Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – “We need to take care of young talents. I am begging, please take care of young talents – guitarists, drummers or keyboardists, whoever he or she is,” this is how Bangladesh’s rock legend Ayub Bachchu, who unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, appealed to the public on behalf of up-and-coming musicians during a TV interview.
Having known the hardships budding artists have to endure, especially when starting out, the multi-talented singer and songwriter wanted to see young talents across the country get support for their growth.
“This music world is in an uncertain path. We need to protect the artists. We need to send the title – insolvent musicians (dustho shilpi) – to the museum,” said one of the true pioneers of the genre that became known as Bangla ‘band music’, mostly inspired by Western rock and roll acts.
Ayub Bachchu, who had started his music career from his birth place Chittagong with the band Feelings in 1978, before finding fame with one of Bangladesh’s most famous bands, Souls, on lead guitar and sharing vocal duties.
He would go on to leave Souls citing creative differences, and form LRB, essentially the closest thing in Bangladesh to a superstar vehicle, in which Bacchu acted as lord and master.
Bacchu betrayed a patriotic soul once he took to wrapping up each of his live concerts to the tune of national anthem “Amar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomai Valobasi” blaring from his guitar. Although knowing his rocker’s soul, he may just have been taking after one of his heroes Jimi Hendrix, who famously did the same with the US national anthem at a stage of his career.
Bacchu waited for long to introduce his son Ahnaf Tazwar Ayub, himself a budding guitarist, on the big stage.
“I wanted him (Ahnaf) to prove himself in a real way. I didn’t want to favor him as my son,” said Ayub Bachchu mostly known as AB.
The legendary name in the history of Bangladeshi Band music said though there are many young talents, everybody is scared of taking up music as profession.
“Being a father I was so happy to see my son playing guitar on big stage. But I was a bit sad, too,” he said on a note that this music industry does not provide a certain path.
Ayub Bachchu even wanted initiatives from the government to give priority to music industry, the way cricket was given priority from the state level.
In another TV conversation with singers Kumar Bishwajit and Bappa Mazumder, AB
recalled his early struggles from when he first came to Dhaka in the late Seventies, putting up at a cheap hotel with his five other friends. “We were sharing vegetable for 1 person because we had limited money.”
The rock star said they had faced such moments when singing in wedding party was the only means to earn little.
“I remember, one day we had to go to Patiya from Chattogram by a tiny human-hauler with instruments. When we reached the spot, we realized there was no electricity. Then we were asked to sing without instruments,” the band music star said acknowledging that the outcome is always sweet when success is earned through struggle.
“Nothing can be achieved through short-cut way. Nothing is possible without continuous struggle,” he used to believe.
Rocking all the way – Career Milestones
With tremendous fan acceptance AB is famous for his fabulous guitar playing. He joined the band Souls in 1980, one of the pioneers in the band movement of Bangladesh.
In 1991 AB left Souls after 10 long years of practice for perfection and formed LRB (Love Runs Blind). AB brought up LRB from the deepest of his impulse, its something beyond high devotion for music.
LRB started to play live gigs on the following years and their history of proceeding began. Millions of music loving people accepted their music with love.
With the eagerness to create something revolutionary LRB released their first debut in 1992, which was a double album of Bangladeshi music history and entirely a new concept in Bangladeshi music and to the listeners as well.
LRB believe in self-criticism, in the salvation of their souls. That is why the entity and the band remain unparalleled in their type of music.
LRB performed in thousands of concerts at home and abroad both indoor and open. They went for their first international tour in USA and they played at seven US States.
LRB is the only Bangla Rock Band which played their music in the famous Medicine Square Garden (New York), according to LRB official website.
AB was honored in IIM Joka 'Rock Fest' (India), Benson & Hedges Star Search 1 & 2, DRockstar 1 & many other local competitions as a Judge.
