That the rock music fraternity has not yet coped up with the loss of rock legend Ayub Bachchu’s demise was amply visible at the farewell tribute BAMBA (Bangladesh Musical Bands Association) held on Sunday at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Member bands of the association joined their voices to pay tribute to Ayub Bachhu, also known as AB, whose contribution to popularizing rock music and, more specifically, guitar across the country was immense.
The commemorative gig named ‘Farewell Tribute to Ayub Bachchu’ began with a one-minute silence and screening of a short documentary showing some of Bachchu’s many achievements.
‘Ayub Bachchu made guitar the crux of his music and, we all now know, of rock music eventually. Guitar was not in the forefront on rock music when AB started his career, but at the end of his career, he made guitar the heart of rock music. Here lies his legacy too,’ said Hamin Ahmed, president of BAMBA.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, who was present as the chief guest, recalled Bachchu saying, ‘He was a very passionate and big-hearted man with his heart given to music. His career is both illustrious and eventful. He had to struggle to find his place in the industry and he did it very successfully. His departure shocked all music lovers, not only rock enthusiasts.’
Among others, Rafiqul Alam, Maqsoodul Haque, Shafin Ahmed, Manam Ahmed, Bappa Mazumder, Fuad Naser Babu and others recalled their memories with Bachchu.
Following recollections, members of different music bands joined their voices to render AB’s popular songs.
Bappa Mazumder paid tribute to AB by covering Rupali Guitar, one of the most popular AB songs. Maqsoodul Haque enthralled the audience with another popular AB song Moyna.
Shafin Ahmed’s rendition of Bachchu’s Ashole Keu Shukhi Noy was another memorable presentation at the show.
Sufi, Lumin, Jamshed, Palash, Saif, Ishtiaq and others from different music bands also covered AB’s popular songs.
LRB came to end the show by paying tribute to its founder. When the band began one of AB’s most famous songs Shei tumi, all musicians present at the show came on stage and joined their voices to render the song with tears in their eyes making the audience pay a tearful tribute too to the magician of guitar.
Ayub Bachchu, born in Chattogram in 1962, died on October 18 at the age of 56. In his illustrious career, he recorded 28 albums, including 16 solo albums. A pioneering rocker, Bachchu composed 500 songs including famous numbers like ‘Chalo bodle jai’, ‘Rupali guitar’, ‘Hanste dekho, gaite dekho’, ‘Ghum bhanga shahore’, ‘Darojar o pashe’, ‘Madhabi’, ‘Hawker’, ‘Meye’, ‘Tara bhara ratey’ and ‘Sharey tin hat mati’.
Bachchu formed his own band Spider at the age of 14. In 1978, he joined Feelings, which went on to become a major band in Bangladesh. But he spent only two years with the band and joined Souls as its lead guitarist in 1980 where he played for ten years.
In 1991, Bachchu founded LRB.
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