The Milestones Project – Jana Nahe

The Milestones Project returns…. in their usual distinctive style with this unconventional new disco/funk track called Jana Nahi..
“Sound of Evolution” as Ali Tim describes it… however, is Karachi ready for this track mastered at Abbey Roads Studio, London.
Well I do hope so.. because we at Legendary Musicians of Karachi absolutely love it..

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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!

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Ali Darvesh aka Koukab – Nite People

Musician Profile:  Ali Darvesh aka Koukab

My inspiration for music stemmed from my father – Hamid Hussain Khan – who was a solow sarangi musician that performed in the sub-continent before partition.  He was my guide and ustad and played an instrumental roll in teaching me classical music even though it was for just a very short period of time.

My professional music career began in 1988 with a band called Nite People.  It was an amazing experience as during this time I also worked for Mohammad Ali Sheyaki.  Together with Nite People and Sheyaki, we performed for so many big, high profile concerts all over Pakistan, Dubai and the UK.

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Nite People – 1980s

I was with Nite People as their lead vocalist for 12 amazing years and released 3 albums through Shalimar Recording Company.  The musicians in this line-up were:  Saleem Batcha Shaikh, Shamma, myself Koukab – Ali Darvesh and Asif Abdullah 

I would like to add that I also worked on many tv shows in Karachi centre, Quetta centre and Islamabad centre.  I was involved in tv programmes:  Gajar, Apkey Leyey, Yung Tarung, Music 89, Omang, Naey Rung and many more that I can’t recall at the moment.

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As a professional musician, I had the opportunity to work with Senior TV Producers like Saera Kazmi, Sultana Siddequi, Marghoob Ahmad, Affifa, Kazim Pasha, Zaheer Ahmad, Iqbal Hayder, Ghzanfar Ali and many more.

 

Then, I joined Keynotes – Karachi’s top musicians at the time.  This band only performed English music and I learnt so much from Hilary Furtado (RIP) and Maxwell Dias.  We worked together for 8 memorable years.   I had an amazing experience with the live bands of Karachi and miss all of them.

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I’m on vocals having a great time with my Karachi live musicians.  I miss these guys. Ashley Clements, Nadeem, my dearest brother Shujaat, Alex, Russell, Tahir and Jason Anthony

It was really tragic when Shujaat passed away.  He was like a brother to me and all of us musicians really loved this guy.

The music in my albums have been written and composed by me and I have always believed that you have to keep working hard in music… always..

Keep pursuing and developing your talents and skills.

My favourite singers are Yasu Dass Ji, Mehdi Hassan, Kishore and Nusrat Fateh Ali.

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Was honoured to perform live for Mr. Pervez Musharraf

I am still a professional musician but have since moved and settled in the UK.  Among the many gigs that I have performed here, the most recent one was a live performance with Muni Begum at Cavendish Banqueting on Edgware Road in London.  I have even had the opportunity to perform for many distinguished guests here in the UK.

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Mayor of East London

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In Karachi, everyone will remember me as Koukab but here in the UK I am known as Ali Darvesh.

 

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Nite People. Saleem B. Shaikh, Shamma, Koukab with the late Mr. Alex Rodrigues

 

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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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The Surfers ~ 60s – 70s

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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?

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‘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 !!

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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

Interview with Arif O Mohammed ~ The Abstracts

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Category ~ Band Profile 60s – 70s

Hello Folks!!

We recently got hold of some rare photographs of the band ‘The Abstract’s of the late 60s courtesy Mr. Siddiq M.

For us here at LMK, it is a privileged moment to connect with these great old musicians and would like to thank Siddiq for arranging this interview for us.

Siddiq is the son of Mr. Arif O Mohammed, guitarist of ‘The Abstracts’.

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Mr. Arif O Mohammed, it is truly a pleasure for LMK to have you with us.  As you are aware, our initiative is to promote Karachi’s legendary ‘live’ bands and musicians of the past, therefore tell us more about your band ‘The Abstracts’.

I am a big fan of your website ever since my son pointed it out to me and for people of my generation it is a great way of reliving our youth again in our old age!  Thank you for this chance to share some of my memories.

I remember those days very fondly.  During the period of ‘67 to ‘69 we played together.  We were in college then; I was in Dawood Engineering College and must have been aged 21-22.  I knew a little bit of guitar, so when Arif Baroucha wanted to form a band he called me.

He is my cousin from my mother’s side.  He had his guitar which was a white arch top guitar and a sort of unbranded replica of a Gibson Casino.

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I had mine which was a German made Hofner Galaxie…

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My Father, Mr. Obaid Mohammad who had worked in Pakistan Telecommunications and later in the United Nations used to travel often to Europe on official business.  During one of his trip’s to Germany he acquired the guitar from some of his friends there.

