Why Nabeel Ali’s ‘Bewajah’ is Coke Studio’s best production so far

Published: September 2, 2015

The song can be seen as an sincere product, with simplicity in a meaningful manner.

Coke Studio is by far one of the best creations of the Pakistani music industry till date. Although the show is on its eighth season, each episode still manages to bring a whole new flavour for the masses to enjoy.

It’s too early to state the best song of the season, but so far I can certainly say that Bewajah has captivated me in undefined ways.

Babar Shakeel Hashmi has penned down the most heartfelt lyrics, and each verse holds its own impact.

 “Baat e dil na badha bewajah

(Heart, don’t prolong the matter without any reason)

This one line somehow manages to hit you like an arrow.

Furthermore, the brilliant Sajid Ali soulfully played in harmony with the Sur Kshetra winner Nabeel Shaukat Ali. This can truly be the turning point for Nabeel, as his tremendous talent can be witnessed on the Coke Studio platform, specifically in this song.

In my opinion, Nabeel Ali’s composition and voice quality are the backbone of the song; his extraordinary vocals literally gave me goose bumps. Haider Ali’s guitar riff on the keyboard compliments the composition extremely well, it reminds me of the Strings’ tribute song Tittliyan.

The song can be categorised as depressing by some, but depressing or not, I believe it holds crisp clarity overall. There is no confusion in the song, nor is it all over the place. It can be seen as a sincere product, with simplicity in a meaningful manner.

Let’s see what more Coke Studio has to offer!

Imane Babar Wahedi

Imane Babar Wahedi

The author is a Social Sciences graduate, her interests include writing, poetry, learning about different cultures and social issues. She tweets as @Imane_B_W (twitter.com/Imane_B_W)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Abid

    Not impressive…at least for me….nothing special…Recommend

  • Rehman

    I somehow agree, but there is another great addition by Atif Aslam and Gul janrra,
    I think you have not listen to them yet.

    Be wajah is a good song but it is almost one year older and there is no Coke Studio effect in this song by Nabeel,.means the song sung as it was.

    And thanks Imane for writing such a concise piece of writing. some writers just take few things so long that they become boring.Recommend

  • Queen

    I don’t agree. Coke Studio Pakistan’s best production this season is Ali Zafar’s Rockstar. I am not a fan of Ali Zafar but the song’s lyrics are ‘hat ke’ from the usual sufi- style music we are used to listen to on Coke Studio. Plus Ali Zafar’s energy has made the song stand out from others aired so far.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali

    Thats okay song.

    Best one is “Man Aamadeh Am” OMG Atif is AMAZZZZZZZZZING !!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • sani

    beautiful song, at-least best for meRecommend

  • Vvaqar AnVvar

    rockstar is shit in comparison to thisRecommend

  • Queen

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.Recommend

  • Samreen

    Imran akhoond did great melodious acoustic soloRecommend

  • Samreen

    Imran akhoond did very good job we love the guitar solo melodiousRecommend

  • Alyzeh Zaki

    Agreed!! Recommend

  • HassaanM

    For me, the Top 3 songs of this season, so far.

    1. Tajdar-e-Haram
    2. Umran Langian
    3. Sammi Meri WaarRecommend

  • Rooha Sultan

    Definitly the best production !
    I totally agree beautiful compositionRecommend

  • Zohaib

    Umran langian is, if not better, equally good. This is take-off for nabeel and ali sethi.Recommend

  • Faheem Nasir

    Come on bouyyy! “Bewajah” is also good.Recommend

  • Haseeb Jawed

    Sorry… But the most ordinary song for me so far is this one. Nothing special at all. Very bollywoodish actually.Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    Umran lagiyaan, Bewajah and tajdar-e-haram make the podium so far. NSA is a great find. Keep up, CS7 was a Vista moment for Strings, CS8 is refined, calculated awesome stuff.Recommend

  • Khadija raza

    Oh I agreeRecommend

  • Ahmed

    Hadn’t heard this song before. Beautiful song. Thanks for sharing.Recommend

  • zobia

    But you have to admit, this piece and the song as well, actually makes you want to go down memory lane..Recommend

  • zobia

    Love the piece and completely appreciate how the writer seems to have given it her own personal touch…this article atleast makes me want to read others by the writer, especially for her insightful writing.Recommend

  • Javed Iqbal Kaiser

    coke studio without Rohail Hayat is like cricket without fast bowlersRecommend

  • Javed Iqbal Kaiser

    I guess the charming blogger only tries to gain some applaud for some reasons. the best ever Coke Studio was very 1st and last one by Rohail Hayat.Recommend