Ronny Khan – Musician Profile

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Music was my passion since child hood and this journey in music began when I was in school.  I studied at Basra School and was in the 6th grade when I discovered a piano that was located near the Nursery and KG classes.

I distinctly remember this pianist, a Christian guy (forgot his name) that used to play on it.  Whenever, I would get the opportunity I would go and stand beside him and watch with amazement.

When I got to the 9th grade I bought a harmonium and an accordion.  At that time the accordion was a rare instrument to come by – hardly 4 or 5 in Karachi, this was sometime in 1972.   Later in 1973 as I was beginning to develop my knowledge in music, I bought a YC 20 with a Fender amp.  On the harmonium and accordion I would play folk, Pakistani and Indian music, few western numbers; Besame muchu etc.  Music is so beautiful that once you begin to understand it, there is no going back.  You want to keep learning and practicing and that gives you an inner fulfilment.

I knew quite a few of the live musicians of Karachi and one of them was Glenn Boyle.  One day he came up to me and communicated that they were in the process of securing a contract at The Midway House – with a condition that they must have an organist in the band.  I was very interested and that’s how I stepped into the live music scene of Karachi.

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Ronny Khan, Ronnie Remedios, Donald Duncan, Mario Rebello and Terence Simpson at The Midway house – New Years Dance

I played with these guys for about 6 months which was a great learning experience for me.  Later, another band came up to me that desperately needed an organist and I happily obliged.  The name of the band was Smiling Faces and I stayed with them at the Midway House for a while.  Later on, Bobby Fredericks and Malcolm joined us and we played there for about two years.

In December of 1975 a new band was in the process of being formed for the new Disco –  The  3 Aces.  Atiq Rehman on drums, Farooq Fatah on bass, Iggy on lead guitar, David Fredericks on vocals and me on the keyboard.  I think most of the musicians of Karachi know the whole story.. and thus the band  Like Harvest came into being.

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Ronny Khan on keys with Like Harvest

In 1978, Atiq Rehman took me, David, Bobby and Shakeel (Dad’s Gratitude) to Dubai.  Titus Nunes was already there.  We played in Dubai for about 3 years and had a great experience there.  We came back in 1980 and right away I joined the Communication.  I have to say that they were the best band I have performed with in my life.  I played with them for around a year and a half and then went solo at Holiday Inn (now Mariott hotel).

By the Grace of God Almighty, the journey is still on.  There were many other small bands in between.  I also had the pleasure of working with the legend, Sohail Rana saab for some time and Niaz Ahmad the tv Composer.

I still continue my music and since 2006 to date – have been playing solo at Karachi Boat Club.

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Standing with Sohail Rana at the opening of Yamaha show room and  school in Clifton – 1988

 

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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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Sound of Silence – The Pereira Sisters

Here is Candy Pereira (Milestones) singing Sound of Silence with her equally talented sisters.  Many of our LMK members have been requesting information about her whereabouts: She left Karachi in the early 90s to settle in Toronto and has gone off the grid to live a more quiet life.  Her sister – Melanie, who is playing the keyboard – sadly passed away.

In addition to recording “We Are One” (also available on YouTube), the Pereira Sisters were able to capture their beautiful harmony, singing a classic throwback, “Sound of Silence.” For the sisters, this song brings forward memories of their youth and performing together before going on to lead their individual lives.

Enjoy:

Richard Thomas – Musician Profile

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Musician Profile:   Richard Thomas

I started playing the drums when I was 10 years old as my brother – George Thomas – was a professional cabaret drummer who played at the Roma Shabana and other popular night clubs in Karachi.   He was in a band and performed at many shows before he left Karachi in the mid 70s.

He taught Anthony D’souza (aka TJ) how to drum.  I used to watch them practice and later when they would finish their session I would get behind the drum set and play.

Filled with enthusiasm, I started playing the drums for the church choir and it was during this period that my interest moved toward the bass guitar.  I used to go to the Legendary Iggy (Egan Fernandes) to learn bass.  Iggy was a cool and quiet person and a genius; not just with the guitar.  I used to pick him up in the evenings and we would  check out other bands that were playing at the time.

I was still quite young when I started playing for talent shows with my age group of friends but eventually started playing with older boys that shared the same passion.

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Dad’s Gratitude

 

My first professional music experience began when I was in the 10th grade with Dad’s Gratitude.  The line up  at the time: Richie D’souza, David Braganza and Rodney Judd and we played at the Midway House.

 

I then joined the Silver Sticks with Sydney D’souza (Norman’s brother) on drums and Ralph DAranjo on guitar at the Horseshoe Restaurant.  Later, Zia – the owner – brought in a Filipino band and gave them the contract.  The Filipino band wanted me to be their bass player, so they sent their bass player home and I was part of this ensemble for a while.  Their female vocalist Ruby was my girlfriend back then but that kind of fizzled off.  We had great fun at the Horseshoe Restaurant and played all kinds of music but mostly disco, funk and reggae.

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Dad’s Gratitude

I must mention that I also played at the 2001 Disco, Beach Luxury and would back up Maxwell Dias when he was with the Keynotes and Blackjacks.

 

After my stint at Horseshoe, I joined up with Anthony D’souza aka TJ – who was our drummer,  Ronnie Khan – our keyboard player, a good friend Shamim on lead guitar and Gerard Vanderlowen on rhythm guitar.   We were all good friends not just band mates!

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Anthony’s (TJ) wedding –  Seated- Vandy, TJ, Lolly, Dr. Shamim and myself. Standing- Gerard Vanderlowen, Gerry Boyle & Khan

After that line-up I moved to the US and continued my music career in Dallas.   I have a band here and we play for many charity events all over the city of Dallas.  I am also a studio musician (self employed), doing session work for many upcoming talented musicians.

I have great appreciation and respect for all our Karachi musicians as I know how much effort and dedication we put into our music.

For the newcomers back home – You guys are doing a great job out there and keep striving for excellence.

Love,
Richard

 

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

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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.

 

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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..

Mansoor Fatah as the Craziest Musician

Those who have watched the Fatah Brothers perform live in their dhotis, barefoot and bare chested in Karachi know that I’m right when I say that they were an extraordinary breed of musicians.

This is Mansoor Fatah as the Craziest Musician.  He did a one man band stint all over Europe with a huge fan base..

People used to say that from outside the hall it sounded like a full band was performing till they finally walked in… Check this out!

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Mansoor Fatah as the Craziest Musician