James (musician)

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James
James Nagar Baul 2013.JPG
James performing in San Francisco Bay Area, USA (Sep 2013)
Background information
Birth name Faruq Mahfuz Anam
Also known as Nagar Baul, Guru, James
Born October 2, 1964
Origin Naogaon, Bangladesh
Genres Psychedelic rock, rock, hard rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actor, composer
Instruments Guitar, bass, vocals, khamok, keyboards, drums
Years active 1980-present
Labels Sargam, Soundteck, Shangeeta, Sony BMG
Associated acts Feelings, Nagar Baul, Metro Band

Faruq Mahfuz Anam (Bengali: ফারুক মাহফুজ আনাম), known by his stage name James, is a Bangladeshi singer, guitarist, and composer. He is currently the lead guitarist and vocal of the band Nagar Baul (formerly known as Feelings). He has also played back in few songs in Bollywood movies. He was often referred to by the honorific nickname "Guru".[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

James was born in Naogaon and raised in Rajshahi and Chittagong. His father was a government employee who later promoted to the Chairman of Chittagong Education Board. From the teenage, James started music which was not liked by his family. He played guitar with his friends when he was in class seven in 1973. [1] After a huge dispute with his family, James left his house when he was in class eight. He started living in a dormitory named Aziz Boarding in Chaittagong. This is the place from where his musical career started flourishing. Here he met few musicians of a band named "Feelings" and started his musical career as a vocal and lead guitarist of "Feelings" band.

Musical career[edit]

As previous members of the band 'Feelings' left, James, along with Funty, Pablo and Swapan reformed the band and started to perform in local gigs in 1980. At that time, the line-up was

James- Lead Guitar, Vocal

Funty- Drums

Pablo- Keyboards, Vocal

Swapan- Bass Guitar.

He became popular among musicians as 'THE ONE WHO CAN PLAY MARK KNOPFLER WITH RIGHT FEELS'. After several years of stage shows, they came to Dhaka to record their first album, 'Station Road'. All the songs were composed by James, with five lyrics been written by himself. Though the album was not a hit, some songs became popular like 'Ager Jonome', 'Amai zete Dao' and 'Rupshagor'.

In 1989. they released the album 'Jail Theke Bolchhi' (Words from a condemn cell). This album became a major hit and Feelings, became a mainstream band along with Souls, Feedback and Chime.

Bangladesh[edit]

James sings psychedelic rock, rock and blues music. Many lyricists have written songs for James including Poet Shamsur Rahman,Prince Mahmud, Marjuk Rasel, Shibli and Deholovi. Musicians like Lucky Akhand and Manam Ahmed have also composed song for him. In his early days, he was inspired by artists like Jim Morrison, Mark Knofler and Eric Clapton. James released his debut album, "Station Road", with his band "Feelings" in 1987. He released his first solo album named "Annonna" in 1988. The albums he released later are "Jail theke Bolchi" in 1990, "Nogor Baul" in 1996, "Leis Fita Leis" in 1998 and "Collection of Feelings" in 1999 with his band Feelings. He also worked in lots of solo albums. He released "Anonna" in 1988, "Palabe Kothai" in 1995, "Dukkhini Dukkho Korona" in 1997, "Thik Achhe Bondhu" in 1999, "Ami Tomader E Lok" in 2003, "Jonota Express" in 2005, "Toofan" in 2006 and "Kal Jomuna" in 2009. Later James renamed "Feelings" into a new name "Nogor Baul" with some former members. Their next album named "Dushtu Cheler Dol" was released in 2001.

Bollywood[edit]

As James was working in Bengali Band Music, his songs had been widely received by the people of Bangladesh and West Bengal since 1990's. James met "Pritom", a Bangali music director in Bollywood in 2004. In 2005, James played back in the movie named "Gangster". The name of the song was "Bheegi Bheegi" and it was a blockbuster hit. The song remained at the top of Bollywood Hit List for more than a month.[2] Then he sang another song named "Chal Chalein" in another movie named "Woh Lamhe" in 2006. He again playbacked two songs titled "Rishtey" and "Alvida (Reprise)" in the movie named "Life in a Metro".

In 2013 James sang a Hindi song titled "Bebasi" for a movie named "Warning 3D" which already been released in YouTube.

Modeling and Television appearance[edit]

James first appeared in a television commercial of Pepsi in early 2000's. This commercial was broadcast both in West Bengal and Bangladesh. Later in 2011, James worked again in a Bangladeshi television commercial of an energy drink "Black Horse". James appeared in some parts of the Bollywood movie "Life in A Metro" where he played role as a member of street band.

Personal life[edit]

James was first married to Rothi. In 2002, he ended his first marriage and married Benazir Sazzad,[3] whom he reportedly met during a concert around the year 1999. James has three children: daughters Jannat and Jahaan, and son Danesh.

Red Dot Entertainment[edit]

James, along with Gazi Ahmed Shuvro, co-owns a production house "Red Dot Entertainment". This house made a video commercial named "Beautiful Bangladesh" for "ICC World Cup Cricket 2011" . Red Dot Entertainment produced numerous reality shows like De Rockstar 2, Lux Channel-i Superstar', Ke hote chay kotipoti and others. Red Dot also makes TVCs.

