Jimmy Jamshaid – JJ of the Bugs with ldg

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Jimmy Jamshaid – The Bugs

 

The band that we are talking about today is none other than ‘The Bugs’.

An evocative name that has lingered fondly amongst our Karachi music lovers of the 60s and 70s- with a lethal combination of outstanding talent and charming personalities – these guys were a force to reckon with.

The Karachi gals of the 60s (now grannies) will certainly agree with me and according to the feedback that we have received on our forum, still have wild and vivid memories of them.

Through our work at LMK, it has been a pleasure to get to know them and to discover that behind the amazing talent are wonderfully engaging  human beings.

Let’s get to the interview with the fun loving and outspoken Jimmy Jamshaid, drummer of ‘The Bugs’.

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The Bugs Courtesy Uzma Javeri
L-R – Late Afzal Javeri, Farooq Fatah (Great Lead Guitarist), Ayaz Fatah and Jimmy Jamshed
 

 

How did your interest in music begin? What inspired you.

JJ-     Well, it was during the time when Beatles inspired and changed the world and we did our bit in Karachi.  As a band, our main inspiration was the great “SHADOWS” (the Brit instrumental Group), backing Cliff Richard.  The Shadows originally went under the name ‘The Drifters’ and were an English instrumental rock group that did a range of pop, rock, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence. 

 

I love the name ‘The Bugs’.  How did it come about?

JJ-     I must confess that no great thought was put into it.  We simply copied it from the Beatles.  Beatles – Bugs, same thing.  It was meant to be.  The band took form sometime in 1964 and we were the rocking kids of the 60s!

 

Talk about ‘The Bugs’.

JJ-     Two of the Bugs were my class-mates at St Paul’s School:  Ayaz and Farooq Fatah, now settled in Toronto.  The ‘late’ COOL Afzal Javeri was recruited last.  If you must know we kicked out one guy, who was not so COOL and who later on joined the Thunders.  Afzal replaced him. We gelled well.

 

Our line up was Farooq Fatah – great Lead Guitarist – just like Asif Lukmani of the “Forethoughts”,  Ayaz Fatah – Rhythm guitarist/lead singer, Afzal Javeri on Bass guitar & myself on the Drums.

 

As mentioned before, we were heavily influenced by the Shadows and other bands like Ventures, Rolling Stones, Animals and Johnny Lion & the Jumping Jewels from Holland.  Johnny Lion & the Jumping Jewels were a great band that also visited Karachi and performed at the Beach Luxury Hotel.

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The Bugs © Jimmy Jamshaid

 

Any memorable gigs that you would like to mention.

JJ-     We were the first Pakistani Band hired to perform at the InterContinental chain of Hotels.  Before us, only Gora Sahibs from UK/Italy, were imported.  We performed at Intercontinentals, Fallettis Lahore, Sherazade Islambad, Shahbagh Dhaka, Falettis brother’s hotel in Rawalpindi and Hotel Midway House.  Besides these venues we provided live music entertainment at many jam sessions and private parties.  There was always something happening in Karachi at that time.

 

What was your experience of Karachi in the 60s – 70s?

JJ-     Actually, Pakistan at that time (thank God) was not suffering from too much Religion.  At the same time, as musicians, we kind of educated our audience to appreciate and enjoy such music.  Our job was to create the vibe through live entertainment and the people responded gloriously.

 

Musicians that you would like to give credit too or musicians you think were excellent but have not been mentioned yet on LMK.

JJ-     Great bands of those times were: Forethoughts, Thunders and many more, who were created after the Bugs.  I must state that we inspired many bands at the time and still do to this very date as our generation were the pioneers in live music entertainment.  This fact cannot be taken away from us.

 

I would like to mention some great musicians: Asif Lukhmani, Umeed Ansari, Late Bashir Baluch, Azim Lakhani, Late Azmat Butt, Late Sydney De’souza and Norman De’Souza.  These guys were super talented and self-taught musicians that deserve appreciation.

 

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With my buddies from The Fore Thoughts – Azmut Hayat Butt, Anis Ahmed Katariwala and (myself)  Jimmy Jamshaid at KLM Midway House Hotel Stargate – near Jinnah Airport

Is there anyone that you would like to acknowledge for offering support during this period?

