I am a permanent resident of Karachi and come from a Memon/Gujrati family. My father emigrated from Bombay during the partition and I was the first Memon who learnt the guitar from one of the most brilliant, coperative, cool, master minded guitarist Mr. Egan (Iggy) Fernandes (RIP). ~ contd. below
However after completion, I could not join any musical band due to the shift duties at the airline where I was working, but the love for music has been with me throughout.
During the time of live entertainment I simply loved watching the Black Jacks and can distinctly remember the following:
Vocalist Mr. Frances Sebastian RIP was a great singer, having a clean and powerful voice, great singing talent which you could tell came from regular practice, dedication and enthusiasm. His songs TAKE THE RIBBON FROM MY HAIR, MORE THAN I CAN SAY, WONDERFUL TONIGHT, DOWN UNDER and MY ENDLESS LOVE were marvelously done and I must confess even better than the original tracks.
How beautifully he came down from high to low pitch in MY ENDLESS LOVE, his emotional song SAVE YOUR LOVE MY DARLING and using some extra words (his own original improvisation) in the middle of the song FOOT LOOSE were unbelievable.
Mr. Bosco D’Souza is a brilliant key board player, I remember he used to play so well in WONDERFUL TONIGHT, MY ENDLESS LOVE, GRAND MARCH and beginning and last portion of the song ABRA CADABRA (Does anyone remember that song!)
Lead Guitarist played so well in the beginning and last portion of the song MORE THAN I CAN SAY, similarly in the beginning portion of the song FRANKIE with the drummer who used ‘one’ piece of drum only for that piece.
Mr. Roland Trinidad (late) was qualified, talented and a very cooperative drummer. He played so well in RED RED WINE specially at the end of the song he played with one piece of drum I believe is called snare was absolutely marvelous. Such amazing talent, dedication and love for music was at the heart of each musician.
Saxophonist Mr. Sabby Patrick played so well in THE HEAT IS ON, SINGING IN THE DARK but IN DON BUSTLE ( I AM AFRAID FROM GHOST ) he played in a different style and came in competition with the drummer three times in the middle of the song and fourth time went back to the original track. Amazing improvisation!
Bass Guitarist Mr. Glenn Boyle played so well in ILLUSION (which was a big hit in those days) and his back ground singing to support the vocalist in GRAND MARCH and IN MY ENDLESS LOVE are found very interesting.
For me a simple Memon boy growing up in Karachi at that time surrounded by music, live entertainment was such a memorable experience. I have played with some fine musicians and thought I’d share my memories with Legendary Musicians of Karachi.
Thank you so much,
Bosco D’souza ~ Thanks for bringing back old memories!!!!
Kevin Mendonca Iqbal that is a good discreption of the band members
Lynette Dias Gouveia Having received so many wonderful emails from Mr. Iqbal Kamdar. He is really special and does have a great recollection of the live bands/musicians of Karachi. Iqbal also played briefly with Kevin Sebastian, Cajetan Lobo and Gerald, the musicians from the band ‘Black Rose’.
Kevin Mendonca Yes Now that you mentioned it Lyn, I remember Iqbal used to play on and off with the guys, wow that jogs my memory, any news about Arif Barocha, Eric Balo who were musicians of their time, mid 70-80’s