KARACHI: Coke Studio Explorer released its fourth song today titled Tere Bin Soona featuring the social media star Mishal Khawaja from Punjab. Born in Sialkot, Pakistan, and raised in Toronto, Mishal was discovered on Instagram by the producers Ali Hamza and Zohaib Kazi, who brought her back to her home ground in Punjab for Coke Studio Explorer’s fourth song, stated a press release.
Tere Bin Soona is a gentle, mid-tempo love ballad that finds the bedding for its lyrics in melodic guitar chords and a gentle rhythm. Recorded inside a minaret, against the majestic Lahore fort – to reverb and resonant the space and capture the essence and cultural heritage of Punjab.
Mishal discovered her vocal capabilities while humming a Toni Braxton song around a friend in a playground. However, as an extremely shy kid growing up, it wasn’t until her adult life that her family and friends discovered her singing voice. Over years of songwriting, performing and creating a fan base, Mishal has been able to hone her craft on Instagram – the very grounds where she was ultimately discovered by the producers. In a world of virtual reality, the idea of returning to Pakistan and tracing her roots was floated in order to achieve the impact with the human spirit intact; and that completion of the story and returning to her home-ground at birth is now Mishal’s audio-visual chronicle that debuts on Coke Studio Explorer.
In Tere Bin Soona, Mishal’s voice offers a slow dreamy feel, riding on a tender acoustic guitar by Ali on this original track which is written as well as composed by her.