JJ-     Plenty of friends and too many to mention, however, our greatest support came from the late “Commander Fatah” Father of Ayaz and Farooq Fatah.

In the clip below is an old recording of ‘The Bugs’ doing their rendition of the theme music from ‘Do Raha’ which was originally composed by Sohail Rana.  Special thanks to Stuart Ellis for making these recordings available on youtube.

Would you like to talk about the live entertainment venues that you frequented.

JJ-     The atmosphere at the “Disco” at Metropole Hotel, Midway House and Horse-Shoe were amazing.  These places were packed with music lovers or people out to socialize and have a great evening with friends.  The current generation of Karachi have absolutely no clue as to what kind of life we experienced and in many ways it’s a sad loss.  We had bands visiting from abroad and  tourists who really enjoyed their experience of Karachi.     

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Any message that you would like to share on LMK.

JJ-     A message for all the Pakistani bands (past and present).  Do not forget that we “The BUGS” started it all in this now most conservative and intolerant Country of Pakistan!

Lynette Dias Gouveia
© Legendary Musicians of Karachi

 

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From Napier Street to the Land of Milk and Honey – Thaddeus Pinto

Thaddeus Pinto - The Talisman Set

Thaddeus Pinto – The Talisman Set

I was born on 30th January 1951 and lived at No.6 Saeed Manzil, Napier Street (between Duarte Mansion and Duarte Square).   My parents were Dominic and Bridget Pinto – both deceased now after immigrating to Toronto, Canada.

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First Holy Communion

We were six siblings with sister Celine, brothers; Tony and Ron Pinto – and our angels above; Mary, who died at childbirth, and Conrad at the age of 2 – passed away from a head injury.

My early memories of music takes me back to the late 50’s and early 60’s where the influence of music were my brother Tony (who practiced with his band at our flat in Napier street) and my sister Celine (who had a great voice and loved to sing).  At the age of 7; I became fascinated with the drums.

When they finished with their regular practice, I would sneak in and have a go at some  drum rhythms and try to imitate them.

Tony my brother, was very aware of what I was doing, and introduced me to the great Pascal Fernandes (who played with the renowned Jannu Vaz band).  He showed me the twist beat and some jazz drum grooves.  This was it……the magic of drums drew me in.

If I was to pay tribute to the one person who set this drum stage for me; it was Pascal Fernandes.  After that, everything I ever learnt was self taught and by listening to others – Like many of the biographies of the other drummers;  I too, started practicing on metal coffee tables to mimic a snare drum, and a couch to mimic a deep tom tom. Such was life to make do without a drum set and practice creating drum sounds.

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Thaddeus with The Rhythm Quintet (Soares Brothers)

After I learnt some standard rhythms – my brother Tony and The Soares Brothers (Rhythm Quintet) gave me the opportunity to perform in their band.  I enjoyed doing a couple of tracks for them and my favourite was  “Wipe out”.

I would have to attribute this experience and undoubtedly grateful for the exposure that I received here to most standard and classic songs, big band jazz, latin, swing and many other types of music to fully round my understanding and experience with a variety of drum work.

Within a year or so of joining The Rhythm Quintet, I happened to see a white drum set (made in Sialkot) that was on display at a music store close to P.F.Pereira Bakery.  It was impressive looking and I was desperate to have it.  It was uncle Steven D’souza (moms brother) who was generous enough to pay the Rs. 900 for it.  I still remember how utterly excited I was to own my first drum kit – no more tables or couches to practice on!!

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Thaddeus with The Abstracts

While purchasing this kit from the store, I happened to be approached by some local musicians who required a drummer.  They kept in touch with me , and lo and behold the forming of The Abstracts took place.  Ashley D’Silva (bass) was one of the musicians. Most gigs we played were at weddings, parties, The Beach Luxury hotel for a concert with a variety of bands, and a big gig at the Qayam Cinema in PECHS; that included The Keynotes, The Bugs, The Blitz from the Karachi American school and finally The Forethoughts (masqalander).

