Live Bands of Karachi -ldg

Here is our working list of all the live bands that performed at clubs, bars, discos, cabarets and other live gigs in Karachi.  I am hoping to record more precise dates for  each band via the help of our Karachi Musicians (work in progress).

Please do get in touch with us if we have inadvertently missed out any musician or band. Many Thanks ~ ldg
© Legendary Musicians of Karachi

Earliest recorded:

Correa’s Optimists Swing Band ~ 1928 (Correa Brothers)



1940 – 1960, the prominent bands were:

The Carvalho Trio ~ Felix Carvalho father & sons Chris and Tony were talented classical and jazz musicians


Janu Vaz Band ~ The best jazz and blues band of the late 1940s -1950s were the Janu Vaz Band with a full range of saxophone, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, double-bass and the percussions. the master-musicians were saxophonists Alex Rodrigues and Dominic Gonsalves ; several trumpeters, one of them John Fernandes , double-bassist David William and drummers Basil and Rudy D’Souza


Soares Brothers ~ Alex Soares, Peter Soares, Paul Soares & Tony Pinto


Rhythm Swingtette ~ Brothers Joe D’Cruz and Pat D’Cruz, Tony Mendonca, Squigee Neeves, Buju Platell and Oscar DeSouza.


Rockets  ~ Mark Fernandes (trumpet), Rudy Wilson (guitar), Sabby Vaz (accordion) & Malcolm D’Souza (drums)


Rhythm Quintet ~ Alex Soares, Peter Soares, Paul Soares & Tony Pinto


The Blue Notes ~ Charlie Frances (drummer), Dominic Fernandes (trumpet), Doug Finchley, Tony Menezes (pianist).
They played at the Metropole from 1950 to 1961
From  1961 to 1970 in Lahore
From 1970 – 1973 in Islamabad & Pindi.  After that Mr. Dominic Fernandes (Band Leader) left for the US – Nov 1973. 
The Samba Rhythm Kings ~ John D’souza, Alex Rodrigues, Victor, Janu Vaz


Rhythamaires ~ Willie, Jabbar, Francis Gonsalves and John Fernandes


Johnny Lion and the Jumping Jewels ~ band from the Netherlands that played at 007 Beach Luxury Hotel


Citations ~ Alan Albuquerque, Jeffery Besterwitch, Richie D’Souza & Melwyn Orr.  Played at Sam’s Hotel in Murree

female vocalist of the 50s-60s ~ Nori


1960 to 1970:

The Abstracts  ~ the original musicians were Arif O Mohammad (rhythm), Thaddeus Pinto (drums) and Arif Bharoocha (lead/bass), later Mohammed Ali Rashid (keys), Salim Akhtar (bass) and Salim Jaffery (drums)


Moon-Glows ~ Ronnie Rangel (Popatlal), Norman D’souza, Colin D’souza, Dominic Fernandes (late), Max Fernandes (band leader).
They played at the KLM Midway house in the 60s and also performed at the Beach Luxury Hotel
Defenders ~ from the US 1960: Jim Omps, Jim Martin, Dave Talbot, Bob Gardner and William R. Gardner. -in contact with Bob – US


The Bugs ~ Farooq Fatah, Ayaz Fatah, Afzal Javeri, Jamshed Muzaffar


Hello Why are You?


~ Farooq Fatah, Karim Pirani, Mansoor Fatah, Atiq Rehman Horse Shoe Restaurant (first band)


The Captivators  ~ Dawn Davies, Peter Fernandes, Timothy Fernandes, Ronnie Dias and Alan Goveas


The Aay Jays




The Blue Birds




The Fore Thoughts ~ Asif Lukhmani (lead), Bashir Balouch (bass), Anis Ahmed Katariwali (keys) and Umeed Ansari (drummer).  Anis had 6 fingers on his right hand
Azmut Butt (vocals) – need to check
Willie Po & the Boyz ~ Sabby Noronha, Peter Patrick, Macky, Leslie Patrick & Titus Nunes


Drifters  ~ Peter Paul Fernandes, Manuel Fernandes, Ronnie Rangel (Popat Lal), Edward Mendes, Alan Goveas, Alan Albourque (bass) & Dawn Davis (Fernandes)


The Xavier Sisters ~ Cecile, Jennifer, Brenda and Cynthia


The Pace Setters ~ musicians originally from Chittagong later moved to Karachi (before Bangladesh) Daphne Gonsalves (keys – Joe Fernandes’s wife),Errol Dsanges (guitar), David Gonsalves (drums), Densil Gonsalves (sax), Jerome Almedia (lead).


