorus of earthy vibrancy.
Zoe Viccaji returns to her Coke Studio family this season in Ram Pam, a light-hearted take on love written by
Sahir Ali Bagga, in Urdu and Punjabi, that tells the story of a love-struck girl confiding to a wise Baba
about the state of her enraptured heart. Joining Zoe on stage is Coke Studio’s very own backing vocalist
Shahab Hussain, who lends his voice to the eccentric Baba Bhatti in his first ever performance as a featured
artist on the mainstage. As our protagonist confesses her feelings to Baba Jee, he in turn promises to support
her in this budding romance and so follows the playful conversation between the characters. For both Shahab and Zoe,this performance displays their ability to cross genres, singing melodies that weave between eastern and pop music accents, all the while maintaining a chemistry that shows the unique, quirky relationship between their characters.Ram Pam invites audiences to experience a fun, easy going soundscape, which reminds one that perhaps love can be fun and, much like the protagonist of the song needs a friendly ear, at the end of the day, we all need our friends in times of angst, excitement and silliness.