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The Abstracts

At this stage I was with two bands; The Rhythm Quintet and The Abstracts.  Soon after I met up with my school friend; the great Ivan Menezes, lead guitar, singer extraordinaire and we formed a band with his brother Leon called The 3 Dimensions.  This was the start of early rock music in Karachi and we landed quite a few gigs – one was at the Karachi US Boat Club where we entertained the American Navy personnel that docked in our city at the time.   They may have been Navy personnel but many had incredible musical skills and we picked up from them as we started jamming together.  It was a fantastic experience and along with the cash we earned, our delight was to be able to drink countless cans of American made Coca Cola, authentic hot dogs and bacon that we could not get our hands on from any of the local stores in Karachi.

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The Three Dimensions – Leon Menezes, Thaddeus Pinto and Ivan Menezes

My drumming career continued by closely listening to others and taking in every experience I could gather to groom my skill set – It was a constant learning process for me to improve and develop.

During my time with these 3 bands, I continued to focus on some key drummers who had very much influenced my drumming style; one who is still with us and the other two have passed on.  My tribute, gratitude and respect goes out to Pascal Fernandez (deceased) who was instrumental in creating the direction for me.  Sidney D’Souza (deceased) brother of Norman D’souza (InCrowd, Karachi) who always gave me the confidence to drum  (including cabaret styles).  The 3rd Karachi drummer – Joe D’Costa from the Keynotes – who is well these days.  I followed these three drummers very closely and went to any dance I could go to just to sit by the stage and watch and process every move, hit, roll and style.

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The Talisman Set

After two years (roughly)  a new band was being formed – a great Karachi band – “The InCrowd”. Band members set to go were Ivan Menezes, Lead guitar, vocals,  Norman D’souza, Rhythm guitar lead vocals, Edgar Saville (deceased now) on keyboard, Noel Ferriera, Bass guitar, vocals and a drummer ??? Ivan was enticing me to join up with this band and play the house band permanent gig at “The Metropole disco”.  While this was on the move, another great Karachi Band, “The Talisman set”, was in need of a drummer.  Not sure how it happened, given my love for good hard rock music (InCrowd),  I consented to join “The Talisman” and Sydney D’souza joined the InCrowd to cover the drums.

At this time, 3 great Karachi bands ruled the music scene, The Keynotes, The InCrowd and of-course The Talisman where I finally ended my career with in Karachi, Pakistan (September 1972).

I must also give credence and acknowledgement to the many other bands that formed with great musicians, old and young who gave their talents to the Karachi “Liverpool like” music blitz.

Hours and days of music and drumming and finally I decided to immigrate to Canada once my sister Celine sponsored me. On 6th September, 1972 a final concert was performed; it was the CYC club that organized a jam session at the CYC hall near St. Pats church and all proceeds made from the event would be donated to The Saint Don Bosco orphanage near St. Pats.

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The Talisman Set – Colin D’souza & the Japanese cabaret artists – behind Julius and Thaddeus

The InCrowd played and showcased me at this final and last time in Karachi.  I am saddened as I write this and remember the great musicians deceased and alive who played at this gig.  Ivan Menezes, Edgar Saville, Noel Ferriera, Leon Menezes, Norman D’souza.  Jamming with us also were Willie Poe (drums),  Atiq Rehman of Rehmani stores; who willingly lent me his kit and added a second bass drum for me.  Other  drummers included Freddy Barrel – if I recall –  I am sure for those who read this will remember playing as I cannot seem to recall how many others did so at this incredible jam session.  It started during the early hours and ended at 7 pm in the evening.
Traditionally, there was a fight that ‘could possibly’ happen at some of these dances. ….. but this was one event that did not have a single disruption.  I’m sure many Karachiites would fondly remember this.  It was the “Woodstock” of Karachi!  I have attached a copy of the original ticket of the event.

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Some things are priceless – I have still kept my ticket

Right after this last session (3 days later) I was on my way to Toronto, Canada to make a new life.

So, who took my place with The Talisman Set?  It was Martin Fernandes who now lives in Nagasaki, Japan. A great drummer who replaced me and whom we found to be the perfect fit with The Talisman.  Other great members in this band included, Colin D’souza: lead, rhythm guitar vocals, Julius Saldanha: keyboards, Nobby Furtado:bass, vocals.