The Loving Kind ~ Mohammad Hussain (lead), Raza Shah (rhythm), Imad Shah (bass), Ahmad (drummer)


The Panthers ~ 1967 Norman Braganza (lead and vocals), Fasahat Hussein (sitar, keyboard and tabla), Eric Fernandes (bass) and Ahsan Sajjad (drums and lead vocals)


The Strollers ~ Stephen Silvera (manager), Noel Roderigues (drums), Lourdes (rhythm guitar), Owen Patrick (bass), Carlyle Rocha (lead guitar)


The Black Pirates ~ Fasahat Syed (organ) and Eric Fernandes (bass), Basheer Balouch (guitar)


Jim And The Junks ~ Khalid Fatah (bass), Jamshed Muzaffar(jim) (lead singer), Khalid Nawaz-Shifty (drums), Asif (rhythm), Alam (lead)


Thunders ~ Anjum (drums), Azim Lakhani (lead guitar), Ajmal Khan (bass), Shahid Habib (rhythm)


Surfers ~ Maxwell Dias (lead), Bunty/Bunzy, Ken (drummer), Jeffrey Besterwich, Steven Griffins (drummer)


The Mods


~ Mohammad (lead), Feroz (rhythm), Aziz (drummer), Rehman (bass)
Silhouettes  ~ Azam, Anjun, Mansoor, Jawed, Ajmal and Richard (some confusion whether these guys were originally from Dacca)


Blitz  ~ US Embassy Kids – Mike Matthews (rhythm), Anjum Khan (drummer), Dan Mcharty (lead), Bill Timrud (bass)


Bloody What’s The Matter ~ Khalid Fatah (bass), Afzal Javeri (lead singer), Asif (rhythm), Nasir (drums), Alam (lead)


In-Crowd  ~ Edgar Saville, Norman D’souza, Sydney D’souza, Ivan Menezes, Leon Menezes, Willy Po, Titus Nunes, Hillary, Donald, Ron


Talisman  ~ Iggy, Norman D,souza (vocals), Colin, D’souza, Thaddeus Pinto, Martin Fernandes, Charlie D’souza, Paupat Lal, Max Dias (lead/rhythm), Freddy Barrel (drums), and Nobby Furtado (bass), Julius Saldhana


Keynotes  ~ Joe D’costa , Malcolm Fernandes , Ron Pinto , Everad Remedios, Ainsley Highfield, Nobby Furtado, Trevor D’mello, William, Hillary furtado, Max Dias


Lotalics ~ Lotia family – They weren’t professional musicians


The Blue Shadows ~ Ralph Daranjo, Paul Sebastien, Ronnie D’souza, Cajie D’souza and Alfred Hou.


Ivan’s Aces ~ Nigel (drums), Jerry Vernem (bass), Alan Derrick (rhythm) and Ivan Bawa (lead singer and guitar).


The Hippies ~ 1962 Francis Gonsalves (need to confirm names of others)


The Blind Faith ~ Eric Barlow, Nino Frances, Zahir, Ian Birch and Donald Duncan.  Played at Tarbela Dam 1970.

Women in the 60s and 70s ~ with the Xavier Sisters becoming the first Pakistani all-women band to perform live and on Radio Pakistan and television.

Other female vocalists and musicians of the 60s and 70s ~ Hilda Pereira, Francesca (Cesca) Domingo (others listed with their respective bands)


1970 to late 80s:

Like Harvest ~ first line up @ 3 Aces – Farooq Fatah, Atiq Rehman, Iggy, David and Bobby Fredrick, Ronnie Khan

~ Atiq -ur- Rehman (drums), Farooq Fatah (lead), Ayaz Fatah (rhythm), Khalid Fatah (bass), Mansoor Fatah


October Cherries ~ 1973 live band from Singapore that played at Samar, Metropole.  Richard Khan, Peter Diaz, Benny Siow and Jay Shotam -in contact with Jay and Richard


21st Century ~ Tariq Mirza (TEE-M), Zahoor Karamally, Feroze Dada, Asghar



Inner Lights ~ Alex Rodrigues, Alex Gomes, Ken Fialho, Francis Fernandes


Phase 2 72-74 “The Phaze II at the midway house” the original band members were Sidney D’souza, Stevie Francis, Alex Gomes, Clarence Andrade.  Yvette Fyfe and Boko did sing with them occasionally.

Ron Pinto (lead), Ronnie Dias (bass), Errol (rhythm), Blaise Pereira on drums.  Played at the Merchant Navy Club.  Musicians that also played with this band prior to its formation were: Norman and Melvyn Fernandes at the Village.


