Ayub Bachchu

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Ayub Bachchu
LRB Ayub Bachchu (cropped).jpg
Bachchu performing live in the Emami Fair and Handsome Award in October 2014.
Native name
আইয়ুব বাচ্চু
Born(1962-08-16)16 August 1962
Chittagong, East Pakistan (Now in Chittagong, Bangladesh)
Died18 October 2018(2018-10-18) (aged 56)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Resting placeBuried in Chaitanya Goli, Chittagong, Bangladesh
NationalityBangladeshi
EducationGovt. Muslim High School, Chittagong
Occupation
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • businessman
Spouse(s)
  • Ferdous Ayub Chandana (m. 1991)
Children2
Musical career
OriginChittagong, Bangladesh
Genres
Instruments
Years active1977–2018
Labels
  • CMV
  • AB Kitchen
  • Soundtek
  • Sargam
  • Sangeeta
Associated acts
Websiteablrb.net
Signature
Ayub Bachchu Robin signature.jpg

Ayub Bachchu (Bengali: আইয়ুব বাচ্চু); (16 August 1962 – 18 October 2018) was a Bangladeshi rock guitarist, composer and singer-songwriter, who was a member of the Bangladeshi rock band LRB[1]. He earned success as the founder and the lead guitarist of the band.

Bachchu began his career as the guitarist of Feelings (Now known as Nagar Baul) where he played from 1977 to 1980, in Chittagong City. In 1980, he joined Souls where he played for 10 years and appeared in four studio albums including Super Souls (1982), "কলেজের করিডোরে (In the Corridors of College)" (1985), "মানুষ মাটির কাছাকাছি (People are Close to the Ground)" (1987) and East and West (1988). In 1991, he left the band to form his own band LRB, where he was the vocalist and guitarist for 27 years, until his death in 2018. He also received well success as a solo artist. His first solo album "রক্ত গোলাপ (Blood Rose)" was released in September 1986. He got his breakthrough by releasing albums like "ময়না (Moyna)" (1988), "কষ্ট (Sadness)" (1995), "সময় (Time)" (1998), which all received well success.

Bachchu released several best selling-albums with LRB, and as a solo performer. Bachchu is widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist of Bangladesh.[2]The Top Tens ranked him second on their list of "10 Greatest Guitarists of Bangladesh", only behind Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal of Warfaze[3]. He is sometimes referred to as "the guitar god" by his fans.[4]

Bachchu married his girlfriend Ferdous Ayub Chandana on January 31, 1991, with whom he had a daughter, Fairuz Saffra Ayub and a son, Ahnaf Tazwar Ayub. In October 2018, Bachchu died of cardiac failure in his own residence in Dhaka, six years after he was suffering of lung ailment. He gave his last performance in Rangpur City two days before his death. He was buried in Chaitanya Goli in Chittagong, beside his mother's grave. He was also one of the wealthiest celebrities of Bangladesh, with a net worth of BDT৳ 167 million.[5]

Early life[edit]

Ayub Bachchu was born in Chittagong in Patiya at Khorna union on 16 August 1962 to Mohammad Ishaque (father) and Nurjahan Begum (mother). The family moved to the city after the Liberation War of Bangladesh. They resided in Jubilee Road. Bachchu once stated in an interview that he used to spend most of his times in that area. His nickname was Robin. He got his first acoustic guitar from his father as a gift 1973, when he was in class four. He learned to play guitar from Jacob Dayas a Burmese man, who used to live in Chittagong. He first borrowed an electric guitar from his friend, which was a Teisco Guitar.[a] He was very attracted to the guitar playing techniques of Jimi Hendrix and Joe Satriani. He was admitted to Government Muslim High School in 1975.[6] His parents did not support him on becoming a guitarist. While studying in high school, Bachchu formed a band named "Golden Boys", which was later renamed as "Ugly Boys". The group disbanded after Bachchu joined Feelings in 1977.[7]

Career[edit]

1977–1990: Feelings and Souls[edit]