Surprisingly enough, a few months after my departure from Karachi, the owner of Beach Luxury hotel – where The Talisman played (007 club) – landed them a contract to tour Asia.  After ending their tour of music, the band members ended up getting married and now live in various countries.

Colin in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Julius in Edison, New Jersey
Nobby in Miami Beach, and
Martin who lives in Nagasaki, Japan.

Such great musicians that I have missed thoroughly and enjoyed my musical years with.

In September 1972, not knowing where my life would end up with my drumming career, I took on a welding night shift job in a skidoo factory working with mig, tig and oxy-acetylene welding.  I had studied this trade while in Karachi at the Pakisan/British Oxygen company at West Wharf.

What is a wild  and crazy rock, soul and jazz drummer doing in a trade like this? Oh well!! Had to make a living out in the east end of the city.

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Shadows Jam – with Bruce Welch of The Shadows

MCA Canada, was the closest I came to hopefully make my mark as I landed a job there after a year.  I started working in the recording studio and watched and met many artists who came in; Elton John, Lynnard Skynnard, The Who and others.

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A Big screen shot of me at the Shadows Jam

Jammed with many good musicians as I got introduced to them while working there.

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Resurrection – Canada

It was 1985 or thereabouts when I began working with a couple of bands.
One of them I will fondly remember was “Resurrection”.  This band played a couple of dances, a big one being the Pioneers dance club and another Goan dance (cant remember).  Band members included, Norman Braganza lead guitar and vocals, Victor D’souza, rhythm guitar and vocals, myself on drums and my apologies I cannot remember the bass player…forgive me!!  Resurrection did not last for too long and disbanded.

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Resurrection – Canada

Finally, I met up with the great Dennis David, keyboards (Keyboardist from the Surfer band, Karachi) who formed  The Impact 3, and that included also a great keyboardist and singer, Terry Pinto from East Africa.  This turned out to be a terrific, tight trio. We played a variety of music at weddings, dances and our gigs as the house band at The Albion Steak House in Palgrave Bolton area.

 

Impact 3 Band - back to front - Dennis David, Terry Pinto & Thaddeus Pinto

Impact 3 Band – back to front – Dennis David, Terry Pinto & Thaddeus Pinto

Friday and Saturday nights were our gigs and we had a great time.  The late great Cesca Domingo (singer from the Keynotes) would come and join us.  What a great voice she had. (famous song included “these boots were made for walking”.)

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2nd Generation Impact 3 with Dennis David, Keyboard and vocals – & Cesca Domingo

Once my first child, Matthew was born on May 15th, 1988 , I had to rethink my music commitments and thus discontinued the frequent playing on weekends other than dances or jam sessions.

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I always have time to jam  – at a thousand island picnic – Gananoque

Much of my business/professional life led me from customer service, to Inventory Management to finally another love;  as a Purchasing and Supply Chain Management professional.  This career spanned about 30+  years  as I sought and attained two professional accreditations from The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (SCMAO) and The Institute of Purchasing and Supply Chain , USA (ISM)

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Always room for me to jam – Canada

It is now October 2017; I have since retired from Kinectrics Inc. as their Manager of Purchasing & Supply chain.  I still continue to have that urge to drum away stirring in me.  I jam wherever I can, continue to go for my favorite concerts and always think of the good times gone by.
My favourite drummers are:
Keith Moon – The Who
John Bonham – Led Zeppelin
Carl Palmer – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Mitch Mitchell – Jimi Hendrix Experience
Phil Collins – Genesis

My favourite and only drum equipment that consists of:
Vintage 1950 5 piece Premier turquoise sparkle kit
6 original Turkish Zildzian Cymbals made in Turkey.
A Cajun from Lima, Peru
A Darbuka from Turkey (sounds better than tablas)
And lastly a double Tama bass pedal.

I will end my story with the greatest gratitude and love I shall continue to have for all the musicians that I have engaged with in Karachi and Toronto.  I share with you the knowledge that such a great time existed between the 60’s and 70’s which I doubt will  repeat itself.

God bless and remembrance to our great drummers gone…….
Pascal Fernandes
Sidney D’souza
Hilary Fialho
Freddy Barrell
Roland Trinidad
Steve Griffin ( aka budda Griffin)

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At my wedding (July 10, 1982) – My first Teacher to the left – Pascal Fernandes.

