Jogi by The Sketches bags a nomination at New Mexico Music Awards

Jogi is the first single from the forthcoming full-length album of The Sketches.

News Desk April 15, 2014

Jogi, a song by Pakistani sufi-rock band The Sketches, has been nominated for Best Song in the World Beat category at the New Mexico Music Awards. The winner will be announced on May 31.

Jogi is the first single from the forthcoming full-length album of The Sketches. Produced by American singer and songwriter Jono Manson, the track was recorded in Pakistan and the US, and features a guest appearance by Grammy Award winning harmonica player John Popper.

Pioneers of sufi-folk rock music, The Sketches started in Jamshoro, Sindh and consists of the band’s lead vocalist Saif Samejo and (former guitarist) Naeem Shah. Their motherland has always been a major inspiration and that is evidently portrayed in their work.

“It obviously feels great to be nominated in an international music festival, because in local award shows there is bias involved,” Saif Samejo to the Express Tribune. “Even if your nomination/victory is well-deserved, there will always be people criticising.”

“We don’t have high expectations, but it feels great to sit in one corner of the world and create something, and watch it being appreciated in another part of the world,” Samejo added, sharing his sentiments towards the nomination.


Sufi | 7 years ago | Reply

Though many in Pakistan abandon to sing folk/rock/pop due to fear of terror and less profit, you stand firm like a Sufi. Thanks for singing beautifully! This is a way forward for Peace in Pakistan.

ali | 7 years ago | Reply well done. keep going
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