Brazilian folk artiste Maurício Zumba and his troupe Sextet and Indian singer Papon rocked Dhaka on Thursday night as part of the ongoing three-day Dhaka International Folk Fest underway at Bangladesh Army Stadium.
The evening also featured performances by Tibetan singer Tenzin Choegyal, local singer Fakir Sahabuddin and up and coming band Bauliana.
Maurício Zumba and his five member troupe entertained the audience with Brazilian samba dance and music at the programme. The seasoned artiste, along with his troupe members carrying traditional Brazilian drums, presented a number of songs in Portuguese language. Though the majority of the Bangla-speaking audience hadn’t heard Portuguese songs before, the language barrier did not make much difference. The crowd danced and sang together with Zumba and his troupe. Many good memories were made.
Angarag Mahanta, known by his stage name Papon, is a composer and record producer from Assam, India. He is the lead singer and founder of the folk-fusion band called Papon and The East India Company.
Papon began his performance singing Dine Dine Khushiya Poribe, an Assamese folk song. The artiste next sang a Panjabi folk song Ji Le Ji Le, which narrates the importance of doing good deeds in life. A cheerful Papon entertained the audience with a smooth performance. He didn’t dance, yet made the audience headbang to his songs. Papon made a lasting impression on the audience singing his Hindi-Bengali bilingual hit song Ma Mere.
The festival, which has been organised by Sun Communications, will end today.
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