POST TIME: 16 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Sufi rock band Junoon set to dazzle closing night
DL desk, Dhaka

Sufi rock band Junoon set to dazzle closing night

The musicians from Bangladesh, India and Georgia performed on the opening day of Dhaka International Folk Fest 2019 in the capital’s Army Stadium on Thursday. (1) Bhabna Nritya Dol from Bangladesh, (2) Chveneburebi from Georgia, (3) Anjan Chowdhury, Chairman of Sun Foundation and Sun Communications Limited addressing the opening ceremony, (4) Daler Mehndi from India and (5) Shah Alam Sarkar from Bangladesh DhakaLive’s photographer JAKI ZAMAN captured these photos on the first day of the event from the venue. n

The curtain will fall on the three-day ‘Dhaka International Folk Fest 2019’ today with the performance of Junoon, a Sufi rock band from Pakistan, at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital. Also, Malek Kawal, Chandana Majumdar from Bangladesh and Sattuma from Russia will also perform tonight.

Junoon is sweeping melodies all over the world with their love for eastern mystical Sufi music for decades now. Junoon was founded in 1990 by Salman Ahmad the lead guitarist of the band. Ali Azmat and Brian O’Connell are the other members of the band. For the last twenty-five years, Junoon has entwined the audience with magical euphony of Sufi music.

Junoon is Pakistan’s and one of South Asia’s most successful bands; the Q magazine regarded them as ‘One of the biggest bands in the world’ and The New York Times called Junoon ‘the U2 of Pakistan’. Since their inception, the group has released a collective total of nineteen albums: seven studio albums; one soundtrack; two live albums; four video albums; and five compilations. They have sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

Malek Kawal has been practicing Qawwali songs for more than four decades now. He started his musical lessons from his Guru Mohin Kawal, later from Ostad Tunu Kawal. He is an expert of Qawwali music along with Maijvandari songs. He wants to spread the melody of Qawwali music to everyone.

The admirer of Lalon, Chandana Majumdar is one of the eminent folk singers of Bangladesh. Listeners find solace in the singing of this winner of ‘Bangladesh National Film Award’. She was raised in a musical family in Kushtia. She performs songs of Radharomon, Hasonraja and Shah Abdul Karim. Chandana takes inspiration from Nina Hamid, Ferdausi Rahman, Rathindranath Roy, Indra Mohan Rajbongshi, Farida Parveen and Kiran Chandra Roy.

From the faraway lands of Russian Karelia Sattuma is a Karelian-Finnish Folk band. This family-based Neo-folk band has been harmoniously blending the traditional and modern times. Since the beginning in 2003, Sattuma has pulled the heartstrings of people from Russia, USA, Finland, Scandinavia, Estonia, and Germany with their repertoire in different concert, halls, clubs and festivals. The songs of Sattuma range from the dialects of Finnish, Karelian and Russian. l