Raggabund enthralls students in first gig in Dhaka

Staff Correspondent | Published at 07:41pm on September 11, 2018

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German-Swiss band Raggabund performs on Monday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. –Snigdha Zaman

Raggabund, a musical band comprising members from German and Swiss origin, moved the Dhaka audience presenting reggae and dancehall music in its first ever gig in Dhaka held on Monday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The band, which has been touring and performing at countries across the globe, presented German, Spanish, Italian and English numbers in the offbeat rhythms and their songs also incorporated different issues of Dhaka, its traffic jam and education system in the comments, talks and gossips segments of the reggae music style.

Goethe-Institut Bangladesh organised the concert celebrating 10 years of the ‘Schools: Partner for the Future, also known as PASCH initiative launched in February 2008 in Bangladesh by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.

‘PASCH network in Bangladesh consists of five partner schools, where 1278 students are now learning German as a foreign language’, shared Kirsten Hackenbroch, director of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh.

Students of these five schools — Oxford International School, European Standard School, South Point School and College, Maple leaf International School and Chittagong Mastermind International School — were present at the Monday concert.

Raggabund members at the show shared that they had earlier held similar concerts in China, India, Nepal and Pakistan got appreciations.

The four-member band commenced the gig with Spanish number Quiero bailar intro.  They also presented Ohne Kompass, Pareces, So nicht geht, Rock n Roll Girl, Im Rado Teil 2, Beautiful day, Babygirl and others.

The enthusiastic students at Shilpakala Academy danced with the songs and took selfies with the band during their performances.

‘It was very enthralling. I am amazed to attend the gig. I will always look forward to more such shows’, said an excited Tanzib Raihan, a student of Oxford International School.