Maqsood shares his Eid experiencesCultural Correspondent
Noted band musician of the country Maqsoodul Haque had a packed schedule for this Eid-Ul-Fitr festival with an array of television programmes aired on different channels.
One of the most noteworthy programmes of Maqsood this Eid was Mojo Unplugged Moments, a special series that was aired on Eid days at midnight on Boishakhi TV.
Hosted by Maqsood in three of six episodes, the show featured songs from different genres and lively conversations with the singers and phone-in audience.
‘I really enjoyed the shows where I had the opportunity to speak to other artistes and listen to their songs,’ said Maqsood.
As a programme host he always strived to present something new to the audience. ‘Generally our musical shows are quite monotonous because the host just sits idle and the guest musicians perform. These shows offer minimal background on the artistes and their careers,’ shared Maqsood, ‘But I made it more spontaneous by being more active as a host and closely conversing with the artistes all of whom I know personally. In one episode, I even sang Eagles “Hotel California” ’ revealed the artiste.
Besides, Maqsood participated in two talk shows, a recorded show in Again TV and a live concert in Maasranga TV with his band Maqsood O Dhaka. ‘In the talk shows, I shared about issues related to the music industry of the country with other music exponents,’ said Maqsood, who was previously with the popular band Feedback and now is leading his own Jazz-Rock fusion music band Maqsood O Dhaka.
‘We are planning to launch a new album as our last album Ogo Bhalobasha was released in 1999. The current situation of the industry is not promising. Releasing an album requires days of hard work and brain storming. We are hesitant to release our album due to online free downloads and piracy,’ informed Maqsood, who also observed that there is a new trend in the market to release songs online.
‘I welcome the trend of releasing songs on websites. However before adopting it, I am taking time to observe the situation,’ stated Maqsood, who has rendered ever popular, hit numbers including Melai jaire, Moushumi, and many others.
‘I have written and composed about 28 songs of Feedback and I often perform these songs on different concerts. However, Maqsood o Dhaka also has over 15 hit numbers. There are some political and romantic songs by the band that I perform quite often,’ revealed Maqsood.
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