He had worked as a music director for late Khalid Hasn Milu, late Shaikh Ishtiaqe, Nasim Ali Khan, Tapan Chowdhury, Hasan Abedur Reza Jewel, Alam Ara Minu, Kaniz Suborna, Rupom and others.
Ayub Bachchu died of a heart attack in the city at the age of 56.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – As music maestro and legendary rock star Ayub Bachchu bids farewell to his fans forever, social media giant Facebook has also been remembering the band music legend of Bangladesh.
In a message on AB’s Facebook page, the social media giant said, “We hope that people who love Ayub will find comfort in visiting his profile to remember and celebrate his life.”
Bachchu in his last Facebook post on October 16 from Rangpur said, “Hats off #Rangpur. Love to #GB. Where there are musicians, there are music. See you soon again #Rangpur. Love you. You were awesome tonight.”
Ayub Bachchu, who popularised rock music in Bangladesh alongside his band LRB (Love Runs Blind), died of cardiac arrest in Dhaka on Thursday morning.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – Ayub Bachchu, who popularised rock music in Bangladesh alongside his band LRB (Love Runs Blind), has been the heart of Bangladeshi rock music for more than 25 years.
Bachchu mostly known as AB is the legendary name in the history of Bangladeshi Band Music. He was born in Chattogram on August 16, 1962.
AB has started his music career from his birth place with the band Feelings in 1978. Then he has joined the band Souls in 1980, one of the pioneers in the band movement of Bangladesh, according to LRB website.
In 1991 AB left Souls after 10 long years of practice for perfection and formed LRB. AB brought up LRB from the deepest of his impulse, it's something beyond high devotion for music.
LRB started playing live gigs in the following years and ushered in a new chapter in the history of music in Bangladesh. With its eagerness to create something revolutionary, LRB debuted with a double album in 1992.
Bachchu’s band performed more than thousands of gigs in the home (500+ open air & 2000+ indoor) and abroad, according to its website.
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They went for their first international tour in USA and they played at 7 states. LRB is the only Bangla Rock Band which played their music in the famous Medicine Square Garden (New York).
His first show outside Bangladesh was held in India in 1997.
Bachchu performed in seven states during his tour of the United States in 1998, according to the LRB website.
LRB believe in self-criticism, in the salvation of their souls. That is why the entity and the band remain unparallel in their type of music.
In Europe the band played its first show in Austria in the year 2002. They also have performed at Wembley Arena (London), Alan Garden (London) Frankfurt of Germany, Fort Canyon Park stage (Singapore).
LRB executed at many stages of India i.e. Salt Lake Stadium (Rock Jugalbandi Part 1 and 2), Science City Theater, Alpha Bangla, ETV Bangla, Najrul Manch, Rabindra Shorobor, Guru Nanak University (Jodhpur), Haldia Utshab, Durgapur University. LRB proudly performed in Qatar, Dubai, Hong Kong, Cyprus and almost all over the world.
AB had a great gig with Richard At Legang (France), Remo Fernandez Nandon Bugchi & Bikmar Gosh of India, Azam Khan, Miles & Black of Bangladesh.
AB was honored in IIM Joka 'Rock Fest' (India), Benson and Hedges Star Search 1 and 2, DRockstar 1 and many other local competitions as a Judge.
AB is renowned for his musical scoring in TVC. Moreover He has worked as a music director for late Khalid Hasn Milu, late Shaikh Ishtiaqe, Nasim Ali Khan, Topon Chowdhury, Hasan Abedur Reza Jewel, Alam Ara Minu, Kaniz Suborna, Rupom etc.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – Ayub Bachchu, a celebrated guitarist, song writer, composer and singer, died of cardiac arrest at his Moghbazar residence in the city on Thursday. He was 56.
Dr Mohammad Nazim Uddin, spokesperson of Square Hospitals Ltd, said the driver of Ayub Bachchu took him to the hospital around 9:40 am and doctors declared him dead around 9:55 am.
