GUYS. Coke Studio 11 is about to grace our screens real soon. I mean we all knew that. We were even following the absolute brilliance that was Coke Studio Explorer. But they JUST announced the line-up too and OMG, it’s sheer brilliance. I’m high key freaking out while writing this out of excitement.
I mean…JUST LOOK AT THIS.
‘One Nation, One Spirit, One Sound” – celebrating unity in diversity!
Coke Studio proudly presents: a song FOR the people of Pakistan, BY the people of Pakistan!’#HumDekhenge #WeAreOne #CokeStudio11@mzohaibkazi @hamzasays https://t.co/Bo3fJmrLeM
— Coke Studio (@cokestudio) July 22, 2018
Now we know the line-up features some AMAZING talents. Queen Abida Parveen will be returning.
Ali Sethi will be seen again, too.
Ali Azmat will be there.
BUT. This season will also include transgender singers. That means, there’s actually going to be a mainstream representation of the transgender community, on a platform this big.
— MangoBaaz (@mangobaaz) July 22, 2018
Presenting, Naghma and Lucky. SLAY, KWEENS.
As soon as the line-up was announced, people took to social media to express their delight.
Probably the bestest possible artists lineup ever !!
Can’t wait .
— Affan (@affanfilms) July 22, 2018
Finally!!Good to see some new artists and some legends are back😘😍
— Baneen Raza (@Beerazashah) July 22, 2018
People LOVE the message of unity.
— Oh, Lady Mania! (@OhLadyMania) July 22, 2018
BUT, above all else, Pakistanis are over the moon about the fact that the oft-neglected transgender community is being represented.
Just look at how happy people are.
— Ayesha-عائیشہ🇵🇰 (@Ayesha_ZaYain) July 22, 2018
What a great line up (minus a few, ofc)… And it’s so lovely to see trans women being included in coke studio! https://t.co/ZEIRnfdUp0
— Faran Rafi (@faranrafi) July 22, 2018
This is appreciation done right, you know?
The Trans community has been a gateway for our culture since hundreds of years, and it’s great to see @cokestudio providing them the stage so they can showcase their music. #CokeStudio11 pic.twitter.com/hvqSMIpL2n
— M. (@Mahnoorizhere) July 22, 2018
People are thanking the team behind this brilliant season.
Coke Studio Pakistan Season 11 will be featuring a transgender duo!!! 🇵🇰 Meet Naghma and Lucky representing their whole community. I'm sure you'll experience the depth of their lives in their voices! #CokeStudio11 #Pakistan #TransgenderCommunity pic.twitter.com/dmDgkAzYW6
— Komal Shahid (@ArmedWithWords) July 22, 2018
People are overjoyed…
Coke studio will be having Transgender as well as many Pakhtun singers including Khumaryan,Zarsanga,Gul Panrah
Young talent included in #CokeStudio11
— Safi Baba (@Bailtoon) July 22, 2018
The coke studio 11 promo has children, trans women and so many Qawali groups from different parts of Pakistan i’m too happy pic.twitter.com/Ygkzrnj5WT
— manahil (@manahiilll) July 22, 2018
It’s a big moment.
We have neglected Trans for way too long. Coke Studio the first ever platform to feature a song sung by Transgender. #CokeStudio11
— Highlife Shenanigans (@GlitterSmitter5) July 22, 2018
This TRULY is positivity and joy.
— Fatima Hassan (@Fatima_Hassan17) July 22, 2018
Finally, we get to see the white in our flag get a voice on a huge platform.
Zohaib Kazi said that this year’s Coke Studio would represent the white in the flag 🇵🇰 and that has certainly been proved today. Coke Studio’s first transgender performers Naghma and Lucky will prove that music cannot be confined to a specific gender 🙌🏼#CokeStudio11
— Hand of the Queen (@saroshovic) July 22, 2018
Clearly, this line-up of some of the most brilliant talent Pakistan has to offer has taken the internet by storm. What do you think of this? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Cover image via Coke Studio