“Banglar Rock Metal” traces the history of Bangla band music

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Design: Maisha Syeda

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Design: Maisha Syeda

Banglar Rock Metal (Aajob Prokash, 2022), a book exploring the rich history of band music in Bangladesh, was unveiled at Baatighar in the capital’s Bishwo Shahitto Kendro on August 5. The event saw the participation of several prominent musicians, music lovers and avid readers.

The “Encyclopedia of Bangladeshi Rock Bands” is authored by music journalists Milu Aman and Haque Faruk, outlining the chronological history of 180 music bands in the country.

Hosted by musician and composer Joy Shahriar, editor of Aajob Prokash, the launch ceremony welcomed guests such as Naquib Khan of Renaissance, lyricist Shahid Mahmud Jangi, Labu Rahman of Feedback, Maqsoodul Haque of Maqsood O’ Dhaka, Hamin Ahmed of Miles, Sheikh Monirul Alam Tipu of Warfaze and Arshad Amin of Rockstrata.

Photo: Miraj Lensman

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Photo: Miraj Lensman

Through the publication, the authors wanted to present an authentic history of each group. “We spent hours combing through the archives to find [out] learn more about bands from the 1960s. We also cross-checked information with all existing and even former band members,” Haque explained.

“This book is the greatest gift to our industry. I have always noticed small mistakes and mistakes while going through magazine articles and news stories about us. I am glad this book presents the right information to our audience,” said said Tipu.

“Creators could also opt for short video productions as they would have a greater impact on today’s audiences,” Labu Rahman said.

During his brief speech, Arshad Amin spoke about the establishment of the Bangladesh Music Bands Association (BAMBA), which helped take the genre to new heights, establishing the concept of rock metal in Bangladesh.

Hamin Ahmed, President of BAMBA, shed light on the history and journey of group music in Bengali. “The path has not been easy and there were several challenges to overcome. I am grateful that we are finally having conversations related to this industry,” he said. “The contribution of band music to the music scene has been significant across borders. I think there should be national awards recognizing band musicians.”

The 450-page hardcover book is priced at BDT 1,000 and is available online at Rokomari.com.

Maisha Islam Monamee is an IBA, DU, and freelance journalist who enjoys reading, doodling, and blogging. Follow @monameereads on Instagram.

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