The famous singer had been suffering from heart disease for long and the performance rate of his heart was 30 percent, he said.
Now the body of the singer has been kept at the mortuary of the hospital, he added.
His body will be kept at Shaheed Minar from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Friday so that people can pay tributes to the popular singer, said singer Hassan Abidur Reja Jewel in his Facebook post.
Then, his namaj-e-janaza will be held at the National Eidgah after Jumma prayers.
The legendary singer will be buried beside his mother’s grave in his home district Chattogram, said the post.
Bachchu, the lead guitarist of musical band ‘LRB’ (Love Runs Blind), was born in Chattogram on August 16, 1962.
Bachchu made his debut in the music industry by giving voice in the song ‘Harano Bikeler Golpo’.
In 1986, he released his first music album ‘Rakto Golap’. His success story began when his second album ‘Moyna’ was released.
Photo: Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury/UNB
He came close to listeners by releasing the third album ‘Koshto’ in 1995. The album was super hit. The song ‘Koshto Pete Bhalobasi’ touches the listeners’ heart very much.
Ayub Bachchu became a heartthrob singer overnight across the country for the heart touching song.
বাচ্চু ভাই-এর (আয়ুব বাচ্চু) এভাবে হঠাৎ করে চলে যাওয়াটা মেনে নেওয়া কঠিন। বাংলা গান চিরদিন মনে রাখবে এই চমৎকার গুণী মানুষটিকে। #সেইতুমি— Anupam Roy (@aroyfloyd) October 18, 2018
Although he was a rock singer he impressed the listeners with modern, classic and folk songs.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of the popular singer.
In his message, the President prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor expressed profound shock at the death of the legendary singer.
In his message, Asadduzzaman Noor said Ayub Bachchu took the band song of Bangladesh to high level. His contributions to popularise the band music to the young people is immense. "The people of the country specially the young generation will remember him forever."
Photo: Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury/UNB
His fans also flooded the social media platform expressing their deepest condolences to the iconic figure of the country’ music industry.
Bachchu performed live with Richard and Le Gang (France), Remo Fernandez, NandonBugchi, and Bikram Gosh of India; and Azam Khan (singer), Feelings (now NogorBaul), Miles, Warfaze and many more.
He started his music career from his birth place Chittagong with the band Feelings in 1978. Then he joined the band Souls in 1980.
Leaving Souls in 1991, Bachchu formed LRB after 10 long years of practice for perfection.
LRB is the only Bangla rock band which played in famous Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Beijing, Oct 18 (AP/UNB) — The director of "Air Strike," featuring Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, says the film's release has been canceled in the wake of her disappearance and conviction on tax evasion charges.
The World War II thriller, also starring Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody, was to have been released Oct. 26.
However, director Xiao Feng posted on his Weibo miniblog Wednesday that it was "time to let go" after eight years of work on the film.
Chinese tax authorities this month ordered Fan and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totaling $130 million, ending speculation over the fate of one of the country's highest-profile entertainers three months after she disappeared from public view.
State media said Fan evaded taxes by using two separate contracts for her work on "Air Strike."
Fan has starred in dozens of movies and TV series in China and is best known internationally for her role as Blink in 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," a cameo in the Chinese version of "Iron Man 3," and for star turns on the red carpet at Cannes as recently as May.
Before her disappearance, she had been booked to star with Penelope Cruz in the Hollywood film "355."
Fan posted an apology on her official Weibo account saying that she accepted the tax authorities' decision and would "try my best to overcome all difficulties and raise funds to pay back taxes and fines."
"I am unworthy of the trust of the society and let down the fans who love me," she wrote in her first update of her Weibo.com microblog since June 2.
Fan's disappearance coincided with a crackdown by Chinese authorities on high salaries for actors that can eat up much of the cost of a production. In June, regulators capped star pay at 40 percent of a TV show's entire production budget and 70 percent of the total paid to all the actors in a film.