Karachi once boasted an enthusiastic and bustling nightlife with some of the finest young musicians and bands that performed at a choice of venues. We; the Legendary Musicians of Karachi group (LMK) wanted to bring light to this era and therefore took on this mammoth project of recording as accurately as possible, all these great musicians and bands that have gone unnoticed for decades – something that had never been done before.
Not every musician claims the media spotlight and that’s where archiving through documenting, photographs, recordings, books can be extremely helpful as they offer more than the dominant flavours of a musical era.
LMK originally started off as a facebook group in January 2010 and got busy connecting with Karachi musicians of the 50’s through to the 80’s. We wanted to hear directly from them; their stories, their photographs, their music… We discovered that many emigrated from Karachi during the late 60s thru 80s mainly due to the poignant changes creeping in; the socio-political environment, the closing down of night clubs, discos and other live entertainment venues and eventually the martial law.
As the group grew and the stories and images surged in; we decided to categorically archive all the material by creating our own official Legendary Musicians of Karachi website and https://lmkonline.wordpress.com/ was set up in February 2012. It has been an arduous task but a true labour of love as these talented musicians had to be recognized.
I want to thank Bosco Dsouza and Sabby Patrick; musicians of the Blackjacks (Toronto) and Ron Pinto; from the original Keynotes (Montreal) for being the first ones to join me in this endeavour. They were a great help in sourcing some classic, rare photographs and original recordings.
I want to thank Ron Pinto for re-mastering the old tracks. We can now hear the Fatah Brothers, Rhythm Quintet, Talismen, Keynotes (original), Celine Pinto, Thaddeus Pinto, Daoud Rafik and more because of him!!
For the many that have contributed via photographs, articles and other material – I simply cannot thank you enough for supporting and participating in the growth of this group.
Most of the material available here is © Legendary Musicians of Karachi and we would appreciate if you could contact us before sharing any information as the photographs are from the private collections of the musicians.
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Lynette Dias Gouveia
Founder and Editor