Pakistani pop rock band Strings says goodbye to Coke Studio

Their successors are yet to be announced, but fans of both Coke Studio and Strings are anxious to see what lies ahead. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)
Updated 01 November 2017
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Pakistani pop rock band Strings says goodbye to Coke Studio

ISLAMABAD: After a successful four seasons, Pakistani pop rock band Strings and Coke Studio have parted ways.
Coke Studio has produced original content, created memorable collaborations and set the stage for some of the most iconic and well-recognized performances in the country — many of which fell under the reign of the iconic band, Strings.

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Strings, comprised of Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood, announced on their Facebook page: “Coke Studio Season 10 will be the last season produced by Strings. It has been a fantastic journey for us over the course of 4 seasons and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and share our work with all of you. 2018 will mark 30 years of Strings and we are super excited to celebrate with all of you so stay tuned for more updates as we embark on yet another exciting chapter in our musical journey!”

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The pair stepped in as producers and were a much needed breath of fresh air. The two brought with them a new dynamic which shook up the existing format of the previous six seasons led by famous music composer Rohail Hayat. Though their tenure was not without a touch of controversy, with fans and musicians alike finding the Coke Studio doors increasingly hard to walk through and with more than a few charges of nepotism, the duo did not hold back in pushing the boundaries of musical genres and blurring the lines of folk music with contemporary artists.
They produced music that has stood the test of time, brought performers of different genres onto the same mics and led a revival of Pakistani music which had lost its footing for a number of years. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, a hit power ballad maker in Bollywood, was paired with Momina Mustehsen for a reimagining of his uncle, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s iconic song “Afreen.” The video now has 98 million views on YouTube and counting. Atif Aslam’s cover of the Sabri Brother’s classic qawwali “Tajdare-e-Haram,” performed with a contemporary spin has amassed more than 99 million views. Other massive hits include “O Re” by Noori, “Nadiya” performed by Jimmy Khan and Rahma Ali and “Samne Mere Waar,” another colorful duet by Quratalain Balouch and Umair Jaswal.
Their successors are yet to be announced, but fans of both Coke Studio and Strings are anxious to see what lies ahead.


Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

Updated 22 March 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

  • Shatllah’s prices are reasonable, while the assistants are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful

Do you need to add a little life and color to your surroundings? Houseplants are often said to be a source of positivity, and Shatllah has taken this concept to the next level.

Forget the idea of a lonely looking plant in a boring beige pot; this shop adds beautifully designed containers and creative touches that turn them into delightful decorations that are almost works of art. One in particular that caught my eye was designed to look like a tiny garden, complete with a miniature table and chair.

Shatllah’s creations make for perfect gifts, which is how I discovered the shop, in Jeddah’s Al-Zahra’a district, while looking for a present for a friend who loves houseplants. I was so impressed with its wares that I ended up buying some for myself as well. After all, who would not rather have a living plant decorating their home rather than artificial flowers or other fake items?

Shatllah’s prices are reasonable, while the assistants are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They are more than happy to offer advice on picking the perfect plant and how to take care of it when you get it home.