The Cossacks ~ Paul Rodrigues, Francis D’costa, Daphne Lobo, Joe Fernandes & Ritchie D’souza, Later:  Kenny Fialho, Thaddeus Pinto (Maracas), Jerome Almeida


Silver Sticks ~ Ralph Daranjo, Paul Sebastien, Ronnie D’souza, Cajie D’souza and Alfred Hou


Transmission ~ Sidney D’souza, Arif Barocha, Ronnie D’souza and Ralph DAranjo


Irwin’s Error ~ Urooj Malik (drums), Owen Patrick (bass & back up vocals), Tuppy Macdonald (lead & vocals), Irfan Bawany (keys & backup vocals) – in contact with Bill (Tuppy Macdonald – US)


The End of the Road ~ Mario Rebello, Robin John, Terrance Simpson & Patrick Callaghan (RIP)


Blackjacks  ~ Bobby Fredricks, Michael Rodrigues, Zakir Hussain, Glenn Boyle, Tony (TJ), Trevor D’mello, Ronnie Remedios, Sabby Patrick, Trevor Davids, Roland Trinidad, Bosco D’souza, Rodney Judd, Francis Sebastian, Gerard Vanderlowen, Alan Vandrlowen, Allan Dias, Solly Clements, Norman D’souza, Max Dias, Russel D’souza, Nadeem, Peter Felix


Dad’s Gratitude ~ Fali Cooper, Rizwan Fancy, Arif Barucha, Salim Akhtar, Shakeel, Ritchie D’souza, David Braganza, Francis Sebastin, Godwin D’souza and Ritchie Thomas.


Xperiments  ~ Errol, Brian Lobo, Norman D’souza, Kevin Francis & Bosco De Souza




~ Edgar Saville (keys), Eric D’silva (lead/vocals) Alan Vanderlowen (guitar/vocals), Alan Dias (bass), Franky (sax & vocals), Malcolm Goveas (drums)


The Flintstones  ~ (D’Souza Brothers) Godwin, Xavier, Roy and drummer Tony Misquita


Underground-4  ~ Atiq-ur-Rehman, Alan Dias, Alan Vanderlowen, Malcolm Goveas, Frankie, Errol D’silva & Nizar Lalani


The Young Ones ~ Roland D’Souza, George Green, Gabriel Rodrigues, Jefferson Chen, Desmond Saldanha (all guitarists), Allan Goveas, Alex D’Souza, Oscar Cordeiro (all drummers), Clarence Andrade, Michael Castellino (Sax & Clarinet), Julius Saldanha & Dennis Davids (Keyboard)


The Fabs ~ Christopher Fernandes, Dennis Nazareth, Brian D’Souza, Llywellyn Davids, Cajetan Rodrigues, Anthony D’Souza (TJ)


The Rebels ~ Alan Vanderlowen, Michael Rodrigues (keys), Merwyn Correa (drums), Randolph Monterio (bass), Roland Rosario (lead), Kenneth D’Souza (rhythm)


The Flashlights ~ Milton Correa, Rudy D’mello, Ronnie Correa


The OBRLDS ~ Marshall D’Souza, Joe Lewis, Willie Joseph, Benny Joseph, Patrick James, Bosco D’souza.


The Record Breakers ~ Mariette D’Souza, Janice Correa, Lolly Almedia, Mildred Correa, Maria Wallis


The Noise Makers ~ Ann Andrade, Virginia Fernandes, Jacinta Soares, Genevieve Rodrigues


Butterflies ~ 1976 Ludy D’lima, Margaret Andrade, Alice Palouse, Maryanne Pereira, Chrsylin D’Souza


Purple Haze ~ Alvin D’Souza, Allan D’Souza, Alfred D’Souza, Jacob Fernandes, Winston Rodricks, Martin McKenzie, Ronnie James and Trevor D’Mello


Axe-Attack  ~ Faisal (drums), Nadeem (guitar), Russell Owen D’souza (bass), Aamir Zaki (lead), Oswald Lucas (vocals), Ronnie James (joined later)


V 5 ~ Hadi (bass), Michael Phen (trumpet), Gabriel Rodrigues (keys), Saleem, Jadoon (vocals), Aslam (lead), Freddy Barrel (drums)


Familiar Faces ~ 77 – 79 Donald D’silva, Titus Nunes, Alex Gomes, Hilary Fialho, Ronnie ( Boy) Pinto, Michael Rodrigues, Ivan Menezes, Clarence Andrade