With love, respect and gratitude to all, especially to my Wife Virginia who was the pillar of strength behind pushing me to continue with my drums and encouragement to go forth with higher studies and to my children Matthew, Julia and Sarah who make up this great family of mine.

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From my family with Love..

Voodoo – circa 70s

Band Voodoo at Hotel Metropole

They started playing in 1969 right through to 1973.

– L to R: Maneck Bharucha, Farhad Behrana, Farhad Mistri, Rayomand Masters (RIP) and Savi Tengra. (Photograph courtesy Michael Ali)
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 “Voodoo” playing at The Discotheque, Hotel Metropole (circa 1972)

L to R: Rayomand Masters (late, RIP), Maneck Bharucha, Farhad Mistri, Farhad Behrana and Savi (Sam) Tengra. (Photograph courtesy Farhad Keki Behrana‎)

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Letter From Dominic Gonsalves ~ January 4, 2012

Dominic Gonsalves

A letter from Mr. Dominic Gonsalves to Menin Rodrigues.  

Regarding information not being accurately recorded in a few published articles.

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January 4, 2012

Hi Menin! First of all I would like to wish you Happy New Year 2012.  I had great pleasure reading about the Goans in Pakistan and their contribution to the country.  It is indeed an awesome effort on your part to research the vast areas in which Goans have made a contribution and to honour them by making mention of their names on your site.
My email in particular refers to the section music and bands as I have made note of a few discrepancies that I came across. My aim is for you to have the correct information irrespective of whether it gets corrected or not.
Firstly, that my good friend the late Alex Rodrigues a great musician was never associated with either Alamgir or Sheikhi.
I first started playing with Alamgir in the early 70’s and featured regularly on PTV’s Sunday Ke Sunday and Jhankar.  Later on I decided to play for Sheikhi too on a regular basis helping him out with a few compositions.  If you would like to confirm that fact I would be more than happy to provide you with the contact numbers of both those artists.
Secondly, the late Felix Carvalho also a good friend of mine and a brilliant musician was never associated with Alamgir. The fact of the matter is that Felix who also played in my band was not into eastern music.  For your information I was the first Goan to be employed (full time) by Radio Pakistan as Music Director (worked for 35 years) and Pakistan Television as a session musician as I am well versed in both Western and Eastern music.
Dominic Gonsalves
I was also the first Goan to appear in a feature film “Dhamaka” in 1974 (opening scene with band on stage) starring Javed Sheikh. I also had the pleasure of playing along with Paul Gonsalves and The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Dave Brubeck Quartet.  This was also misreported in Kaleem Omar’s article (Nobody in Karachi whistles anymore) published in 2006.
I was employed by Metropole Hotel at the time. I am now 84 years old and my memory is as good as ever. I migrated to Australia in 2005 and was a bit disappointed when I read that article online. I have tried to get the contact details of Kaleem Omar but have been unsuccessful. If by any chance you have his contact details please forward that to me so that I can clarify the matter.
 Dominic Gonsalves
I still play the sax with the U3A (University of the Third Age) in Melbourne and jammed up with Don Burrows in Sydney a few years ago. I hope the information that I have provided you gives you more insight into the musical history of Pakistan.
If I can be of any help and if you need further clarification on the above matters please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or Facebook (Don Gonsalves)

Tribute to Ivan Bawa ~ by Peter Bawa

Ivan Bijoy Bawa

My father was born Ivan Bijoy Bawa on October 4, 1942 in Belgaum, India.  His family moved to Pakistan in 1947, where his father Ebenezer Kohinoor Bawa worked as an engineer and his children attended school.

My father loved music his entire life and began singing at home and at school.  He received a lot of positive attention at school especially for his beautiful voice.  He had a cousin named Lata who also loved to sing, and as youngsters the two of them used to sing duets together, usually songs from Indian movies from the 40s and 50s.   His interest in western music began with Elvis Presley; he often said that the first English song that he learned was “Young Dreams” from the Elvis movie “King Creole”.   That movie and that song led him to learn guitar (he bought a used acoustic guitar and made his own pickups by winding copper wire around magnets).

