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

Interview with Arif O Mohammed ~ The Abstracts

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.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/ES/Epiphone/61-Reissue-Casino-50th-Anniversary.aspx

I had mine which was a German made Hofner Galaxie…

http://www.hofner-guitars.com/electric-guitars/solid-body-guitars/galaxie-ct.html

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.

The Abstracts

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

The Abstracts ~ Photographs contributed by Saddiq M.  Artwork by ldg

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

© Legendary Musicians of Karachi

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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Photograph contributed by Siddiq M

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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

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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

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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

Dose of ‘Radiation’ with Angelo D’Cruz

Radiation

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The ‘Radiation’ was a hugely popular ‘live’ band of the 90s.  Probably one of the last few great bands that Karachi had before live entertainment went off the radar.   Much to do I suppose with the in surge of DJs and the decline in venues.

We recently got in touch with Mr. Angelo D’cruz, who is now based in Ontario to tell us more about the band.

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When did  ‘Radiation’ form and who were the original and subsequent members?

The original name was ‘Midnight Liner’.  Sometime during mid ‘87 the name was changed and ‘Radiation’ is what Robert D’cruz came up with.

The original band were Joseph Rodrigues, Robert D’cruz, Bonnie Herbert, Joe Menzes, Rauf and myself Angelo D’cruz.

There were several replacements as time went by however, the final line up prior to windup on February 14, 1996 were: Agnelo Fernandes, Max Dias, Tony D’souza (Tom Jones), Neil Aranjo and myself
The musicians below played with Radiation at some point and then moved on:
Hilary Rodrigues, Melvin Fernandes, Brian Lobo, Glen D’cruz, John Saville, Norman D’souza

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Radiation

We here at LMK are promoting the live bands and musicians of the past and therefore want to know more about your initial years with the ‘Radiation’?

How did it all start? Were you playing regularly and where?

We initially started playing for weddings and live shows and the band took off from there.  Next we were asked to play at consulates like the US Embassy, British Embassy and others.  We also performed for corporate clients like ANZ Bank, American Express and others.  In addition to that, we played for private parties at Defence and Clifton; The Rotary Club, Yatch Club, Sindh Club etc.  

We were gigging all over town despite our regular contract at ‘The Village’; which we held for 9 years.  Hilary Furtado also gave us the opportunity to play at a resort in Islamabad.

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Radiation

What are your fondest musical memories in Karachi?  Tell us a bit about the atmosphere back then.

We had many good times together as a band and enjoyed every moment.  Yes! we were always on the go and it did get hectic and exhausting as all the musicians had day jobs but that never impacted our performance as a band at any event.  We always gave our best!  

The Christmas season was the busiest and we never had a day free.  We also had an advantage playing at the Village Restaurant as the management there were extremely good to us and gave us time off during the busy season.

What kind of music were the ‘Radiation’ most drawn towards? The music that you as a band enjoyed playing?

We played all kinds of music from rock and roll to country to classic to hip hop.  We played what the people enjoyed and tried to keep up with the new music coming in and always catered to our audience’s request.

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Radiation

As one of the best live bands of the 90s.  Why did the ‘Radiation’ decide to disband?

Radiation was well known  and were playing for almost all occasions in Karachi.  The band was at its highest peak of fame when we decided to disband.  It was the perfect time to do so as we had reached our pinnacle and were known and loved.   

We wanted the name of the band to stay at that level when it all came to a close as we were losing members/musicians that wanted to pursue other opportunities.

Max was going to join a three piece band, Tony and I were heading to Canada.  The rest of the members did not want to carry on so it was a mutual decision to end at the KGA Valentine Dance.   Only upon request by some to-be-wed couples did we form up to play at their weddings.

Something for the upcoming musicians…  A thought, a slogan

Enjoy every moment of your musical career.  

And even though it all seems very entertaining, never lose sight of your dedication and give every performance more than your best.

 

interviewed by ~ ldg

Razzmatazz! From Headbanging to Rock ~ by Adrian Fletcher

Razzmatazz ~ 80s – 90s
Artwork ~ by ldg © Legendary Musicians of Karachi

The first instrument I picked up was the bass guitar.   I was 8 or 9 years old and desperately wanted to join a choir as a musician.

At the time, Christ the King parish needed a bassist so I jumped at the opportunity and taught myself as much as I could and joined the choir.

This did not last long as my mum sent me off to Quetta in the mid 70’s, where I attended St. Francis’ Grammer school and lived at the hostel.   I couldn’t continue playing bass but  did join the school band where I picked up the side drum and that’s how my interest in drumming started.

