Bangladesh Musical Bands Association (BAMBA) and satellite television channel Channel i organised the biggest musical concert ‘BAMBA-Channel i Band Music Fest 2022’ at the Army Stadium in the capital on December 2.
‘Channel i Band Fest’ was held to pay tribute to Ayub Bachchu—also known as AB to his fans, one of the most talented musicians the country has ever produced. He was also the key person and one of the organisers of the ‘Band Fest’.
The inaugural ceremony of ‘Band Music Day’ was held on December 1 on the premises of Channel i. State Minister for Culture Affairs KM Khalid was present as chief guest, while Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque was present as special guest. Members of the 52 bands listed on Bamba also attended the opening ceremony. Late band stars including Azam Khan, Ayub Bachchu, and Lucky Akhand were remembered through this event.
Hamin Ahmed said, “Ayub Bachchu is not there, but his memory is there. Ayub Bachchu had a dream of ‘Band Music Day’. His dream started from this Channel i premises. Congratulations to those who have been with him since the beginning of that journey. We are taking his dream on a bigger scale at the Army Stadium.”
Ayub Bachchu’s wife said, “Bachchu’s dream was to organise this band fest on a large scale. Today Bachchu is no more, but Bachchu’s work has been brought so far by his co-workers, even to the Army Stadium. That’s why I salute his co-artists.”
Music Fest programme director Izaz Khan Swapan said, “From now on every year on December 1, ‘Band Music Day’ will be celebrated across the country, and ‘Bamba-Channel i Band Music Concert’ will be held on the first Friday of December. A number of 16 bands participated in this year’s concert. The participating bands include Nagar Baul, Miles, Warfaze, Souls, Renaissance, Feedback, Aurthohin, Maqsood O’ Dhaka, Obscure, Dalchhut, Artcell, Shironamhin, Viking, Cryptic Fate, Powersurge and Pentagon.