Foad Nasser Babu: A legend of country’s band music

Culture Desk

31 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Foad Nasser Babu: A legend of country’s band music

Foad Nasser Babu is a living legend in the band music arena of Bangladesh. He is simultaneously a keyboardist, lyricist, music composer and music director. He is mostly known for his amazing composition of evergreen Bangla songs. And he is also known for his genius on keyboards.

Born in Kushtia in 1960 on this day, the noted musician started his journey in the music industry as a base-guitarist with pop guru Azam Khan in 1974. Since then, he has been working in music industry over four decades with reputation.       

He also founded prominent Bangladeshi rock band ‘Feedback’ in 1977. Feedback’s first recorded song was ‘Aye Din Chiro Din Robey’ in 1980. The song ‘Melay Jaire’ of   ‘Feedback’ is one of his best composition, written and melody composed by Maqsoodul Haque.

Popular singers Syed Abdul Hadi, Sabina Yasmin, Rafiqul Alam, Abida Sultana, Andrew Kishore, Fahmida Nabi, Samina Chowdhury and others have lend their voice under Foad Nasser’s composition.

He also composes music for radio and television commercials, theme and background score for drama, feature films and documentaries. In Bangladesh, TV commercials (jingle) has got a modern feel and thereafter propelled to the ultra-modern genre with his decades-long effort.

He also directed music for a number of Bangla movies, including, ‘Cholona’ (1989), ‘Ghor Amar Ghor’ (1990), ‘Paper Shasthi’ (1996) and ‘Apekkha’.

As a bass guitarist he has been performing with Runa Laila for the last four decades. 

In 1972, Babu composed his first song ‘Abar Eshechhe Shey Muktir Logno’ - a Gono Sangeet   written by Ahmed Bashir, performed by Shomonbo i Shilpi Goshthi. ‘Udashi Ey Mone’ was his first recorded song. Babu owns the recording studio ‘Art of Noise in Dhaka’.