He formed a band with friends and relatives and began to perform at parties and functions at locations such as the Catholic Club in Rawalpindi.  A couple of people who were in his early bands were his first cousin Faith Derrick (now Faith Slocum), currently living in North Carolina, and Naseem Nasir, now residing in Canada. Both played drums.

In 1966 at the age of 24 after gaining attention around Rawalpindi he was hired to perform at the Flashman’s Hotel.  It was there that he first formed the band Ivan’s Aces. The initial members were his first cousin Alan Derrick (El Paso TX, now deceased) on guitar, Melvin Orr on bass, Alan Albuqurque, and Nigel Pushong on drums.  Over the next 5 years the band went on to perform at the Scheherazade Hotel in Islamabad, the Intercontinental Hotels in Lahore and Rawalpindi, and the Palace Hotel in Karachi.

Ivan's Aces Band

Ivan’s Aces Band

Nigel Pushong was replaced by Alam (last name unknown) on drums, and Jerry Lovett joined the band when Alan Derrick left.  A female singer named Yvette Fyve performed with the band occasionally at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lahore.   The Ivan’s Aces Band also made several appearances on the Pakistan Television variety show “The Zia Mohyeddin Show” around 1970 and 1971.

Also during this time Ivan Bawa was noticed by the famous Pakistani actor and director Syed Kamal, who heard him playing with the band and invited him to sing for a movie he was making. That movie, titled “Roop Behroop”, was released in 1971.  Ivan sang two duets with the famous Mrs. Runa Laila for the movie.  Kamal, feeling that Ivan’s voice was a combination of the singers Talat Mahmood and Mohammad Rafi, billed Ivan in the movie credits as “Mahmood Rafi”.  The movie was a commercial flop but many scenes and all of the songs can now be found on www.Youtube.com; the soundtrack of this movie was released on Columbia Records in Pakistan and is now out of print.

Sometime shortly afterward Ivan and his family left Pakistan, first for Afghanistan, where he performed solo in the M&M Club in Kabul; and then to Tehran, Iran, where he performed for years at the Maharaja Restaurant (with a pair of Iranian brothers named Sarooj and Varooj on bass, drums, and backing vocals) and also on the American Air Base in the Officer’s and NCO Lounges.  Returning briefly to Pakistan after Iran, he then moved on to the UAE in 1977, where he continued to perform solo in such places as the Hostess  in Abu Dhabi, in Dubai, The Bangkok Cellar in Sharjah, and the legendary Oceanic Hotel in Khor Fakkan.

Ivan and his family moved to the United States in 1981.  First landing in Mississippi and then moving to Houston Texas, he performed at a long string of piano bars, hotels, nightclubs, lounges, and country clubs all across these and other states, also including Oklahoma, Wyoming, Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

In 1985/1986 Ivan released a country album of all-original songs on the Country Echo Records label.  This album, titled “Here I Am” and released on cassette and 45 RPM, is out of print.  For a short time during these years Ivan was also co-owner of his own establishment named “Ivan’s Club”.  Ivan also befriended Mr. Udayan Parikh, the well-known singer, and played guitar on his album “Guldasta Ghazals” (out of print).

In the years overseas Ivan played a combination of Hindi and western songs, but when he moved to the US, his repertoire of western songs greatly increased.  His first love was always hindi songs and he sang them at home or at parties, whenever possible.  He often performed at Indian and Pakistani private parties and also at such notable Indian establishments in Houston at Ashiana, Nirvana, and Bombay Palace, allowing him to sing the indian songs in public once again.  He held a long-standing entertainment position at the Pine Forest Country Club in Houston where he performed on a weekly basis and at parties and special engagements.

Ivan had always suffered from precarious ailments through his life but had always made it through them and kept performing.  However, in the 1990’s he began to have continuous heart problems which required several surgical procedures, and in 1997 he was diagnosed with emphysema.  This greatly limited his singing, and the addition of arthritis in his hands and bursitis in his shoulders made it difficult to play long shows.  Around 2005 or so he was forced to retire from performing.  He continued to play guitar at home whenever he was able to, and he recorded instrumental songs on guitar, all of which he published to the youtube website.  In 2013, living in Richmond TX, he was diagnosed with Advanced Stage Lung Cancer that had spread to his brain.  He underwent chemotherapy for his lungs and radiation therapy for the brain.  He passed away at home peacefully in the early morning hours of February 14, 2014.

