Iqbal Asif Jewel, one of the most prominent figures of Bangladeshi rock music, has brought together some the biggest rock vocalists of the country, for a spirited cover of “Ma Go Bhabna Keno”, a song that kindled patriotism and valor among countless people during our Liberation War. The song, written by Gouriprasanna Majumdar and composed by Samar Das, has seen numerous renditions by eminent artistes, from Hemanta Mukherjee to Abdul Jabbar.
This latest version, released on the night of March 25 marking Independence Day from Jewel’s YouTube page, brings an energetic, rock flavor, with Jewel himself at the forefront arranging and playing a galloping guitar track alongside lending his vocals. Sumon (Aurthohin), Jon (Indalo, ex-Black), Sufi (Arbovirus), Zohad (Nemesis), Jamshed (Powersurge) and Tridib (Mechanix) are the others singing in the video, with bass playing by Aldnane (Arbovirus). Magnetic sections of Bangabandhu’s historic March 7 address at the interludes of the track adds a fantastic touch, as does the montage of still photos from the Liberation War in the backdrop.
While big corporations often take the opportunity on such national days to produce a song or video branding themselves, to see a personal initiative of a collaborative display of the musicians’ love for the Motherland.