Wohi Khuda Hai by Atif Aslam
“India is listen to” is a look at what music is very popular in the country at the moment and if it is worth spending time.
Coke Studio is best known for its elaborate arrangements of music by performing artists. The long-running show is currently in its twelfth season and has already produced some amazing music. Atif Aslam’s “Wohi Khuda Hai” is a surprisingly beautiful version of the original by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
This version of the song abandons the more electronic and programmed sound of the original in favor of another with more acoustic elements. The centerpiece of the whole song, however, is Atif Aslam’s vocals. He delivers an extremely moving performance with a rising voice and many delicate touches as well. While the interpretation of Islam will draw comparisons to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the two versions are different enough that they cannot really be compared fairly.
The way the song has been arranged supports the voice of Islam and sustains it with great effect. The instruments never really try to draw attention to themselves, but rather work in unison to create the atmosphere necessary to deliver this song in all its glory. Perhaps the song’s most memorable moment comes to an end when all the instruments except a bass note played on a synthesizer are the one thing that sustains the voice of Islam. This nude section of the song shows how thoughtful its performance was.
All in all, “Wohi Khuda Hai” is a hauntingly beautiful redesign that stays with you long after you’ve stopped playing.
Who will love it: Fans of Atif Aslam and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Good: The voice of Atif Aslam, the instrumentation.
The bad: The length of the song may put off some listeners.
The verdict: This song is worth listening to, preferably with some free time.