Ivan Bawa

Ivan Bawa

You can visit his online obituary on the Houston Chronicle website here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?pid=169737140

In addition to Elvis Presley as noted earlier, Ivan loved Neil Diamond’s music and he sang many of his songs.  Among many, his notable favorites were the songs “I Am I Said” and “Play Me”. He had also been a fan of the British guitarist Hank Marvin of the group The Shadows, and often played many of their songs, including “Apache”, “Frightened City”, and “Cosy”.  In Indian music he loved to listen to Runa Laila, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Jagjit Singh, and Talat Mahmood, among many others.

If you go on www.youtube.com and search for Ivan Bawa you will find many hindi and western songs that he recorded and uploaded.  Attempts are currently being made to reprint some of his recordings, and some video live clips will be upload to the youtube website in the near future.

The Surfers ~ 60s – 70s

The SurfersThe Surfers© Legendary Musicians of Karachi

Category ~ Band Profile 60s – 70s

The Surfers’ performing at the Sind Club in 1964 with Steve Griffin on drums, Brian Fernandes, Darryl and  Ronnie Buddell on guitars and Dennis Davids on keys.

  Atiq Rehman Good band where is Steven Brian and Dennis

  Bosco D’souza Atiq, Dennis is in Toronto, not sure about the rest.

 Merv Dsouza where is Steve Griffin! Does anyone know Please!

 Robin Panjwaneey Have danced to their music in Metropole.

 Ashley Fraser remember them well..

 Christine Gloria Catherine Wheeler I remember them well.  Denis’ family lived above my family at Regal Mansion, Steve is my cousin. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Steve?

The Surfers

‘The Surfers’  at the Sind Club ~ 1966

  Ashley Fraser nice 1….

 Ron Pinto These pics are awesome Bosco D’souza………Dennis is one great singer and pianist …………………. and good Ole Steve !!

The Surfers

The Surfers at the Sind Club ~ 1968

 Atiq Rehman Nice picture does anybody knows were Steve griffin is?

  Sadaf Munir Wow!!

Photographs contributed by Bosco D’souza

Colour treatment and editing ~ ldg

My Band Experience in Karachi ~ Donald D’silva

Donald Dsilva

In 1958, I moved to F.C.C.H.S.  I grew up with all the guys in the block.  We had great times together, playing all the fun games, doing things which would upset the elders, but those experiences I remember vividly and will always cherish them.

I was relatively shy in high school and a little beyond, but with my experiences playing in the band, things changed for the better.

My interest in music started at an early age.  My mother and some of her siblings played the piano and we would have great party sing-a-longs for all family occasions.  My dad’s mother, Aunty Virgie, was an accomplished pianist and used to teach piano.   I was forced to go to her for piano lessons, but I did not get far as I was more interested in playing with all the block boys.

I joined the St. Patrick’s school band in the early sixties and used to play the clarinet.  I also learned how to play the harmonica.  When we were in school, I learnt  the guitar.  I did not have a guitar, but played with good friends who had a guitar, like Everard Remedios, the late Johnny Aranjo and others, I managed to get pretty good.

I am also indebted to a good friend of mine, Titus Nunes.  I used to go his house in D’Cruz Lane and would get the opportunity to listen to some of the new music, practice the guitar and fool around… singing…
In 1969, we started practicing as a group i.e. Titus Nunes, Willie Po, Peter Patrick, Iggy Castellino and I.  We practiced in Iggy Castellino’s spare house, which we called the “Shack”.

In late 1969, we got an opportunity to play at “The Merchant Navy”.   This was a joint adjacent to The Beach Luxury Hotel, patronized by the shippies.  Less pay but this was considered as a training ground for musicians.  I am greatly indebted to Peter Patrick, who loaned me an electric guitar so that I could be part of the group.

We, like many other musicians will always be thankful to a gentleman named Schwartz, who had a shop in Regal and would rent out amplifiers and PA systems to the Karachi musicians who could not afford to buy the stuff.  We named our group Barbed Wire and sometimes we were Willie and the Po boys.  I played the lead guitar and sang.  This stint lasted for about a year, and ended when the 1971 war with India started.