At that time in Karachi finding guitars was rare enough and we would make do with whatever we could get.  Hofner guitars were a popular brand in the 60’s and all bands like the Beatles /Stones were playing it.  There was Paul Mcartney’s bass and Keith Richards’s first guitar was a Hofner.

So having the actual German made Hofner made me a real swinger in town…. or at least an asset to the band because of my gear.

We started out with cheap unbranded transistor amps, which was all we could get our hands on.

The amps we had at the time were the ones with metal coils inside and they would heat up quickly.  We would have to go every couple of months to the electricians to replace/ unwind the coil.

A little later Mamdu somehow managed to acquire the Vox AC30 Amplifier http://www.voxamps.com/custom/ac30/ which was a sweet sounding amp and another 60’s staple and our pride and joy.  The amp tone was pretty special.

Our Guitar Guru was a mysterious older cousin of mine Mr. Ayub who used to live in Japan, but came to Karachi for extended periods of time. We weren’t really sure what he did.   He was an excellent guitarist who could play Rock n Roll and Blues and some Classical Guitar as well.

He had an amazing ear and could work out songs after only a few listens.  He used to teach Arif B songs who would then teach me and  Mamdu; and Thaadeus (drums) would pick up the songs quite quickly.

Mr. Ayub never played professionally or with a band and would only play at home as a hobby.  I used to have a music book as well “US School of Music” which taught basics and learned to read a bit.  Arif B “borrowed” the book from me one day never to be seen again.

Mamdu (bass) was my neighbour in PECHS Block 6 where we used to live.  His Father was a photographer and they owned a photography shop in Elphinstone St.  They were doing pretty good with the business.   Thaddeus (Drums) was the Anglo member of the band.  He came through Mamdu’s connection as his Father knew much of the Christian community living around Elphinstone St as his business was there.


In the summer of 67 we met for our first jam at my house in PECHS.  We jammed out some of our favourite tunes of the day.  If I recall I was the one who came up with the name “Abstracts”.  We didn’t really call ourselves anything and didn’t have a real goal or purpose;  just enjoyed the music,  so it seemed like a fitting name at the time.  Yeah, we decided the name and then stuck it on our drum kit!

After Jamming and practicing for a while mainly at my house or at Mamdus, we got our first gig in 67.  It was a musical night mainly for students in one of the Cinema halls in Saddar.  There were other bands though don’t recall the names.  It was mainly kids with well off parents who supported them in their hobby with equipment, and we also fell in that category.

We did have one of the best guitars my Hofner and later on Mamdus Vox Amp.  We did a short set of about 5 -6 songs that we had been practicing almost every weekend for a few months and gave a pretty good performance: our parents family and friends were proud.

After the initial show we got offers to play other gigs.  Mamdu was the main marketing and financing guy and was able to hook us up with shows, mainly through his Father who was well connected because of the photography business.   Thaddeus who was part of the Anglo community knew lots of musicians and was able to get shows as well.

We probably did a total of 15-20 shows, some were small some were quite big.  We played a few shows at Karachi university, different events like charity shows, balls, culture nights.  We played at some of the cinemas that had different musical nights, we used to play at the Airport hotel which had a bar at that time.

Our biggest show’s were at the Hotel Metropole where we were the main headlining show.   This was around 1968-9 when we had a good year or so of playing as a band and the sound was coming together.

There wasn’t any main front man but Arif Baroucha was the main talent.  He was the best guitar player among us and could play stuff like Ventures to note.  I was mainly playing rhythm, we were always switching instruments around sometime Mamdu on Bass sometimes myself.  Arif would often play the Hofner as he was the best player.  We would switch singing sometime myself on the Elvis songs, but mainly Arif B.   Mamdu was a good bassist who played simple but tight.  Thaddeus was a solid drummer with a natural talent and could pick up things very quickly.  He would mostly just play the drums and smile.  Thaddeus had the typical working musician’s ethic and would only play with us if he was getting paid.  We would get around Rs. 75-100 for a good paying show, which was good pocket money back then.   Oh and yes we also had Uniforms which were the Suits I wore the white one.

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Share your experience of the live entertainment in Karachi during the 60s – 70s? What was the atmosphere back then?

It was like live and let live, we had bars, concerts, cabarets.  A lot of the activities were in the proper “clubs”.  Sindh Club had a band, The Metropole had a band, The Dhaka Club had a band.  We would go to the Beach Luxury hotel and watch the Dutch band there who were the most talented band around at the time, they would play Rock and Jazz.

