Music fans in Pakistan were highly disappointed with Coke Studio’s cover version of Junoon’s popular song Sayonee.
They took to micro-blogging website Twitter to post their negative criticism regarding the Sufi song originally sung by Junoon.
Ali Azmat Himself!
Ali Azmat: After listening to Coke Studio’s version of Sayonee.
To this day, it is considered one of the best Sufi rock songs ever recorded. The song is one of the most well-known and popular track by Junoon, also listeners and critics have continued to praise “Sayonee” as one of the greatest rock songs of all time in Pakistani music industry.
The unexpected success of “Sayonee” in 1997 propelled Azadi at the local and international music charts, within three months of the release of Azadi, the album had sold over half a million copies and hit platinum sales status in a record of four weeks. The music video of the single, “Sayonee”, was shot by Asim Reza which became an instant hit in South Asia and the Middle East, shooting to the top of all the Asian charts, and staying at #1 on both Channel V and MTV Asia for over two months. The single was a hit in South Asia, topping all music charts in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. The success of the single led the album being the band’s highest selling album in South Asia and Junoon received a platinum certification for hitting platinum sales for their album. Also, the single was nominated for the ‘Best International Song’ at the Channel V Music Awards in 1998. Junoon won the ‘Best International Group’ title at the Channel V Music Awards.
This year Sayonee marks the debut of Salman Ahmad as a music director and featured artist on Coke Studio season 10. Having so much attachment to this song, listeners had high of expectations with the Coke Studio season versions.
But with great power comes great responsibilities and the viewers are bashing Salman Ahmed, the originator of the song, for not doing justice to his song.
Coke Studio’s cover, performed by Ali Noor and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, was perhaps the most awaited song of this year’s edition.
Fans are hoping a public apology from idea creator of this song. What are your thoughts after listening to ‘Sayyonee’, do let us know in comments below!