Bachchu started his music career with the rock band Feelings (now known as Nagar Baul).[8] He made his debut in the music industry by giving voice in the song "হারানো বিকেলের গল্প (A Story of a Lost Afternoon)". In 1977, he joined the band as the lead guitarist and only stayed with the band for next two years until in 1980, he got a contract from Souls, as their lead guitarist Sajed ul Alam had left the band for the United States. Bachchu joined with Souls. He played with the band for next 10 years as the lead guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer. He had appeared on four studio albums of the band, including Super Souls (1982), "কলেজের করিডোরে (In the Corridors of College)" (1985), "মানুষ মাটির কাছাকাছি (People are Near to the Ground)" (1987) and East and West (1988). In 1991, Bachchu left Souls and went on to form his own band Little River Band, which later became famous as Love Runs Blind. He reunited with Souls in several reunion shows and has performed with members of the band like Tapan Chowdhury, Kumar Bishwajit and Naqib Khan in several shows.[9]

1991-2018: LRB[edit]

Bachchu performing at the City of Winter Garden in 2008

After Bachchu left Souls in 1991, he formed his own band Little River Band with S.I. Tutul (keyboards) in 1991 in Chittagong City. They later recruited Saidul Hasan Swapan (bassist) and Habib Anwar Joy (drums). The band was officially formed on 5 April, 1991. They changed their name to Love Runs Blind, when Bachchu found out about the Australian rock band with the same name. LRB released their debut studio album as double albums, by the name LRB I and LRB II, making it the first double album in the region. It included hit songs of the band like, "ঘুম ভাঙ্গা শহরে (In the Woken Up City)", "ফেরারী মন (Mind)", "মা (Mother)" and "হকার (Hawker)". In the early-1993, the group released their 3rd studio album "সুখ (Happiness)", by Soundtek Electronics. The album is considered one of the greatest hard rock albums in Bangladesh, and features some of the most popular songs of the band including, "চলো বদলে যায় (Let's Change)", "রুপালি গীটার (Silver Guitar)", "গতকাল রাতে (Last Night)" and "ক্ষণিকের জন্য (For a Short Time)". They became one of the popular rock acts of the decade and pioneered hard rock and psychedelic rock in Bangladesh. LRB performed in Bengaluru in 1996, making it their first concert out of Bangladesh. They are also the only Bangladeshi artist to perform in Madison Square Garden in New York City. Bachchu has appeared in all the albums of the band.[10]

Solo career[edit]

Despite his career with Souls and LRB, Bachchu also led a successful solo career. He released his first solo album "রক্ত গোলাপ (Blood Rose)" in September 1986, by Zaheed Electronics, Chittagong City. Though, his debut album was not a big success, he found immediate success after releasing the album "ময়না (Moyna)" in 1988. He found his breakthrough with that album. After a long break of seven years, Bachchu released his third solo album "কষ্ট (Sadness)" in 1995, on which he was working since late-1994. The album was released from Soundtek Electronics, and is one of the greatest rock albums in Bangladesh. The album features his signature songs like "'কষ্ট কাকে বলে (What is Called Hurt?)", "কষ্ট পেতে ভালোবাসি (Love to Get Hurt)". Till 2015, he had released seventeen studio albums. His last studio album was "জীবনের গল্প (Story of Life)".

Other works[edit]