I played in the school band for about three years and then returned to Karachi.  I joined St. Patrick’s Technical School and stopped my music for a while but always had this urge to form my own band.

In those days I was into hard core heavy metal, following bands like Deep Purple, Led Zepplin, Mega Death,  AC/DC, Accept, Doken, Aero Smith,  Athrax,  Boston, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Ronnie James Dio, Dokken, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, KISS, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Rush, Scorpions, Slayer, Ted Nugent, Tesla & Van Halen.

I idolized drummers like Ian Pace (Deep Purple), Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) & Nikko (Iron Maiden) and picked up a lot from their performances.  As time passed, I mellowed down.  Started listening to Rock and other genres.

It was sometime in the early 90’s when we moved to Mehmoodabad (FUNKY TOWN) and our neighbours were Darryl and Ricky Leachay.  Ricky was playing for ‘Visions’ and Darryl and I would go to Village and hang out with the musicians.

We used to play sessions with them and the drummer in me returned followed by this desire to form a band.

All credit goes to Ricky and Darryl;  these guys really encouraged me.  At first, I was pretty uncertain as Karachi had seasoned musicians/bands like Visions, Black Jacks, Keynotes, Experiments etc performing all over town.   But when Stephen Gonsalves joined the same company that I was working for, us wanna-be musicians decided to give it a shot and formed RAZZMATAZZ (1).

RAZZMATAZZ started off with Stephan on bass, Me on drums and we pulled in Atif Mujahid (Ricky’s student) on Lead ‘n’ Rhythm.   The three of us jammed at my place for a couple of months.   Lined up 10 songs and then pulled in Ashley Clements (vocals) and Thomas “TIM” D’souza on keyboards.

There was something missing in our band and it wasn’t sounding as “BIG” as I wanted it too and after we did a session at the Village, I felt we needed more musicians.  So in came Tahir Khan (guitars) to support Atif and Jason D’costa (sax/vocals) to back up Ashley.

At that time the only guys with professional equipment were Atif & TahirStephen had a Chinese bass guitar ‘n’ local amp.  I had a local drum set (Made in Sialkot).   Ashley sang thru mono mic and we used a stereo deck as a PA, Timmy had a small Yamaha key board and plugged it into Stephen’s amp but we jammed continuously, 6 days a week, happily for a year on these instruments before we actually came out of our cocoon and started hitting the main stage.

Again, it was Visions that gave us our first break on the main stage when they invited us for a full session at Hotel Metropole and after that Razzmatazz took off.  We started getting gigs from all over; weddings, corporate shows, private shows.

This line up lasted a good five years after which Stephen and Ashley decided to part ways and formed a three piece band at the Pearl ContinentalAtif left for higher studies and everything kind of drifted apart.

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

During those 5 years I started upgrading my kit. I went from a local set to a DIXON and then I heard that big gun Malcolm was selling his Fibre Glass/ transparent kit, I jumped to that and bought it off him and had it for the longest time when I finally got myself a TAMAROCKSTAR when I went to Singapore.

When Razzmatazz split, I was disappointed but determined to recruit some more musicians and form up again.  After a couple of months I met Alan D’cruz and threw the idea at him.  We hooked up with Kevin “Bobby” Fernandez and pulled in more guys and the line up for RAZZMATAZZ was REBORN with: Kevin “BOBBY” Fernandes  (Vocals), Alex Manuel (keyboard), Titus Periera (rhythm / lead), Charles Suares (rhythm guitar and vocals), Alan D’cruz (bass and vocals) ‘n’ me (drums and back up vocals).

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 Stephen Gonsalvas (bass)

This new line up hit the stages again and spent another good 5 years together after which we called it quits and I put my sticks away.

I kept up with the music and after about 6 years, Kevin “Bobby” Fernandez, approached me about forming a Rock band where we would concentrate on our own compositions and music and go main stream.

It was a great idea and I had been away from live music for a long time so I was quite eager to get back into shape and behind a kit.  Kevin introduced me to Omar Khalil who played the guitars and we pulled in Blaise “Carlos” Pereira on bass and started jamming covers.

After a few months I felt the need of pulling in another guitarist to support Omar, so I met Sean at St. Anthony’s Mela and we spoke about music and I asked him to come and jam with us and he certainly impressed us so Sean Arnaz got a spot on rhythm ‘n’ lead and the line up was complete.

