‘Coke Studio’ releases the 11th song from Season 14 ‘Thagyan’
Thagyan, a new single from Coke Studio, features Zain Zohaib and Quratulain Balouch. With a wonderful vocal melody and catchy lyrics, the song is as funky as they come. It looks to be a throwback to Coke Studio, but with a twist.
Composition of the track:
According to the press release, Associate Music Producer Action Zain’s immediate response after hearing the Thagyan demo was to strip the qawwali down to its bare essentials. The song asked for the inclusion of humnawas, tablas, and dholaks sometime along the way. “Using history and familiarity as a launchpad to explore the unfamiliar feel extremely grounded,” Action Zain remarked.
While the song still seems like it’s lacking certain traditional parts, it has a lovely harmonies collision. With a surging synthesizer, a horn section, and hello from a location far outside the genre, Thagyan appears to be bringing back the sound of Coke Studio’s prior seasons. Neon lights cut through incense fumes and shadows, giving a neo-noir feel to the video. And then there’s the message.
Thagyan is a protest song that expresses dissatisfaction with the fickle nature of love. Xulfi, this year’s CS producer and curator, admitted that Coke Studio’s qawwalis are among its most valued belongings, but he desired a more young take on the genre.
As a result, it took Zain Zohaib a month to write Thagyan’s lyrics and construct a tune that would satisfy everyone’s needs while also adding a breath of fresh air to the canon. The qawwals begin with a vehement rebuke to someone who absorbs their thoughts. Quratulain Balouch responds by casting a spell, expressing her own dissatisfaction with the transitory nature of trust. These young performers have a fantastic command of their art. Thagyan comes to life thanks to Zain Zohaib and QB’s sandpapery vocals.
Thagyan, who is suspended midway between heaven and earth, claims that there is joy in this dimension’s tragedies. The song is a perfect match for Coke Studio. The cast isn’t attempting to reinvent the genre; instead, they’re having fun with it. In the courtyard, there is definitely a gathering. The performance is slinky and joyful thanks to director Kamal Khan and production designer Hashim Ali who brought the funk to the air, a magenta wash of light, and flowers growing underfoot.
Everyone complains about being whipped in love, but Thagyan reminds us that it’s the only way to keep things fresh.