Bachchu performed live with Richard and Le Gang, Remo Fernandes, Nandon Bugchi and Bickram Ghosh of India and Azam Khan, Feelings, Miles, Warfaze. He appeared as a judge on "IIM Joka Rock Fest" in India, Benson and Hedges Star Search I and II, and D-Rockstar I. Bachchu was one of the panel judges of Bangladeshi Idol. He led LRB at the South Asian Bands Festival 2013. He has worked as a music director for Azam Khan, Niloy Das, Khalid Hasan Milu, Tapan Chowdhury, Rupam Islam, Hasan Abidur Reza Jewel, Alam Ara Minu, Jholo and many others.[11]Bachchu was renowned for his musical scoring of television commercials. He wrote songs for Grameenphone, provided the tune and music arrangement for the song "দল লাগে দল (The Team takes the Team)" for the local television channels on the occasion of the FIFA World Cup 2014.[12][13][14] Bachchu collaborated with Radio Foorti to bring new talents and fresh voices into the spotlight by giving them a platform to perform and shine. Bachchu was one of the leaders of Bangladesh Musical Bands Association (BAMBA). In Bangabandhu National Stadium, in the "T-20 World Cup 2014" opening ceremony, Bachchu got in a controversy with Hamin Ahmed of Miles, which led him to cancel the membership of the association.[15]

Legacy[edit]

"The trend in Bangladeshi music that Azam Khan initiated was taken to a new height by Ayub Bachchu. His death is an irreparable loss for Bangladeshi music."

Fakir Alamgir

Bachchu is widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist of Bangladesh. He ranked second on The Top Tens list of "Top 10 Greatest Guitarist of Bangladesh".

Guitarist who were influenced by him includes, Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal (Warfaze), Iqbal Asif Jewel (Miles, Legend, Warfaze), Ershad Zaman (Artcell), George Lincoln D' Costa (Artcell), Oni Hasan (Vibe, Warfaze), Saimum Hasan Nahian (Powersurge, Severe Dementia), Samir Hafiz (Powersurge, Severe Dementia, AvoidRafa).

Ex-Minister of Cultural Affairs, Asaduzzaman Noor said, "the fact that people from all walk of life were affected by the departure of Ayub Bachchu is testament to his greatness as an artist. I was fortunate enough to have personally known him since his starting days. He was an immensely passionate person." Hamin Ahmed of Miles said, "when Ayub Bachchu started his career, the guitar wasn't as prominent as an instrument. He made sure that it was the heart and soul of his music, and the entire country followed. That alone is enough to explain his legacy." Bappa Mazumder of Dalchhut said, "The great man not only taught us about music, but taught us how to be a great human. I always admired how much he loved his mother, and requested other people to take care of their parents."

In 19 December, 2018 Asif Akbar has released a song for Ayub Bachchu, with the title "A Tribute to the Great Legend Ayub Bachchu" from Dhruba Music Station.[16]

Awards[edit]

16th Tele Cine Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Ayub Bachchu Lifetime Achievement Award[17] Won

32nd Bachsas Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 Ayub Bachchu Best Male Vocal[18] Won

Meril Prothom Alo Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 Love Runs Blind Best Band of the Year Won
1999 Love Runs Blind Best Band of the Year Won
2000 Love Runs Blind Best Band of the Year Won
2001 "মন চাইলে মন পাবে (You'll Get My Heart if You Want it)" Album of the Year Won
2005 Love Runs Blind Best Band of the Year Won
2007 "স্পর্শ (Touch)" Album of the Year Won

Channel i Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 "স্পর্শ (Touch)" Album of the Year Won

Personal life[edit]

Bachchu was married to Ferdous Chandana in 30 January 1991. The couple had two children, including daughter Fairuj Saffra Ayub and son Ahnaf Tazwar Ayub. Bachchu was the brand ambassador of Pepsi in the 1990s.

AB Kitchen[edit]

AB Kitchen is a full service audio recording studio and production company founded by Ayub Bachchu in 1998. Over 40 studio albums, numerous AD Jingles, TV drama, films and film scores have been recorded in the studio. The first album produced by the label was Bachchu's "সময় (Time)" in 1999. From 2001, all the albums of LRB have been recorded and released by the label. It has also started three projects, including D-Rockstars (2005), R-Music (2006) and Sa 2 Sa (2007). All of these were televised respectively in G-Series TV, RTV and Channel I.