After that, I completed my B. Comm and started working.  There was no music for me until the end of 1972, when I was approached by Titus Nunes, the late Edgar Saville who asked me if I was interested in joining a group, namely “The In-Crowd”.

The In-Crowd was a very famous and well recognized group in the sixties and into the early seventies.  I agreed to join, this time playing bass guitar and vocals. There was only one member of the original In-Crowd remaining, Edgar Saville.

This lineup comprised of Ronnie Pinto (lead and vocals), Hilary Fialho (drums). Titus Nunes (rhythm guitar and vocals), the late Edgar Saville (keyboard).  After loads of practice and getting our act together, we turned out to be a good group and I believe kept the name of the In-Crowd in good standing.

Edgar Saville was just brilliant with his musical abilities.  I learned a lot from him and also from Ronnie boy, who was a very progressive musician.  We continued playing at the Disco in  Hotel Metropole and had some great times.  We continued at the Disco till it closed in the latter part of 1974.

We then moved to the Beach Luxury Hotel where we played at “Casbah.”  I played for a few months at the Beach Luxury but for personal reasons, quit the group.  I was replaced by David Fredrick and Titus took over playing bass.

I then joined a Chartered Accountant firm, Ford Rhodes Robson Morrow with the aspiration of doing my CA (a dream).  The stipend paid for this stint was rupees 75.00 a month.  I continued with this job until I was approached by Titus Nunes, Hilary Fialho, Ronnie Pinto (from the In-Crowd) and Clarrie Andrade and Alex Gomes (from the Phase – II, who played at the Midway House).  These individuals were in the process of quitting their respective groups due to differences.
I was asked to join the group as a singer, something I was not comfortable doing as I always had a guitar in my hand.  Anyway, they coaxed me into joining this six piece group which was named, “The Familiar Faces”.

The Familiar Faces did not need much practice as all the guys, except myself were still playing, although I had a little catching up to do.  In the first half of 1975, we landed a very lucrative contract at the Hotel Intercontinental (The Nasreen Room).  This was a very sophisticated joint, patronized mainly by the rich and famous.  Playing at the Nasreen Room was a great experience, both from the satisfaction of the music played and the appreciation from the patrons.

There were changes in the band, when Clarrie Andrade and Ronnie Pinto quit to migrate to Canada.   Michael Rodrigues (keyboard) and the late, great Ivan Menezes joined the group.

We continued until early 1977, when due to personal reasons, Michael, Ivan and myself left the group.   A few weeks later, the three of us along with Tony Fernandes aka Tom Jones (drums), formed a band which we named “Schwartz”, honouring the great creator of amplifiers and PA systems.

We played mainly for weddings and were having great deal of success when the unthinkable happened.  We were scheduled to play for a wedding in the evening, when in the afternoon, Ivan Menezes was killed in a motorcycle accident.  That was devastating and his loss was greatly felt.

My final band experience was when, Norman Fernandes, Sidney Fernandes, Edgar Saville, Ronnie Remedios and myself formed a group and played at “The Midway House”.

At the end of 1977, Ronnie Remedios and myself quit the group and that was the end.

My last unofficial band experience was when I was asked to help the Blackjacks, who at that time had Roland Trinidad, Glenn Boyle, Ronnie Remedios, Michael Rodrigues and Bobby Fredrick, who were playing at the Three Aces. I was now working full time at SAS, a great job and free airline travel.  As their main vocalist, Bobby Fredrick left the group, I was asked to help with the vocals until they could get things together. I stayed for a short time with the Blackjacks and did some singing, until Trevor D’Mello was ready to take over with singing and his saxophone.

I can sincerely say, I would never trade this great experience for anything else.  It allowed me become a self confident person and has left me with memories that I will cherish forever.

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Editor’s note:

Donald & Marie Therese live in Toronto, Canada

Looking at the 1973 above photograph, the person on the left is the late Edgar Saville (keyboard), 2nd from the left is Titus Nunes (rhythm guitar and vocals), in the middle is Hilary Fialho (drums), 2nd from the right is Donald D’Silva (bass guitar and vocals) and on the extreme right is Ronnie Pinto (lead guitar and vocals).

Originally posted on ‘FCCHS Live’