The whole show was a celebration of the life and career of Ayub Bachchu
Bangladesh Musical Bands Association (Bamba) organized a tribute concert for legendary Bangladeshi rockstar Ayub Bachchu (AB) at the Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in Segunbagicha on Sunday. Musicians and members from every Bangladeshi band were present at the event to pay their respects by sharing memories of the rockstar and performing songs of AB onstage.
“This is indeed a tribute concert for Ayub Bachchu but tonight is not a night of mourning, rather a celebration of the life and spirit of AB,” said musician, cultural activist, Executive Member of Bamba and host of the show, Maqsoodul Haque, as he started off the event.
The whole show was a celebration of the life and career of Ayub Bachchu.
The event began with a minute’s silence for the legendary rockstar, followed by an AV showing major achievements of his dynamic career.
Minister of Cultural Affairs and chief guest of the event Asaduzzaman Noor said: “The fact that people from all walks of life were deeply affected by Ayub Bachchu’s demise is the biggest tribute to his greatness as an artiste.”
“His music is the voice of the youth and I hope this will live on through his band LRB and his music,” added Noor.
Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky, who was also present at the event, said: “I am very fortunate to personally have known him since the beginning of his career and he was an immensely passionate person."
Hamin Ahmed, president of Bamba and member of the popular rock band Miles, said: “The guitar wasn't as prominent as an instrument when Ayub Bachchu started his career. But he made sure that it was the heart and soul of his music, and the entire country followed. And that fact alone is enough to explain his legacy.”
Further, Bappa Mazumder remembered Ayub Bachchu for how he taught compassion. “I admire the great man not only for his great music, but also how to be humane. And I always admired how much he loved his mother, and asked others to do the same.” he said.
Members of Bamba, irrespective of the bands mixed up their lineups to celebrate the iconic tracks of AB. Some of the notable performances of the night were Shafin Ahmed's cover of “Keu Shukhi Noy,” Bappa Mazumder's emotional rendition of “Rupali Guitar” and Powersurge frontman Jamshed Chowdhury's rocking homage with “Neel Bedona.”
On the other hand, Emil from Shunno and Sufi from Arbovirus paired up to perform “Bangladesh.”
Bachchu was the founder member, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of popular Bangladeshi band, Love Runs Blind, commonly known as LRB.
Suffering a coronary attack at his own residence, Ayub Bachchu passed away on the morning of October 18 at the age of 60. He was taken to Square Hospital when his family members found him unconscious, where doctors pronounced him dead around 9:55am. He had just returned from a concert in Rangpur.
Thousands of people from all walks of life thronged the Central Shaheed Minar premises on October 19 to bid farewell to the legendary rockstar. His body was buried next to his mother’s grave in Chittagong.