Recently out of Pakistan for a family vacation, Hadiqa Kiani is all set to re-appear on Coke Studio 12. But as for her mixtape, there are certain artists who always have space on it. “I consider them learning institutions,” said the Wajd singer before giving us her list. It consists of classical, ghazal, Sufi and folk artist(s). Among them Hadiqa Kiani listed Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Farida Khanum, Begum Akhtar, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Surindar Kaur. “They’re all close to my heart,” Hadiqa added.
Umer ‘Duck’ Khan
Singer-songwriter of Poor Rich Boy; Duck
Umer Khan, singer-songwriter of Poor Rich Boy (PRB) as well as an indie artist who plays music under the alias of Duck, Umer admits that he listens to music when driving and doesn’t get the time anymore. His playlist is a mix that everyone should hear, at least once. The songs include ‘Green is the Colour’ by Pink Floyd, ‘River man’ by Nick Drake, ‘Phantom Other’ by Department of Eagles, ‘Taro’ by Alt J, ‘Uss Rah Par’ by Junaid Jamshed, ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ by The Beatles, ‘It’s alright, Ma (I’m only bleeding)’ by Bob Dylan, ‘Walking on the Moon’ by The Police and ‘Busy earnin’’ by Jungle.
Raania A.K. Durrani
Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Salt Arts
Salt Arts co-founder along with Junaid Iqbal and Artistic Director, Raania seems to have the moody playlist; a mixture of the new and the old. She tells Instep it’s always a bit of both. At present, Raania A.K. Durrani’s playlist consists of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (album), Supernatural by Santana (album), Shamoon Ismail’s singles such as ‘Magic’, ‘Karachi’ and so on. It also features ‘Slow’ by Gentle Robot and ‘Tasveer’ by Mooroo.
Raania further noted, “I’ve also been enjoying listening to and watching live concert recordings of Cesaria Evora.”
She added: “Listening to it because: it is resonating with me right now, the songwriting, the breath in the music, familiar space and pace.”
Kaavish, Coke Studio keyboardist; music director
Jaffer Zaidi, who along with Maaz Maudood, has one album called Gunkali has five names that are currently on his playlist. They include ‘For You My Love (O Bandeya)’ by A.R Rahman, ‘Kadi Aa Ve Mahi Gal Lag Ve’ by Tufail Niazi Sahab, ‘Sober’ by Taps Mugadza, ‘Homesick’ by Dua Lipa Ft. Chris Martin and ‘Nobody Compares To You’ by Gryffin Ft. Katie Pearlman.