Razzmatazz II ~ Adrian Fletcher (drums) Kevin Fernandes (Vocals) Alex Manuel (Keyboard), Titus Periera (Rhythm / Lead) Charles Suares (Rhythm Guitar and Vocals), Alan D’cruz (bass and vocals)

We named the band Phoenix which was later renamed HALF AN EYE.   We started off with covers from Creed, Nickelback, Metallica, REM, Chris Daughtery, Chris Cornel etc as well as our own original compositions.

During the 6 years that I was outta the live music scene I wrote several lyrics/songs, so Sean, Kevin and myself started working on those compositions.  Sean came up with some real good melodies and with input from Kevin and myself, we recorded some amazing tracks which are available on:

http://www.reverbnation.com/main/global_search?q=half%20an%20eye&commit=GO#!/halfaneye

HALF AN EYE: Winners of GBOB Pakistan:

One of my colleagues from Indonesia told me about GBOB (GLOBAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS /http://www.gbob.com ) where bands from over 30 countries take part and when I checked the website, I saw that Pakistan was also on that list so I contacted the organizers and signed up ‘Half An Eye’ for this competition.

It was tough and only bands with original compositions could join.  We got in and found out that bands from all over Pakistan were participating.  On the day of the performance, which took place in Karachi, there were about 10-12 bands but we performed with full confidence and put up a good show and won the GBOB and were ready to go to the UK for the world finals.  But unfortunately having green passports, the British Embassy declined our visas so we couldn’t go.

‘Half An Eye’ split after a couple of years when I moved to the US and Kevin got a job in Dubai.  But we left behind great memories.

And God willing… will not die out in the Underground Music World of Pakistan.

MY IDOL DRUMMERS:

Ian Pace (Deep Purple)

Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)

Nikko (Iron Maiden)

Neil Peart (Rush)

Carter Beauford (Dave Mathews Band)

LOCAL DRUMMERS THAT INSPIRED ME:

Malcom

Ainsley Hifield

KITS THAT I OWNED:

Paki Made Kit

DIXON

LUDWIG FIBER GLASS / TRANSPARENT KIT

TAMA ROCK STAR

TAMA SWING STAR

TAMA SUPER STAR

TAMA SUPER STAR HYPER DRIVE

KITS THAT I’VE JAMMED ON:

ALL THE ABOVE AND

MAXTON

YAHAMA

SONOR

PEARL

DW

MY DREAM KIT:

TAMA STARCLASSIC BUBINGA OMNI-TUNE

Visions with ‘live’ recordings ~ by Darryl Leachay

© Legendary Musicians of Karachi

Photographs contributed by Sabby Patrick and ldg
Artwork ~ by ldg

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The VISIONS were formed in 1984-85 by Eric Lucas, Ricky Leachay, Trevor D’cruz, Clifford Lucas and myself Darryl Leachay.  We immediately struck a contract at the famous Village restaurant.

Track 1 of 3  ~ an old ‘live’ recording done over 2 decades ago.
Musicians
Eric Lucas ~ vocals
Richard Coelho ~ saxophone
Rick Leachay ~ lead
Cliffy Lucas ~ keys
Allan Smith ~ on drums
Darryl Leachay ~ bass

During the initial years the band went through many changes.  Ronnie James from the AXE ATTACK joined us.  Trevor DCruz RIP was replaced by Glen DCruz.

Ronnie then went back to his old band AXE ATTACK.

Visions L-R ~ Clifford Lucas (keys), Richard Coelho (front sax), Rick Leachay (lead),
Ronnie James (vocals), Allan Smith (drums), Sabby Patrick (front sax) and Darryl Leachay (bass)

The live music industry was doing pretty well during the late 80s and we had several good bands playing at all the hotels and other locations, always looking for musicians.  Kevin Francis joined us for a short period before he moved to X-PERIMENTS.  He was replaced by Gerard Vandelowen, who eventually quit the VISIONS to join the BLACK JACKS.

Track 2 of 3  ~ an old ‘live’ recording done over 2 decades ago.
Musicians
Ronnie James ~ vocals
Richard Coelho and Sabby Patrick ~ saxophone
Rick Leachay ~ lead
Cliffy Lucas ~ keys
Allan Smith ~ on drums
Darryl Leachay ~ bass

The venue subsequently moved from the Village restaurant to the Plaza hotel Casablanca.  Ronnie James joined us once again and along came an additional musician, Richard Coelho on the saxophone.

Visions L-R ~ Clifford Lucas, Rick Leachay, Richard Coelho, Allan Smith,
Ronnie James, Eric Lucas and Darryl Leachay

The Visions became extremely popular with the younger crowd as we were not just doing commercial music but added some rock tunes which made us uniquely different at the time.

