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.
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.
New York, Oct 17 (AP/UNB) — The midterm elections, #MeToo, and the recent confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: All were key topics of discussion at an annual gathering for women filmmakers Tuesday in Manhattan.
"Nevertheless, we persisted," intoned Jane Rosenthal, executive chair of Tribeca Enterprises, using the popular feminist slogan over and over as she discussed a year of women's struggles, both inside and outside Hollywood.
The gathering took place almost exactly a year after the #MeToo movement erupted into public consciousness, following stunning allegations of sexual misconduct against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
"Last year when we met we experienced a watershed moment," Rosenthal told attendees at the luncheon for "Through Her Lens: the Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program ," which provides mentorship and funding for emerging women filmmakers. "Brave women were coming forward to demand societal change. And the world was listening — or so we thought."
Rosenthal called the recent Kavanaugh hearings "devastating" for women.
"It's hard to fight for equality in the workplace or the arts when we haven't achieved equality in the eyes of the government," she said. "We will, we must persist."
Kavanaugh took his seat on the high court last week after overcoming allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denied, by accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Rosenthal also referred to efforts to achieve greater representation of women in Hollywood, especially behind the camera, where women still lag far behind men. Only one woman has ever won an Oscar for directing — Kathryn Bigelow, who is serving as a one of the mentors for the Tribeca program.
"We're not waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with us," Rosenthal said. "We're leading."
Actress Katie Holmes spoke of the importance of women mentoring and supporting others, and said she was sensing a shift for the better in Hollywood.
"I've seen a lot of captains of our industry really leading by example and supporting other women and that's what today is all about," she said in an interview. "What we need to do, forever, is continue to support each other, to inspire the new group of filmmakers, and to be protective of each other."
Holmes, now working on her second film as a director — an adaptation of the historical novel "Rare Objects" — said it was important to her to work with fellow women.
"I feel very creative around other women and I feel very understood," she said. She said a 2014 movie she starred in, written and directed by Karen Hopkins, was an especially rewarding experience.
"I loved her vision and I loved the character that she created," Holmes said. "And there was a wonderful energy on set."
Another actress in attendance, Piper Perabo, was wearing a T-shirt saying, "Believe Women." Last month, she was arrested for civil disobedience for protesting at Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.
Perabo said she was not discouraged by what some have seen as setbacks for the movement, with Kavanaugh's confirmation and also the dropping of a charge against Weinstein in a New York court.
"It's never been easy," she said. "And the fact that even a setback in the Weinstein case makes headlines shows that people are talking about it and it's important to people, and people are going to discuss it and it's news."
"There are going to be steps forward and steps back, but that doesn't mean you give up," she said.