The Sketches ft Gumby, Faraz Anwar & Jono – Main Sufi Hoon (Single Review)

December 1, 2012

By Hasan Faridi

It was the year 2003 when Saif and Naeem decided to step into the world of music to create a band named The Sketches that would bring people together through folk and Sufi music.

The Sketches released their debut album back in February 2010 by the name of “Dastkari”, and since then, they’ve come a long way these past two years (even having more than 70,000 fans on Facebook).

Coke Studio Season 4 Hoarding in Lahore (More Artists Revealed)

Just one day before the release of the second episode of Coke Studio Season 4, we are seeing the billboards of Coke Studio in Lahore that reveals all the artists of this season.

Mole, Sami Sahab, Sketches and many more unfamiliar artists are revealed on these billboards, who will be featured in the upcoming episodes Coke Studio.

PS: The Coca-Cola Company has also started giving free Coke Studio CDs for buying two 1.5 litre bottles. The CDs are a collection of songs from all three seasons of Coke Studio.

Below are the pictures of the Coke Studio billboards taken by Da Max.

A New Generation of Rock

By Zeerak Ahmed

The rise of Bilal Khan, the Aunty Disco Project & Uth records has signaled the coming of a new generation of rock music from Pakistan’s renewed underground scene. After the rise of Noori and eP, along with Indus Music, the VJ generation and a post Junoon revelation, it seems that generation of rockers will take a new place in Pakistan’s rock industry.

The energetic rock anthems have since become somewhat hollow, and as Pakistan’s politics and society have hit new rock bottoms, rock has had to find new issues, new emotions to deal with. It seems the big guns have had to deal with social issues, and bringing audiences back together. Strings, Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar and then Noori to some degree have tried to mature their pop acts into deeper, more relevant offerings.

Some may say however, that this generation did not live up to its promise. Despite the phenomenal rise of 2003’s musicians, many have released only a handful of songs, let alone albums. Atif has been an exception

Spread Your Message of Peace Through Sketches’ Upcoming Video

November 1, 2010

Sketches the band, a duo, which has already made it big in the Pakistani musicsphere is up and ready to launch yet another music video from their debut album “Dastkari”. The upcoming video, Kanton Ki Dewaren, is a humanitarian effort by the band which provides a platform to anyone with any nationality to step forth with their message of peace and be part of the video to reach across thousands of viewers.

Just write your message on a simple banner/sheet and record a video or take a snap while holding that. Email the content to and you might just appear in the upcoming video if your message is really influential.

Sketches – Raat (Song / Video Review)

September 26, 2010

By Hani Arif

The vast desert, nomads, acquaintances made that never go further because they vanish in the sands, the colorful souls, people whose physical features and inner selves are sculpted with the winds that blow and the air that is breathed by them. This is Sindh.

All of the above is showcased in Sketches latest video release Raat (Moomal/Rano). From the beginning chords of the guitar and the flute to the individual solos that end with similar notes being played on them simultaneously, the song quite simply talks about longing and the ever present waiting period. Almost all Pakistani music usually has a lot of emphasis given to the vocalist where the voice has very strong presence in a song. Saif’s vocals are a bit different, as in this track they are more ambient and at a pitch more reserved for backing vocalists.

A Band Called ‘The Sketches’ (Interview)

September 21, 2010


Sadaf Fayyaz

Tell a bit about your background – your education and childhood.

Saif: I was born in an educated family. Up to secondary education I did all, what a kid can do but onward I felt myself a little bit reserved since childhood then and always attracted towards nature. I was an average student. I did my graduation in English literature and masters in business administration.

Naeem: Born in a simple but educated family. Since childhood my family especially father supported me a lot. I was an average student and was closer to nature. I studied fine arts (sculpture) and learnt guitar too.