In addition, we performed at exclusive shows, parties, dances, wedding till about the ’90s. We also played at the WOOD AND CAVE, KEWAL and all the five star hotels in Karachi.

Visions ~ Jason Dsouza, Rick Leachay, Sabby Patrick, Richard Coelho

Glen DCruz our drummer quit Visions and joined the Radiations and Allan Smith moved from Keynotes to Visions.

Eric Lucas left us and headed out to the US and Sabby Patrick stepped in.

Visions L – R ~ Richard Coelho, Rick Leachay
and Allan Smith

Next Ronnie James left for Australia and then Clifford Lucas decided to leave and tag up with Kevin Francis at the AVARI TOWERS.

In came Christopher Rangel.

Visions L – R ~ Darryl Leachay, Rick Leachay, Allan Smith, Sabby Patrick, Clifford Lucas, Ronnie James and Richard Coelho

Eventually the VISIONS line up looked something like this; Allan Smith on Drums, Christopher Rangel on Keyboards, Ricky Leachay on lead, Richard Coelho and Sabby Patrick on saxophone and myself Darryl Leachay on bass.  The above line up were together till 1993.

Then Alan Smith joined the Milestones and Gumby joined the Visions.  That line up lasted till 1994.

Track 3 of 3  ~ a ‘Visions‘ original  also recorded 20 years ago.
Musicians
Eric Lucas ~ vocals
Richard Coelho and Hilary Furtado on this track ~ saxophone
Rick Leachay ~ lead
Cliffy Lucas ~ keys
Allan Smith ~ on drums
Darryl Leachay ~ bass

Ricky Leachay left for WHAT’S HAPPENING at the SHERATON,  Sabby left for Canada, Richard quit because of work and Gumby started free lancing with other musicians.

Visions L – R ~ Eric Lucas and Rick Leachay

Christopher and myself (Darryl) continued to keep the Visions going and added new members; Lawrence Soares on drums, Jason on vocals Hillary Rodrigues on saxophone and my good friend Bonny Herbert on lead.  We finally disbanded around 1998 when I finally moved to Canada.

 

Correction Noted

Christopher Rangel ~ hmm i think the drummer’s name is Peter – well at least that is what we called him lolz

Sylvester D’souza ~ That’s Peter Charles on the drums!

 

Some great musicians played with us for short periods whom I would certainly like to mention:


Solomon Clements

Joe Menezes

Tino Pinto

Robert Dsouza

Ashley Clements

Johnny Dsouza

George Paulose

David Joseph 

Brian Lobo

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Comments:

Darryl Leachay ~ good times………

Allan Smith ~ Right there bro.
Emily Dias ~ Allan u look cute … good old days
Adrian Fletcher Hehehe … It looks like Cliffie got punched in the eye 🙂 (referring to one of the photographs above)
Colin DeSouza ~ Where is Eric Lucas.  Is he on Facebook?

Peace Pipes ~ 60s

‘Peace Pipes’ ~ Danny Manuel, Tony Fernandes, Leon Davis, and Manuel (Manu) Fernandes.
Artwork ~ by ldg © Legendary Musicians of Karachi

© Legendary Musicians of Karachi

The Band ‘Peace Pipes’ at the Catholic Colony,  September 1968 with Danny Manuel, Tony Fernandes, Leon Davis & Manuel Fernandes.

Category ~  Musicians of Karachi
Photograph contributed by Charlotte Gomes
Artwork ~ by ldg

Comments:

Theresa Barrett ~ Hey Lynette, that is my uncle Tony on drums! Wow, where did you get this pic.  It is priceless.  I don’t think I have ever seen pics of Tony and the band in their heyday.  Thanks for posting. This is very special!

Solomon David Clements ~  bass player is danny manuel , guitar player looks like manuel fernandes

Charlotte Gomes ~ Hey Lyn, thanks so much for posting this.. you are such a sweetheart.  I will send this to Manu and Rosy (Clive’s parents).. I just spoke to Manu a few days ago and he said he really appreciated this.. thanks 🙂

Richard Phillips ~ Wow that’s my cousin Leon this is in the house that his sister Dawn is still living in.

Robin Panjwaneey ~ Saw them playing at the old village restaurant which was THEN next to the Metropole Hotel.

Neil Clemonz ~ LMK is an excellent & outstanding chronological memoirs of all the great musicians that have contributed even sacrificed, over the years and generations, with their unique muscianship, talents & pure genius, they really are the pioneers & founders, responsible for planting the seed of world class music in Karachi.  That is why they will always be remembered and revered with utmost  love, gratitude and admiration 🙂

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