KARACHI: We all have been so busy trying to keep up with Pepsi Battle of the Bands and Coke Studio that we probably forgot all about the humble but fresh music show, Strepsils Studio that first made an appearance last year. Headed by one half of the band Noori, Ali Noor brought together several well known names to sing a capella versions of some famous songs, such as Khayal Rakhna in the show’s first season.
It seems as though the show has launched its second season at a highly competitive time, with all the other branded music shows stealing everyone’s thunder, but the show is back and this time we’re enjoying the music a lot more than we did last time. While a capella is still a novelty in Pakistan, it wasn’t as memorable as one would have hoped last season.
The second season opens with ‘Mera Pakistan‘, an original song (not a cover) about unity and togetherness in the face of oppression and challenges. While the song has been written and composed well, it’s also the way it’s brought so many people together that’s worth appreciating.
Other than Ali Noor himself, the song also features artists Sara Haider, who we haven’t seen in a really long time, Ayesha Omar, Shiraz Uppal, Kami Paul, Rabi Pirzada, Kumail Jaffery and nearly a hundred ordinary Pakistanis.