Equipment[edit]

Bachchu had a collection of 65 guitars. He mostly played Ibanez guitars, particularly the Carvin guitar. He used Carvin Kiesel guitars, Dean Rusty Cooley RC6 and Michael Angelo Batio. He also owned various signature guitars by some of his favorite guitarists, including a Steve Vai JEM Junior White, Jason Becker JB200C. In July 2017, he sold five of his guitars to young guitar players, with whom he wanted to start a competition of guitarists.[b][19]He used a Marshall JCM2000 amp onstage.

Death[edit]

Bachchu was admitted to a private hospital in the capital on November 27, 2012. He was admitted in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) under supervision of a cardiologist of the hospital. Bachchu was suffering from lung ailment. Due to accretion of water in his lungs, he was experiencing respiratory problems. He recovered after receiving treatment.[20] On Thursday, 18 October 2018, he died of cardiac failure at his residence in Maghbazar, Dhaka at 21:55 BST at the age of 56[21].He gave his last performance in Rangpur, Bangladesh, two days before his death.[22] He was declared dead at the Square Hospital, Dhaka.[23] He was kept in the Central Shaheed Minar up to four hours in October 19, where his contemporaries and fans paid tribute to him for the last time[24][25].His first Janaza was held in the National Eidgah Field in Dhaka.[26][27]His body was taken to Chittagong City on 20 October, 2018 in his maternal house in East Madarbari.[28]He was taken in the Jamaitul Falah Mosque for his 4th and last Janaza. He was buried in the graveyard of Chaitanya Goli, beside his mother's grave.[29][30][31]

Tribute concert[edit]

After the death of Bachchu, rock and metal artists of Bangladesh held a tribute concert at the Music and Dance Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on December 2, 2018, arranged by BAMBA. Some of the notable performances included, "কেউ সুখী নয় (No One is Happy)" performed by Shafin Ahmed, "রুপালি গীটার (Silver Guitar)" performed by Bappa Mazumder, "নীল বেদনা (Blue Grief)" by Jamshed Chowdhury (Powersurge), Emil (Shunno) and Sufi (Arbovirus) together performed the song "Bangladesh".[32]

Artists from both West Bengal and Bangladesh held a tribute concert for Bachchu at the Patuli Lokosanskriti Mela Ground in Kolkata on 24 December, titled "অাইয়ুব বাচ্চুর স্মরণে দুই বাংলার রকবাজি (In the Memorium of Ayub Bachchu, the Rocking of two Bangla)".[33][34]The concert was organized by Cafe Kabira, a popular cafe in Kolkata. Bangladeshi musicians included, Maqsood Haque (Maqsood 'O Dhaka), Sina Hasan (Bangla Five), George Lincoln D'Costa (Artcell), Mehreen, Subrata Barua Rony (ex-Souls), Imran Hussain (Rockstrata). Bachchu's teacher Jacob Dayas was also present at the concert. The show featured Indian artists like, Pradip Chattopadhyay Bula and Bapi (Moheener Ghoraguli), Anindya (Shohor), Avijit Burman and Soumitra Roy (Bhumi), Upal (Chandrabindu), Shilajit Majumder, Gaurav Chattopadhyai (Lakkhichhara), Bramhakhapa, Deb Chowdhury and Sidhu (Cactus) performed at the concert.

10 Bangladeshi bands from Canada including, Oboshor, Band4, Tulu and the Lightman, Sector 2.0, Reflection, Chandan and Friends, Shoor, Shikor, Jantrik, TWB and Manush held a tribute concert at the Cardinal Newman High School in Toronto on December 15, 2018.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • "রক্ত গোলাপ (Blood Rose)" (1986)
  • "ময়না (Moyna)" (1989)
  • "কষ্ট (Sadness)" (1995)
  • "সময় (Time)" (1998)
  • "একা (Alone)" (1999)
  • "প্রেম তুমি কি? (Love, What are you?)" (2000)
  • "দুটি মন (Two Souls)" (2002)
  • "কাফেলা (Caravan)" (2002)
  • "প্রেম প্রেমের মতো (Love is Like Love)" (2003)
  • "পথের গান (Way Song)" (2004)
  • "ভাটির টানে, মাটির টানে (In the Bhati Songs, the Soil is Drawn)" (2006)
  • "জীবন (Life)" (2006)
  • Sound of Silence (2007)
  • "রিমঝিম বৃষ্টি (Rain)" (2008)
  • "বলিনি কখনো (Never Said)" (2009)
  • "জীবনের গল্প (Story of Life)" (2015)

