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Habib Koité & Bamada from Mali set to perform tonight
DL desk, Dhaka

Habib Koité & Bamada from Mali set to perform tonight

Habib Koité & Bamada (Mali)

Habib Koité, a musician-singer-songwriter based in Mali, and his band, Bamada, a supergroup of West African musicians, are set to perform today on the second day of fifth edition of  ‘Dhaka International Folk Fest 2019’ at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital. Also, Fakir Shahbuddin, Kajol Dewan, Kamruzzaman Rabbi and Shafiqul Islam from Bangladesh and Hina Nasrullah from Pakistan will also perform tonight.

Habib Koité hardly needs an introduction. He is the most popular and recognised folk musician of Mali. In the mid-90s, he made to number three on the European World Music Charts for his first album ‘Muso Ko’. He inherited his passion for music from his family, developed a unique guitar style from his Griot mother. The perfectionist Habib Koité draws on styles from the different regions of Mali by integrating rock and folk sounds of the Western world without toning down his Malian root and music. His band Bamada released five CDs. Habib Koité & Bamada have performed more than 1700 shows since 1994 and that is one of the keys to their success. He, along with his band, appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages worldwide.

Bangla folk music is blessed to have an artist like Fakir Shahabuddin, who sings Baul and Sufi songs. The protégée of Shah Abdul Karim, Fakir Shahabuddin is bestowing Bangla folk music for more than three decades with his enchanting singing. He is a true jewel of Bangla folk music, who has been researching and collecting Baul songs for years now.

Kajol Dewan is considered to be a treasure of Bangla folk songs. He binds audience with his enchanting performance and singing. He was raised in a musical family, where the ambience of melody embedded in his way of living. Holding his father Matal Kobi Abdur Rajjak Dewan’s hand, he stepped into the sphere of folk music. He has released more than 300 audio albums. He has been performing Palagan and Baul songs all over the country.

Kamruzzaman Rabbi got his major breakthrough the only TV reality show of Folk music ‘Bauliana’ organised by Sun Foundation back in 2016. He was the fourth runners-up of the musical talent show. He performs genres like Palli Geeti, Loko Geeti, Lalon Geeti and so on.

Shafikul Islam is the 1st runner-up of ‘Bauliana’ 2016. At such young age, he has already captured the heart of millions with his musical talent. From Mymensingh’s audition round to becoming the top contender in the TV reality show made his musical journey worthwhile.

Hina Nasrullah is a sound of tranquillity and transcendence from Pakistan. Musical Guru Yousaf Salahuddin discovered the talented young girl with a pristine voice who sings folk and Sufi music. After that, she made her debut with a program on PTV called ‘Virsa Heritage’ and since then she has been mesmerizing music lovers from all over the globe. She sings in Urdu, Sindhi and Saraiki language and performs Sufi concerts. She is among the greatest Sufi, Ghazal and folk genres singers. l

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