Pakistan’s music platform ‘Coke Studio’ returns this year with a new season starting 13 May, bringing back a musical fusion of exciting elements and diverse influences, ranging from traditional Eastern, modern Western and regionally inspired music. ‘Coke Studio Season 5’ aims to introduce new genres and fusion where featured artists explore their heritage while showcasing their unique styles. Since its inception, ‘Coke Studio’ has explored layers of meaning, cultural identity and spiritual philosophies. Season 5 witnesses Rohail Hyatt back at the helm and features, Atif Aslam, Bilal Khan, Bohemia, Chakwalis, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad, Hadiqa Kiyani, Humayun Khan, Meesha Shafi, Tahir Mithu, Overload, Qayaas, SYMT and Uzair Jaswal. Season 5 also marks the return of the house band with Asad Ahmed on guitar, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Javed Iqbal on violin, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Omran ‘Momo’ Shafique on guitar, Sikander Mufti on multi-percussions and Rachel Viccaji and Zoe Viccaji on backing vocals. Joining the house band this season are two new talents: Farhad Humayun on drums and Mubashir Admani on keyboards. ‘Coke Studio’ Executive Producer Rohail Hyatt said; “Entering into our 5th season, we at ‘Coke Studio’ believe our journey continues to explore the wealth of talent and cultural diversity that we as a nation are blessed with. It is without doubt that the love and respect that our audience has showered us with, serves as our inspiration.” ‘Coke Studio Season 5’ debuts on Sunday, 13 May and will air right through the summer with a new episode every fortnight with exclusive behind the scenes footage, on television channels and radio stations every fortnight.