It’s with immense sadness that we reach the end of Coke Studio season 10. It’s had its highs and lows, its ups and downs, its hits and misses. But it’s given us some amazing, spellbinding music, as well. From tributes to legends like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sahab, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Mehdi Hassan, and Madam Noor Jehan to introducing younger talent like Zaw Ali, Danyal Zafar and Aima Baig.
This season’s finale, however, left us all a little broken, smiling and heavy-hearted
While it was also one of the most highly awaited songs of the season, it was also one that left people in a mess.
Ali Zafar, Ali Hamza, Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia together gave us so much joy and a little heartbreak with their tribute to Junaid Jamshed
The Alis led the song and led us onto what was going to be possibly 6 of the best minutes of our lives.
They got together and sang Us Rah Par which is possibly one of the most beautiful Junaid Jamshed songs to ever have existed
Us Rah Par is a song that a lot of us have had heavy associations with, growing up.
Bilal and Faisal share a very long history with JJ and the band, and it was only befitting that they were paid tribute to the legend, himself
As they mention in the Behind The Scenes of the video: when they were a very young band, they went to watch Vital Signs perform, and Junaid acknowledged them on stage. Moreover, when Strings parted ways, it was JJ who kept forcing them to keep making music, to become whole, again. With Bilal having directed the original video for Us Rah Par, his presence in the song holds all the more meaning to it
The song is meant to be a celebration and commemoration of Junaid Jamshed’s life
And Jaffer Zaidi’s music direction did just that. There wasn’t much done with the tempo of the song, which kept the essence of it all intact.
The way Ali Hamza and Ali Zafar added life to the song, took it to another level altogether
The lyrics of the song speak of rebellion, they speak of love. The slight playfulness in the Alis’ voices added so much to the overall feel of the song.
The song basically did an amazing job at taking everyone on a very bittersweet trip down memory lane
And it was one that nobody regretted getting on
There was life in the vocals, an element of joy, and a whole lot of nostalgia
The way the men took the song and sang it, taking us on a journey back to yesteryears
People also seemed to absolutely love this tribute to Junaid Jamshed
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) September 21, 2017
Some people were just as emotionally shook as we were
— azim ikram zai (@quintocent) September 21, 2017
Others were hooked onto it all over again
— Maha 🇵🇰 ❤ (@MahaRasheed96) September 21, 2017
Some said what’s on all our minds ‘gone too soon…’
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) September 21, 2017
Take a bow, indeed, men
— Azlan Mahmood (@azlanmahmood1) September 21, 2017
Here’s the song for you to listen to and bawl over
Let us know what you thought of this rendition of Us Rah Per in the comments, below.
This piece has been made in partnership with Coke Studio