Habib Koite & Bamada rocks Dhaka

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, Nov 16,2019


Habib Koite & Bamada perform at Dhaka International Folk Fest at Bangladesh Army Stadium on Friday night. — Abdullah Apu

The music lovers of Dhaka were in for a treat on Friday night at Bangladesh Army Stadium where Dhaka International Folk Fest is in full swing.

Thousands of folk music enthusiasts danced to the beats of African music performed by Malian guitarist Habib Koite and his band Bamada at the venue on the second night of the three-day festival.

Malian musician, singer and songwriter Habib Koite is one of Africa’s most popular and recognised musicians. His band, Bamada, is a supergroup of West African musicians. The group has performed 17,000 shows since 1994.

The predominant style played by Habib is based on the danssa, a popular rhythm from his native city of Keyes.

Habib and Bamada presented a number of songs in Malian language and instrumental recitals.

The band also had plans to render a few Bangla songs. However, they could not do so as they forgot the lyrics. 

‘We had plans to render Bangla songs but we have forgotten the lyrics,’ apologised Habib Koite.

‘It is not every day we get chance to attend concerts featuring African artistes. The music was totally new to my ear. I loved it,’ Sinthia Haq, an audience, told New Age.

‘Indeed a rare treat. We need more concerts like these,’ Zaman Murshed, a student of North South University who came to the festival with his friends, told New Age.

The second day of the festival began with local folk artiste Shafiqul Islam taking the stage. He rendered songs like Mon mon mojaila, Orey baula gaan.

Following which, Kamruzzaman Rabbi rendered songs like Bhaber I ghor, Ami to bhala na and others. Kajal Dewan was the third artiste of the night. He rendered songs like Amar mon pagla, Piriter bazar bhalo na, Koto dukkho dili bondhu rey,   Arey O jibon rey and others.

Besides, Fakir Shahabuddin and Pakistani singer Hina Nasrullah entertained the audience rendering diverse songs.

The festival will end today. The concluding day will feature performances by local folk singers Chandana Majumder and Malek Dewan, Russian folk band Sattuma and Pakistani Sufi Music band Junoon.

The fifth Dhaka International Folk Fest began on Thursday. Around 200 artistes from various countries, including Mali, Georgia, India, Pakistan and Russia are attending the festival.

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