The Sketches is a new Sufi band from Jamshoro, Sindh, which is based on two members, the lead vocalist Saif Samejo and guitarist Naeem Shah. Recently, they worked with Jono Manson, who is an American singer-songwriter, in their first ever international musical collaboration in ‘Project Khahori’. The details of this joint venture are also on the official website of Jono Manson. It is a Sur of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai musically rendered in both English in Sindhi and it will be the first of its kind ever.
The Sketches band members have been a fan of Jono Manson since long and after entering into the Pakistani music industry, they immediately contacted him through an email to which they even got a personal reply from him. After an exchange of couple of emails, they decided they should do a joint venture. Having both been inspired from the great Sindhi Sufi poet, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s poetry, they decided to cover it musically together and worked on ‘Sur Khahori’ which is about a wandering seeker.
A video has been planned to be shot of this Sufi song in Sindh soon with Jono Manson also being part of it. This will be the first ever Sufi/Sindhi collaboration with an international artist. Further details of this collaboration and an interview with the artists, both The Sketches and Jono Manson, could be read in the next issue of The Mag Weekly.
It is also interesting to note that Mr Manson’s music has been featured in numerous Hollywood film soundtracks, including:
- The Postman (1997 Warner Bros.)
- Kingpin (1996 New Line Cinema)
- Eight Days a Week (1999 Warner Bros.)
- On the Borderline (2000 Lions Gate)
- Winding Roads (2000 Goldenlight)
- Freedom (2009 Independent)
- I Heart Shakey (2012 Amarok)