Welcome to ‘LMK’ online

Correa’s Optimists Swing Band, 1928, Karachi.

Correa’s Optimists Swing Band, 1928, Karachi. Genre: Jazz

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.

You can follow our lively and active group on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lmkonline/

And check out our LMK fan page at:

Thank you.

Lynette Dias Gouveia
Founder and Editor



71 thoughts on “Welcome to ‘LMK’ online

  1. This is the right web site for everyone who hopes to understand this topic.
    You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that
    I personally will need to…). You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject that’s been written about for ages. Excellent stuff, just excellent!


    • Hello Myron,
      Thanks so much for the positive feedback!! Really appreciate the support.
      However, not much information was available previously on the live entertainment of Karachi and we discovered that over the last 2 years that we have been working on this project.

      • Hi! I’m a film student in LA and I think this would make a great topic for a documentary. Can you help me get in touch with any of the bands you’ve talked about? I was quite intrigued by the Fatah Brothers. I would like to discuss this more. Do get back to me via email. Thanks

  2. Those were the good old days during 1959-1960 when I was in St. Patrick’s High School. Maxi & Dominic Fernandes had their own Band. Father S Raymond was the Peincipal at that time. I know Bosco Fernandez also.
    Does any body know the whereabouts of Rita Fernandes? Please let me know (patzaph@rogers.com

    • Hey Zafar Sadiq…..I know you, I remember you well, we were in the Hey Zafar Sadiq, I know you, we were in the same class in V111 F Mr. D’mello (DHOLL) was our class master and Rita Fernandes taught English, Mr. Ebrahim taught Science….we were even together in Pre-Matric that’s when Dominic Fernandes was in our class. Fr. Leslie Colaco (beard) was the class master. Funny you should ask about Rita Fernandes, I could tell you something funny but only in a private email.

  3. Have you ever thought about writing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog based upon on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some
    stories/information. I know my readers would value your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.

  4. I believe Godwin D’Souza was my guitar tutor in the late seventies. Wonder how he is doing? Any idea of his whereabouts?

  5. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do
    it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. thanks a lot

    • Thank you very much. All artwork, photographs have been done in-house. This page is run by volunteers therefore we cannot afford to hire someone. All the best!

  6. I can not be more thankful to LMK for giving musicians there own forum and letting the new generation learn and educate about our Legendary Musicians.
    Lynette may God bless you and grateful to be a team member of LMK with all senior Musicians.

  7. What a fantastic website!! A true labour of love! A wonderful history, so meticulously documented. Thank you Lynette for all your hard work.

  8. Hey I lived in Karach during 1968-71 and Noel pereira taught be a few chords when i was 15…i am a singer songwriter shaffy aka is my moniker….check out feudal’s lament by me on you tube …it is about the motherland….i have 105 song on youtube……a legend in my own head…perhaps now in your’s….lol…peace.

  9. Memories..Saturday nights in Karachi ..the Hut ,Discotheque ,Golden Horseshoe…Sunday morning jam sessions Gymkhana..all gone with changing times…sadness overcomes happiness..

  10. I am looking for the song of S B John ” Kal Chaudvi ki Raat thi shab bhar raha charcha tera” S B John sung that song on PTV. Can someone tell me where to find it Please

  11. Hello “LMK”. Amazing site, congratulations for all your work!!!
    I’m from Brazil and I’m beginning to know some Pakistan rock / folk / pop. Thank you!

  12. Hi, love the site. I’m a writer and was hoping to get in touch with Rick Leachay for a piece I was working on. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

  13. Hi, I was trying to get in touch with Rick Leachay from this site. I’m a journalist working on a story about music in Karachi in the 70s.

    Osman Samiuddin

    • Osman do you still need Ricky Leachay’s contact. You are a member of LMK. Most musicians are members there if you need to contact them. If you have a problem then let me know and I will forward his contact.

