Souls at concert in SUST, 2012
Souls is a Bengali rock band. It was established in Chittagong, and later moved to Dhaka. Former members include Tapan Chowdhury, Ayub Bachchu, Nakib Khan, Naseem Ali. Formed in 1970, it is one of the oldest pop bands in Bangladesh.
Their first line up consisted of Sazed Ul Alam and Lulu on guitars, Newaz on percussion, Roni on drums, and Tajul on vocals.
Towards the end of 1972, founder member Lulu left the band before Nakib Khan joined the band. Nakib Khan's induction into the band was followed by his brother Pilu Khan and Tapan Choudhury.
In 1977 and 1978, Nasim Ali Khan and Ayub Bachchu also joined the band. Afterwards, they started writing and composing their own songs while performing cover songs of western bands in hotels.
In 1980, they released their debut album Super the Souls, which was one of the first albums to be released by a music group in Bangladesh, along with the debut album of the band Shocking Blue. The album features the song "Mon Shudhu Mon Chuyeche". The Kumar Bishwajit song "Torey Putuler Moto Kore Shajiye" is a Souls’ track from their debut album. Abdullah Al Mamoon wrote the lyrics of this song, "Mukhorito Jibon"and "Voole Gecho Tumi" of the same album.
In 1982, they released their second album Colleger Er Corridorey, which features the songs "College Er Corridorey", "Forrest Hill Er", "Football Football", "Khujish Jaharey", and "Paharer AkaBaka". After the release of their second album, Nakib Khan and Pilu khan left the band, going on to form the band Renaissance later on.
In 1987, a reconfigured Souls released their third album Manush Matir Kacha Kachi, which contains the songs "Eitoh Ekhane Brishti Bheja", "Ek Jhaak Paakhi", and "Muthor Bhetor Poddo".
In 1988, they released their fourth album East and West, which had six English and six Bengali songs. Even though they started their career singing English songs, this is the first time they released them. The songs were all written and composed by the band. Afterwards, Ayub Bachchu left Souls to form Little River Band, which was later renamed Love Runs Blind and is also known by its acronym, LRB.
In 1993, Souls released their fifth album E Emon Porichoy, which was Tapan's last appearance in Souls. Afterwards, Tapan Chowdhury left the band to pursue a solo career. Tapan was replaced by Partho Borua as the lead singer
In 1995, Souls released their sixth album Aj Din Katuk Gaane, which features popular songs "Keno Ei Nisshongota", sung by Partho, and "Bestota" and "Chaa-er Cup-e," sung by Naseem Ali.
In 1997, Souls released their seventh album Oshomoyer Gaan which features the songs "Oshomoyer Gaan", "Ami Ar Bhabbo Na", and "Oi Dure Neel". In 2000, they released their first acoustic album, Mukhorito Jibon; it compiled some previously released songs, some remakes of old Indian Bengali songs, along with some newly released songs. "Sharadin Tomay Behbe", "Bashi Shune Ar", and "Mukhorito Jibon" were some of the more widely played tracks from the album.
In 2003 and 2004 respectively, they released their ninth and tenth albums Tarar Uthan and To-Let. To-Let was the last album that sound engineer Mobin worked on before his death in a highway accident in Bangladesh. Their next album was Jhut-Jhamela, which was released in 2006. Their most recent album is Jam, which was released in 2011.
- Naseem Ali Khan – lead vocals (since 1977)
- Partha Barua – lead guitar and vocals (since 1989)
- Sk Ahasanur Rahman Ashiq – drums and percussion (since 2000)
- Md. Maruf Hasan Talukder (Real) – bass and backing vocals (since 2012)
- Meer Masum – keyboard and backing vocals (since 2003)
- Naqib Khan - Keyboard & Vocals(1972–82)
- Ayub Bachchu - Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals(1978-1989)
- Tapan Chowdhury (singer) - Vocals(1975-1993)
- Pilu Khan - Drums(1993-2000)
- Roni Barua - Drums(1972-1993)
- Super Souls (1980)
- College er Corridor (1982)
- Manush Matir Kachakachi (1987)
- East & West (1988)
- E Amon Porichoy (1993)
- Aj Din Katuk ganee (1995)
- Oshomoyer Gaan (1997)
- Mukhorito Jibon (2000)
- Tarar Uthane (2003)
- To Let (2004)
- Jhut jhamela (2006)
- Jam (2011)