There were a few bars that you could go to in the hotels.  One of the hotels we would go to was the Intercontinental Hotel, which had bars and a Cabaret.  We would sometimes sneak into the Cabarets, even though it was quite open and anyone could go there.  I would often go with my old school friend Javed.  There were exotic dancers in some places (seriously!) and you had dancers from Turkey, East Europe, and Philippines.  One of the hang outs was the Bar in the International Hotel where we would get a table and hide our bottles under the table in case any of our parents, friends were around.  There was a Piano there and guitar and any one could sing songs.  Shahid Sheikh was another friend of ours who would perform there and we would often join him on different songs.   His special number was “Tie a ribbon on the old oak tree” an old Tony Orlando number. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjqBhZj_37U. We would be singing along with other people, the place would also turn into a dance hall and there would be dance music.  We had no fear of the police or anything at that time.

What kind of music was ‘The Abstracts’ drawn towards?

We used to play Elvis Presley’s “Sentimental Me”, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KelG77t4qTQ) and Elvis’s “Muss I Denn (Wooden heart)”, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9W6m_PhXq4) which had that German part that I would sing as I knew a bit of German. We were big Elvis Presley fans and he was my Hero growing up and probably still is.  Other songs were your regular Elvis staples “Jail House Rock”, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbre48NgBOg) “Blue Suede Shoes” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm5HKlQ6nGM “Love me tender” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoriFtRVGQs. Other artists we would cover are the Beatles, “I Wanna Hold your Hand” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKHFUKZ-IXE “Yesterday”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Wg5nwOs9E , Of course the Rolling Stones, “Satisfaction” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhNm3WI8myM which was the biggest thing at the time.  We did some Venturers – “Walk don’t run” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW21rcHiVU0 and other which were Arif B’s specialty.  Some Monkeys “Im a Believer” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfuBREMXxts. We did “Blue Berry Hill” Fats Domino http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQQCPrwKzdo.

We have heard a few of your tracks courtesy Stewart Ellis on the album ‘Pakistan Folk and Pop Instrumentals’. Tell us about the initial project.  How did it come about?

I finished college in ’69 and then left for Germany to work, so I had to leave the band during a time when we seemed to be going places which was a hard decision.  I also needed some money to set up there so had to sell my Hofner Guitar in Karachi…which was a mistake!

I don’t recall who I sold it to but wouldn’t be surprised if it is still intact and lying in someone’s basement or cupboard.  And so, if you’re reading this and have a Vintage 60’s Hofner lying around, I would be happy to buy it back.  Truth is ill probably never know what happened to that guitar, it’s one of those memories that just seem to have been lost in time.

I believe Arif Barocha and Thaddeus Pinto continued to play on and later heard that they had made an 45 rpm, but I sort of lost touch with them.  I don’t know if Mamdu continued to play either.  I listened to the Abstracts tracks on your site recently and the playing sounds familiar like maybe it could be Arif B and Thaddeus, but cannot be sure if they are on the record.

What would you like to impart to the young musicians of Karachi? A thought, a slogan ?

Just enjoy your music and enjoy your freedom……..

 

Interviewed ~ by ldg

Artwork ~ by ldg

 

The Abstracts ~ Circa 68

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The Abstracts circa 68′
Photographs contributed by Saddiq M. and Artwork by ldg

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Category ~ Band Profile 60s – 70s


The Abstracts ~ The only information that I have been able to retrieve so far is that Arif O Mohammad was the guitarist, Arif Barocha was on lead, Mamdu was on bass and Thaddeus Pinto on drums.

I am trying to get some more information up here shortly.   If you know anyone that can help then please get in touch with me right away ~ ldg

Check out the track below

The Abstracts – Sindhi Bhairvin

Pakistan – Folk And Pop Instruments 1966 – 1976 – Compilation

Karachi • Lahore • Peshawar – situated between Afghanistan • India • Iran

Sublime Frequencies –
Special thanks to Stuart Ellis

 

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The Abstracts ~ Arif O Mohammad (guitarist), Arif Barocha (lead), Mamdu (bass) and Thaddeus Pinto (drums).

The Abstracts ~ Arif O Mohammad (guitarist),
Arif Barocha (lead), Mamdu (bass) and Thaddeus Pinto (drums).

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The Abstracts circa 68'

The Abstracts ~ Arif O Mohammad (guitarist),
Arif Barocha (lead), Mamdu (bass) and Thaddeus Pinto (drums).

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The Abstracts circa 68'

The Abstracts ~ Arif O Mohammad (guitarist),
Arif Barocha (lead), Mamdu (bass) and Thaddeus Pinto (drums).

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The Abstracts circa 68'

The Abstracts ~ Arif O Mohammad (guitarist),
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The Abstracts circa 68'

The Abstracts ~ Arif O Mohammad (guitarist),
Arif Barocha (lead), Mamdu (bass) and Thaddeus Pinto (drums).

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The Abstracts circa 68'

The Abstracts ~ Arif O Mohammad (guitarist),
Arif Barocha (lead), Mamdu (bass) and Thaddeus Pinto (drums).

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Photograph contributed by Siddiq M