“Music is extremely close to our hearts. It transcends all physical and spiritual barriers of caste, creed, religion or region and speaks the universal language of peace and love.” – The Sketches
Jamshoro, a city rich with Sindh culture, art, pottery, language, and poetry; as well as home to the River Indus, is the foundation behind the musical, spiritual and artistic inspiration of Saif Samejo and Naeem Shah: The Sketches.
Saif and Naeem, true to their heritage, have revived forgotten melody and folklore of Sindh.
The Sketches harness vocals and guitar, mainstreaming their culture globally, presenting to the public finely sculpted arrays of sufi alternative rock and pop.
To New York, they perform live on audio and speak of the inception and progression from 2003 to present: http://www.thinktwiceradio.com/sue-marie/audio/120325b.mp3
Naeem and Saif embody an inherent understanding of humanity, the universe, and their placement within. They sing in Sindhi, English, Saraiki and Urdu, breaking international barriers through their gift of music.
Saif states: “What we eventually created was a little different. Our individuality is the developed taste of Sufi and Pop, a merger of East and West.”
The Sketches have performed on MTV Unplugged, MTV Pakistan, BBC Asia and Coke Studio.
They are pioneers, courageous to experiment reaching all people through their innate love and respect for their heritage.
Their live performances in the above audio brought me to tears. It is the first time I have ever been that intensely emotionally and spiritually moved by music.
That is due to what lies within Saif and Naeem: a rare gift to be original and true to who they are.
Saif and guitarist Naeem perform Awal Allah, Hamd:
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Meditative, emotive, raw, yet refined; The Sketches can easily be defined as divine.
Their message is clear: Music is our genre.
By Susan Marie 2012 NY USA