Discography[edit]

James at reunion concert in SUST campus, 2012

Studio albums[edit]

  • Station Road (1986, under the name 'Feelings')
  • Jail Theke Bolchhi (1989, 'Feelings')
  • Nogor Baul (1995, 'Feelings')
  • Lais Fita Lais (1998, 'Feelings')
  • Dushtu Chheler Dol (2001)
  • Collection of Feelings (1999) (compilation album)

Songs/albums as a solo artist[edit]

  • Anonna (1987)
  • Palabe Kothai (1995)
  • Dukkhini Dukkho Korona (1997)
  • Thik Achhe Bondhu (1999)
  • Ami Tomader E Lok (2003)
  • Jonota Express (2005)
  • Toofan (2007)
  • Kal Jomuna (2008)
  • Bheegi Bheegi (2005, 'Gangster')
  • Chal Chalein (2006, 'Woh Lamhe')
  • Rishtey, Alvida (Reprise) (2007, 'Life in a... Metro')
  • "Bebasi" (Warning 3D) '(2013)

Album Description[edit]

Station Road (1986)[edit]

All music composed by James.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Station Road"   James 3:41
2. "Ar Noi Juddho"   James 3:58
3. "Ager Jonome"   James 4:15
4. "Amay Zete Dao"   James 3:47
5. "Jhorna Theke Nodi"   James 4:55
6. "Dukkho Keno Koro"   Babu 2:37
7. "Glass Beat Games"   Pablo 2:28
8. "Ekdin Chhilo"   Musa 2:57
9. "Zodi Emon Hoto"   Salauddin Shazal 3:05
10. "Ever Since You"   Pablo 3:50
11. "Shotyer Shundor"   Dewan Babu 3:29
12. "Rupshagor"   Collected 3:48

Personnel[edit]

James- Lead Guitar, Vocal

Funty- Drums, Percussions

Pablo- Keyboards, Clarinet, Fluite, Vocal

Swapan- Bass

Jail Theke Bolchhi(1989)[edit]

All music composed by James.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Jail Theke Bolchhi"   Latiful Islam Shibi 5:15
2. "Nil Akash"   Ashraf Babu, Shibli 5:40
3. "Ichchher Palok"   Bappy Khan 4:47
4. "Vabna"   Salauddin Shazal 4:50
5. "Josie Prem"   Latiful Islam Shibli 2:47
6. "Amar Valobasha"   Salauddin Shazal 5:11
7. "Hridoyer Ekla Prantore"   James 7:57
8. "Peshadar Khuni"   Latiful Islam Shibli 6:37
9. "Jhorer Rate"   Bappy Khan 4:50
10. "Dakar Prem"   Bappy Khan 2:56
11. "Tomake Khuji"   Bappy Khan 3:47
12. "Praner Shohor"   Latiful Islam Shibli 3:54

Personnel[edit]

James- Lead Guitar, Vocal, Cover Concept

Funty- Drums, Percussions

Babu- Bass

Tanvir- Keyboards


Nagar Baul(1995)[edit]

All music composed by James.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Monnan Mian'r Titash Molom"   Latiful Islam Shibi 5:15
2. "Haragacher Nurjahan"   Deholovi 5:40
3. "Taray Taray"   Based on the poem 'Uttor' by great poet Shamsur Rahman, James 4:47
4. "Nagar Baul"   Rudro Polash 4:50
5. "Humayrar Nishwash"   Deholovi 2:47
6. "Ekta Prem Dao"   Deholovi 5:11
7. "Nag Naginir Khela"   Deholovi (Concept- James) 7:57
8. "Kotota Kangal Ami"   Latiful Islam Shibli 6:37
9. "Zatra"   Deholovi (Concept- James) 4:50
10. "Jongole Valobasha"   Latiful Islam Shibli 2:56
11. "Nobojiboner Kotha Bolchhi"   Deholovi (Concept- James) 3:47
12. "Tobe Bondhu Nouka Verao"   James, Deholovi 3:54

Personnel[edit]

James- Lead Guitar, Vocal, Cover Concept

Funty- Drums, Percussions

Babu- Bass

Asad- Keyboards


Lais Fita Lais(1998)[edit]

All music composed by James.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Poth"   Asiruddin Mondol, Anondo 5:15
2. "Lais Fita Lais"   James, Anondo 5:40
3. "Sharothi"   Sumon 4:47
4. "De Dour"   Marjuk Russel 4:50
5. "Shinay Shinay"   James, Anondo 2:47
6. "Bioscoper Khela"   Anondo (Concept- James) 5:11
7. "Lag Velki Lag"   Sumon 7:57
8. "Rakhe Allah Mare Ke"   Marjuk Russel, Anondo 6:37
9. "Housy"   Anondo (Concept- James) 4:50
10. "Khule Dekh Monta"   Sumon 2:56
11. "Puber Hawa"   Based on the poem by Shuvash Mukherzee, James 3:47
12. "Doyal"   James 3:54

Personnel[edit]

James- Lead Guitar, Vocal, Cover Concept

Funty- Drums, Percussions

Babu- Bass

Asad- Keyboards

Dustu Chheler Dol (2001)[edit]

All music composed by James.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Chirotakal"   James, Bishu Shikdar 5:15
2. "Dushtu Chheler Dol"   James, Bishu Shikdar 5:40
3. "Bijli"   James, Bishu Shikdar 4:47
4. "Joy Toruner Joy"   James, Bishu Shikdar 4:50
5. "Eka"   James, Bishu Shikdar 2:47
6. "Guarantee Nai"   James, Bishu Shikdar 5:11
7. "Chhoto Kichhu Asha"   James, Bishu Shikdar 7:57
8. "Gotiraj"   James, Bishu Shikdar 6:37
9. "Kichhui Pelam Na"   James, Bishu Shikdar 4:50
10. "Ma o Mati"   James, Bishu Shikdar 2:56

Personnel[edit]

James- Lead Guitar, Vocal

Asad- Keyboards

Tajul- Bass

Romel- Drums, Percussions


References[edit]