Rock Music History of Bangladesh

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The history of Bangladeshi rock music started in 1960 when a handful of self-taught musicians got together to create original music tracks. Their efforts resulted in the birth of the "Bangla Rock Scene". Among the pioneering groups in the late '60s were bands such as Windy Side of Care (Rafique Mazhar Islam Saju and Rafi Omar) (Ex-Iolites), The Lightnings, Rambling Stones, Ugly Phases and Insex Dui. They didn’t have the privilege of expensive instruments or sound systems, which present-day rockers now take for granted.[1]

In 1963, "Zinga Goshty" was the first[citation needed]Orchestra Band in Bangladesh, formed in Chittagong by a young group of students of Chittagong College. [2]

Azam Khan (Uchharon) a.k.a. "the Legend", a.k.a. "the Imaginative Composer", emerged around early and late 70s. Happy Akhand's "Abar Alo Elo Je Shondha" is a well known song. His premature death was a big blow to all of the musicians who were influenced by Happy's passion for music. His contemporaries include some popular figures such as late Firoze Shahi, Ferdaus Wahid and Fakir Alamgir.

Among the old bands there are many bands that are still active, such as is Souls (1970), Feedback (1976), Miles (1978), and others. [3]
Progression (1980s)

While the early phase of Bangladeshi rock is marked by romantic songs and mellow tunes, the scenario began to change in the '80s. "Warfaze" was a progressive rock band of the country in this period. "Feedback" was another band in the `80s with their album "Ullash" and "Mela." It was from mid `80s to early `90s that hard rock started getting attention in Bangladesh. Sumon of Aurthohin describes the era of metal music: "It was around 1986 when "Miles" performed hard rock in Dhaka. One fine day my elder brother came home and announced that there was a band, which was performing songs of Iron Maiden. It was very difficult to believe. But then I…...

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