Souls[edit]

  • Super Souls (1982)
  • "কলেজের করিডোরে (In the Corridors of College)" (1985)
  • "মানুষ মাটির কাছাকাছি (People are Close to the Ground)" (1987)
  • East and West (1988)

Film scores[edit]

Below is the list of films where Bachchu produced the original soundtrack.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Bachchu stated that his friend gave him the electric guitar after, he showed more interest towards the guitar.
  2. ^ Sources indicate that Bachchu sold five of his guitars because he couldn’t bear the maintenance costs for them anymore. The five guitars were Ernie Ball Music Man Axis, Carvin Jason Becker, Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci and Charvel.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad (2019-04-16). "Ayub Bachchu, the sole owner of LRB: Copyright Office". BD News24. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  2. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad (19 October 2018). "Ayub Bachchu: An inspiration for the young generation". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad. "Top Ten Guitarist of Bangladesh". www.thetoptens.com. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad (12 August 2016). "Ayub Bachchu: The Daily Star". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  5. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad (22 July 2018). "Top Ten Richest Celebrities in Bangladesh". Top Richests. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
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  7. ^ "Ayub Bachchu at a glance". www.prothomalo.com. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
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  11. ^ "Ayub Bachhu busy with World Cup song". The Independent. Dhaka. 2014-06-05. Archived from the original on 2015-01-01.
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  14. ^ "Five new Ayub Bachchu songs launched by GP". The Daily Star. 2014-02-22.
  15. ^ Malik, Shadma (2014-07-20). "BAMBA to go big with 3-day concert this Eid". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  16. ^ "Asif Akbar releases new song for Ayub Bachchu". Culture Desk. The Daily Observer. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  17. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad (2017-06-05). "Six Bangladeshi artists win the Tele Cine Awards". New Age B.D. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  18. ^ Afsar Ahmed (28 June 2004). "32nd BACHSAS Awards: A glitzy night Recognition of outstanding media talents". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Ayub Bachchu to sell 5 of his guitars". Prothom Alo. www.prothomalo.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
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  23. ^ "Legendary Bangladeshi Singer Ayub Bachchu Passes Away at 56 Due to Heart Failure". News18.
  24. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad (March 7, 2019) (20 October 2018). "A sea of mourners in the Central Shaheed Minar". Daily Star. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
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  26. ^ "Ayub Bachchu's Janaza in Dhaka on Friday". Jago News24. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  27. ^ "Remembering Ayub Bachchu through his music". www.icetoday.net. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  28. ^ "Ayub Bachchu laid to rest in Chattogram amid outpouring of love, tribute". Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  29. ^ "Ayub Bachchu laid to rest next to his mother". Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  30. ^ "Rock legend Ayub Bachchu passes away". The Daily Star. 2018-10-18. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  31. ^ "India grieves over Ayub Bachchu's untimely demise". www.thetimesofindia.com. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  32. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad (7 March, 2019) (3 December 2018). "Tribute to Ayub Bachchu by BAMBA". Daily Star. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  33. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad (March 7, 2019) (14 November 2018). "Tribute Concert in Kolkata". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  34. ^ Mahid Ul Ibad (March 7 2019) (25 November 2018). "In Memorium of Ayub Bachchu". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  35. ^ "Ayub Bachchu goes International". Priyo. 2012-01-21. Archived from the original on 2012-01-23.
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  37. ^ "'আইয়ুব বাচ্চু একটা সবুজ বাংলা গান". Deutsche Welle. 2018-10-18. Retrieved 2018-10-19.

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