  14. Hi there, it was around 1971 and i was playing with noel ferreira owen patrick
    david fredricks hilary fialho and a rich guy
    who got us gigs at karachi american school . Guess who was standing nearby
    when we were on a break benazair
    bhutto….. I did not care coz to me she was just another rich chick…. Surprise
    she was the p m of pakistan wow

  15. Aside from playing in some of the biggest hotels in karachi, i also played at intercon pindi with forsoo alex cyril joe and melvyn
    where are they??? God bless

    • Clarence I would really appreciate if you could send me more details in a form of a short blurb, article. If you send me your email address or if you are on Facebook I will contact you.
      Looking forward

  16. Karachi pakistan, what can i say boss,
    it was the most beautiful place in the 60’s / 70’s. I cannot/will not/and never will
    forget karachi cause it was soooo
    beautiful i love you all god bless !

  17. Ay badshah /rani it is now 2:18m
    in calgary and it’s raining….. I do wanna
    say this to the world i come in peace,
    so, pls forgive me and i do apologize
    if i’ve hurt anyone. Just take a moment and, look into your hearts .. Sumjah
    who iz lmk???? Talk to me whil’st i’m
    still alive i love god and muzik thank you godbless peace/god bless forgive me

  18. Behain/ bhai, my name is clarry
    clarence andrade contact me at
    403 608 5424 and this is my address
    1401, 609 8 st s w, calgary alberta canada
    i thank lmkonline hope to hear from the
    world regarding music sumjah god bless

  19. Talk to me behains/bhais coz im still alive barely smile… I’ve gone thru good/baad/ugly just like all of u’ my gmail address is :- clarenceandrade34@gmail.com my idols (musicwise) were edgar, ivan, thaddeus, noel, colin, etc etc lov ya god bless the stoooooopid mairasee clarry smile/cry

  20. I do admire norman/ceska cause they had more than just an awwsum talented voice they had showmanship toooo but yea this bhai david fredricks was never given any credence cause he was just a bacha like me during the bangla-desh war 1 9 7 1 never mind God bless clarry

  21. Behains/bhais, during my days music-wise beirut/singapore/tehran and yes karachi were/had the best of the best musicians true

  22. One last thing beforrr i wish you all a merryy christmas/ and a crazy new year what have we accomplished?????????? My answer is zilch love God bless clarry

  23. Behains/bros, within the next few weeks i may send you’ some photos which none of you have ever seen and it would be all thanks to my friend alex g yes alex and me are the last 2 living mairasees from the phaze 11 (the band that played it midway-house from ’72– 74) God bless

  24. Hi! I am preaparing a text about the Portuguese India music before 1962, and from your site I can see that goan people in Pakistan are very important for my project. Can you please help me? I live in Lisboa and my text will be mainly about rock and roll. Tahnks a lot!

  25. Would anyone know any story of Agnelo Victor Dias (FCCHS Karachi)? Born 1940, son of Joaquim Dias? Both were musicians – saxophone, piano, accordion, trumpet… Thank you.

  26. Any news of Arthur Turner, who was in Aslam Rizvi’s The Fantasticks, a musical play and also in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Karachi in the seventies? Also would like to find out how many Musical Broadway/West End type plays that were ever done in Karachi since partition, if anyone has that information from the people visiting this site?

  27. Hey lynette…. Are you related in any way to an awesome trumpeter “sunny dias” that i remember fom the 60’s or are you related to maxwell dias? If yes… Then please text me @ 403 608 5424

    • Sunny Dias was my grandfather. Maxwell Dias is my dad. Get connected on the LMK forum on facebook – you will find many musicians of your generation on the group.
      Warm Regards,

  28. Karachi Pakistan (music-wise) Was the city to be living-in during the mid sixties to the mid seventies…… Speaking (for myself) i really do not know what happened before or after (cause that would be just assuming)….sometimes i’m privy to talk to such great music peers as donald d evu r joe f francis a alex g etc etc etc… They showed me the way

  29. WTF…. Smile…. See no input thru LMK… If any of you really want to know about the 2 best bands of Karachi then… You’ should talk to Norman D…. Yes, he was the only privy person to have played for the Talisman and the In-crowd

    • Clarry, share your messages on our LMK group which has an active participation by many musicians of your generation. At present, we only share information here and do not use the website as a discussion forum.
      Many thanks, Lynette

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