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Before Coachella: There Was Hawkesbay Beach

Pictured here are young girls in trousers and skirts at Hawkes Bay Beach, located in Karachi, Pakistan – once a staple on many a celebrity musician’s calendar, young students far and wide flocked here in the 1960s.

Karachi’s Hawkesbay Beach had live music at parties, discos and weddings. Legends such as Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Count Bassey and The Beatles played.


Backstage at Wunderkind Fashion Show. “Duke Ellington” Jacket. Milan Fashion Week. February 22, 2017. ©The Fashion Plate | photo by Paloma Montanaro

The country would eventually undergo a major transformation under General Ziaul Haq’s Islamization ideals in 1977. Zia’s men drew up lists of artists. Fine arts, the performing arts were clamped down on.

Today Hawkes Bay Beach Karachi is a family-favorite tourist resort, known for its sandy beaches and crystal blue water.

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