Growing up in Chittagong, spending most of his time in the city's GEC, contemporary musician Riad Hasan has incorporated the essence of the place in his new Chittagonian song, aptly titled, GEC. Hasan has composed and written the song himself. It is now available on his YouTube channel. Shuvo Ds, John S Munshi, Samiul Momith are behind the guitar, bass and shaker respectively for the song, while Syed Kamrujjaman Sujan has done the mixing and mastering.
“I sing both in Bangla and Chittagonian,” says Hasan. “In 2007, I uploaded an informal recording of the song on YouTube. I was happy to receive positive reactions from people. However, I did not have any formal recording. So, I thought of re-recording it and releasing it.”
He further adds that Shyam Sundar Baishnab and Shefali Ghosh are his inspirations. “Both of them are renowned folk artistes of Chittagong. Being inspired by them I try to write Chittagonian songs in a modern-day style,” says Hasan.
Riad Hasan released his first solo album, Jodi Bhabo in 2014. His other Chittagonian songs are called Digital Fua and Satkaniya- Fatikchor.