Coke Studio 2020 recently dropped its fourth episode comprising three songs by Sanam Marvi, classical singer Aizaz Sohail and the king of Punjabi rap Bohemia. Marking the epic return of the latter, Saari Dunya highlights the personal struggles of the artist. The lyrics of the song explain an artist’s struggle and the shortcomings of fame resulting in the disillusionment of worldly/material gains. Speaking about the lyrics, Bohemia said, “In Saari Dunya, I am describing Bohemia as an artist being introduced to the industry, coming [of age] into the scene, planting seeds into the soil and seeing them grow, seeing them get to a level now where those trees have to be used for other purposes.”
But Coke Studio producer Rohail Hyatt could not be more excited about Bohemia’s return to the music platform. “It’s amazing to see the growth of Bohemia. The admiration I have for him and his personality cannot be understated. He writes songs from his heart and it shows. When he shared Saari Duniya with me as a demo, I loved it instantly. Something about it just clicked. Subsequently, the song has gone through some changes but the core message stayed the same,” he said.
Hyatt added, “Being an artist, it must be very difficult to share your original creation with another person and let them do whatever they like with it. I don’t think I’d be able to do this because I find it very difficult to let go of my work. I even have to record and mix my own songs. So, a big thank you to the artists who do let go. It’s a big responsibility to manage.” He continued, “Bohemia tells us about the plight of being used as a disposable commodity by the ‘music industry’ but he roars back with his conviction and self-belief! ‘I’m the light in darkness’ he says. He narrates how he felt cut down by the politics of the music industry! And yes, politics can get quite ugly! Glad Bohemia is bouncing back from it positively and sharing his experiences with us,” Hyatt concluded.