Updated Apr 17, 2017 10:00am

Humaira Arshad will make her Coke Studio debut in Season 10

Popular singer Humaira Arshad is gearing up for the launch of her audio-video album comprising both Urdu and Punjabi songs, she told Dawn in a recent interview.

Arshad’s expertise in singing is wide-ranged -- from pop to folk and from classical to ghazal.

“I am working like a busy bee on my fourth album which will be unveiled through private channels in the next couple of months.”

The songs have been penned by various poets and the music composed by Saji and Kamran. The album would include videos of all the eight songs on it.

To a question if she planned to record a song for Coke Studio, Arshad said that she would be singing for the platform for the first time, which would be a cover of one of Runa Laila’s most popular songs.

“I can’t however reveal the song that I am going to sing but I can share that it will be a classical number,” she added.

“We don’t have opportunities except Coke Studio. There are no music releasing companies and under such circumstances I think Coke Studio is doing a great job of reviving old songs by improvising and innovating on the music.”

To another question if Coke Studio was doing a great job of reinventing classic songs, Humaira Arshad criticised the current music scene, saying that there was no other option these days except Coke Studio.

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“We don’t have opportunities except this very platform. There are no music releasing companies as well and under such circumstances I think Coke Studio is doing a great job of reviving old songs by improvising and innovating on the music,” the singer advocated.

When asked about the recently launched Alhamra Unplugged recording studio, Arshad said she was unaware of it, adding that Alhamra had not contacted her in this regard.

Originally published in Dawn, April 17th, 2017


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Qutub Uddin Apr 17, 2017 10:57am


SHERDAD Apr 17, 2017 12:00pm

COKE STUDIO HAS LOST ITS GLORY..!!! Rohail Hyatt was the Secret Ingredient; reinvented the classics; he surely had the magic formula ...NOW its more like Indian version of POP & ROCK.

adeel Apr 17, 2017 09:13pm

@SHERDAD you are right brother. I didn't understand one thing in the last season though, why would be so many producers in one season. Music is not about glamour its about the feeling, which they are lacking in it. I hope Rohail Hyatt would come back revive the simplicity in the coke studio.

Alba Apr 18, 2017 05:12am

She does remind a person of Hollywood's Raquel Welsh in the 1970s.

Meena Begum Apr 18, 2017 06:02am

@SHERDAD you are wrong brother. I didn't understand one thing, what Music opportunities did we have before Coke Studio ? Coke Studio has provided great music in all genres, Do you realize the logistics and the talent out there has exposed the old music of all cultures and there are always going to be critics, but compared to before what Music show did we have and you cannot and will not please all the people. So stay satisfied that we are getting to enjoy this wonderful showcase so much so that the world is recognizing the great music of Pakistan.