Anonymous  ~ Trevor Dcruz (drums) Alan Dcruz (bass) Clarence Lobo (rhythm/vocals), Neil Aranjo (piano) Ricky Coelho (lead), Joe Rodriguez (congo/sax) and Angelo (vocals)


Vision  ~ Clifford Lucas, Ricky Leachay, Ritchie, Allan Smith, Ronnie, Eric Lucas, Darryl Leachay


The Evergreen Jazz band  ~ Ralph Daranjo, (late) Alex Rodrigues & Louis D’souza


Midnight Liners ~ later this band changed its name to Radiations.  Boniface Herbert, Russell Owen D’souza, Lawrence Gomes (drums), Franky (vocals) and Robert D’Cruz (vocals and lead), Angelo (vocals), Ralph (guitars), Neil Araujo (keys), Joe Rodriguez (sax), Allan Smith (drums),


Radiations  ~ Boniface Herbert, Brian Lobo, Robert D’cruz, Glen D’cruz, Angelo D’cruz, Niel Araujo and Hillary Rodrigues ~Tony D’Souza (aka TJ) and Max Dias came in later.


The Boyz ~ ‘The Boyz’ (80s) were the first band that composed and recorded a musical sound track for PTV in a drama called ‘Boarding House’.  Amir Khan (keyboards), Amber Naqvi (drums), Naz Therani (bass) and Raza Begg on (lead and rhythm). original bassist was Jamal Afridi.




Milestones  ~ Ali Tim (bass), Candy Pereira (vocals/rhythm), Yousuf Begg (guitar) later Ziyyad Gulzar (guitars), Carl Miranda (drums) & later Alan Smith (drums), back up vocals Zelina & Zelma later went mainstream


Final Cut ~ Azim Riffat, Rizwan Khan, Shehzad Mughal & Derek Clements


Variations  ~ 1990 Edmond Nunes (bass), Pierre Colaco (keyboards), Hillary Rodriques (saxaphone), Tony Pinto (rhythm), Oneil Malik (lead), Lawrence Soares & Michael Fernandes(drums), Ronald Fernandes (vocals) & Clifford Lucas (vocals/keyboard)


Razzmatazz 1 ~ Adrian Fletcher (drums), Ashley Clements (vocals), Jason D’Costa (Vocals / Sax) Thomas “Tim” D’souza (keyboards), Atif Mujahid (lead), Tahir Khan (rhythm / lead) and Steven Gonsalvas (bass)


Razzmatazz 2 ~ Adrian Fletcher (drums) Kevin Fernandes (vocals) Alex Manuel (keyboard), Titus Periera (rhythm / lead) Charles Suares (rhythm and vocals), Alan D’cruz (bass and vocals)


Black Knights ~ 1992 Clifford Lucas, Kevin Francis, Cyril Pinto, Jason D’souza


Oklahoma  ~ Tino Pinto, Johny D’Souza, Colin Coutihno, Steven Gonsalves, Alan D’Cruz and Joe Menezes (drums)


Black Rose  ~ Kevin Sebastian (vocalist), Mr. KG Lobo (rhythm) Mr. Gerald Jd, (drums) and Iqbal Kamdar (bass)


Undertow  ~ Imran Lodhi (vocals), Kashan Admani (guitars, now founder of band Mizmaar) Eskander Mirza (bass, from David Game school), later replaced by Russel Owen D’souza on bass, and Adnan Hussain aka Eddy (drums, david game and lecole / later with Aaroh for a short period).


Barbarians ~ Keith Venantius (vocals), Nabeel (drums), Asad Ahmed (lead), Waqar (keys) and Jamal Afridi (bass) later went mainstream






2 thoughts on “Live Bands of Karachi -ldg

  1. Dear LDG, you have put forward an excellent question to all karachiites…but unfortunately not too many of us would be able to answer accurately….unless a person starts from the yacht club (manora) alllll the way to grand hotel (malir) and can remember the numerous clubs/hotels that existed within this area then days it is a difficult to answer question….let me help by naming 2 bands….’72-74 “the phaze II at the midway house” the original band members were sidney d’souza, stevie francis, alex gomes, myself, and yes yvette fyfe and boko did sing with us occasionally……1975 “the familiar faces karachi intercon” the original band members were donald d’silva, hillary fialho, ronnie pinto, titus nunes, alex gomes and myself… Happy Easter God Bless

    • Clarence, I have put your band down. There is another band by the name of Phase 2 with different musicians. I have added you guys in there as well. Please check in category 70s-80s

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