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Reggae Music recognized as global cultural heritage

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Reggae music - whose calm, lilting grooves found international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley - has won a coveted spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures.
UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible cultural heritage” deemed worthy of protection and promotion on Thursday.
Reggae music’s “contribution to the international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual,” UNESCO said.
The music genre joined a list of cultural traditions that include the horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, a Mongolian camel-coaxing ritual and Czech puppetry, along with more than 300 other traditional practices ranging from boat-building and pilgrimages to cooking.
Reggae emerged in the late 1960s out of Jamaica’s ska and rocksteady genres, also drawing influence from American jazz and blues. The style quickly became popular in the United States as well as in Britain, where many Jamaican immigrants had moved in the post-WWII years.
Reggae also became associated with Rastafarianism, which deified the former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie and promoted the sacramental use of ganja, or marijuana.
The 1968 single “Do the Reggay” by Toots and the Maytals was the first popular song to use the name, and Marley and his group the Wailers produced classic hits such as “No Woman, No Cry” and “Stir It Up”.  
Jamaica applied for reggae’s inclusion on the list this year at a meeting of the UN agency on the island of Mauritius, where 40 proposals were under consideration.
“Reggae is uniquely Jamaican,” said Olivia Grange, the Caribbean island nation’s culture minister, before the vote. “It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world.”

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Reggae music - whose calm, lilting grooves found international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley - has won a coveted spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures.
UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible cultural heritage” deemed worthy of protection and promotion on Thursday.
Reggae music’s “contribution to the international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual,” UNESCO said.
The music genre joined a list of cultural traditions that include the horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, a Mongolian camel-coaxing ritual and Czech puppetry, along with more than 300 other traditional practices ranging from boat-building and pilgrimages to cooking.
Reggae emerged in the late 1960s out of Jamaica’s ska and rocksteady genres, also drawing influence from American jazz and blues. The style quickly became popular in the United States as well as in Britain, where many Jamaican immigrants had moved in the post-WWII years.
Reggae also became associated with Rastafarianism, which deified the former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie and promoted the sacramental use of ganja, or marijuana.
The 1968 single “Do the Reggay” by Toots and the Maytals was the first popular song to use the name, and Marley and his group the Wailers produced classic hits such as “No Woman, No Cry” and “Stir It Up”.  
Jamaica applied for reggae’s inclusion on the list this year at a meeting of the UN agency on the island of Mauritius, where 40 proposals were under consideration.
“Reggae is uniquely Jamaican,” said Olivia Grange, the Caribbean island nation’s culture minister, before the vote. “It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world.”


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Jazz Music Concert by the band “Tubes & Wires”,  held  at BSA

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A Jazz Music Concert by the band "Tubes & Wires", was held on Tuesday, 4 December 2018, evening at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Experimental Theatre Hall premise.
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, organized this concert, according  to a press release.
Niels Klein's quartet Tubes & Wires, currently on a jazz tour in South Asia, present a unique instrumental line-up based on electrified clarinets and analogue synthesizers to create a strangely diffused analogue-electric sound.
As a quartet band who play forceful rock music in the attitude of jazz musicians through implementation of their instrumental techniques, their's is a version of indie-jazz-rock music that transcends stylistic borders.
With Lars Duppler on e-piano and synthesizers, Hanno Busch on guitar and bass, Ralf Gessler on drums, and the bandleader on various clarinets, Klein presents forceful rock music that is played with the attitude of jazz musicians when it comes to instrumental technique. Saxophonist, clarinettist and composer Klein named his band and new CD somewhat jokingly Tubes & Wires. 'Tubes' stands for the various clarinets that Klein plays and 'Wires' represents the many electronic, analogue and digital devices that connect with cables and drive his 'effect clarinets'.
Klein's Tubes & Wires quartet in fact sounds as if he, together with his band mates, transported Joe Zawinul's motto for the 1970s group Weather Report, 'We always solo, we never solo,' into the present for contemporary improvisers from Europe. Klein explains, 'I step back from the position of a soloist, and act with my effect clarinets more like an electronic 'wind organ'. My band mates offer a flexible set of instruments that consists of guitars, basses, keyboards and drums in order to create a strange analogue-electric sound.'
There are several reasons for the strangely diffuse sound of Tubes & Wires; since each musician in Klein's quartet takes on different functions with their various instruments, it is easy to transcend stylistic borders, to stretch the improvisations beyond the limits of tonality and combine elements from the sound and groove into a collage made up of jazz, rock, pop, funk and club culture. Generally, there aren't any digital derivatives in use but real, analogue instruments. For example, Lars Duppler plays a 'real' synthesizer and since there happened to be a harmonium around the studio, Duppler took its sound and incorporated it into the band, while Hanno Busch connected his guitars and his bass to an array of sound pedals. Tension from the drum set is infused into the rhythmic foundation of the band. For Tubes & Wires, Klein serves not just as the classic bandleader, but rather as a guiding spirit. On an ad hoc basis he manages how the various sound levels are put together or separated, which phrases are played at what points and decides which facets of his collage will take the limelight at what time. With his 'effect clarinets' he conducts the flow of ideas in an impromptu manner; he is in the thick of the action and on an equal footing with his musicians. Despite the musical profundity, Klein's compositions are infused with a sense of humour.

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A Jazz Music Concert by the band "Tubes & Wires", was held on Tuesday, 4 December 2018, evening at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Experimental Theatre Hall premise.
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, organized this concert, according  to a press release.
Niels Klein's quartet Tubes & Wires, currently on a jazz tour in South Asia, present a unique instrumental line-up based on electrified clarinets and analogue synthesizers to create a strangely diffused analogue-electric sound.
As a quartet band who play forceful rock music in the attitude of jazz musicians through implementation of their instrumental techniques, their's is a version of indie-jazz-rock music that transcends stylistic borders.
With Lars Duppler on e-piano and synthesizers, Hanno Busch on guitar and bass, Ralf Gessler on drums, and the bandleader on various clarinets, Klein presents forceful rock music that is played with the attitude of jazz musicians when it comes to instrumental technique. Saxophonist, clarinettist and composer Klein named his band and new CD somewhat jokingly Tubes & Wires. 'Tubes' stands for the various clarinets that Klein plays and 'Wires' represents the many electronic, analogue and digital devices that connect with cables and drive his 'effect clarinets'.
Klein's Tubes & Wires quartet in fact sounds as if he, together with his band mates, transported Joe Zawinul's motto for the 1970s group Weather Report, 'We always solo, we never solo,' into the present for contemporary improvisers from Europe. Klein explains, 'I step back from the position of a soloist, and act with my effect clarinets more like an electronic 'wind organ'. My band mates offer a flexible set of instruments that consists of guitars, basses, keyboards and drums in order to create a strange analogue-electric sound.'
There are several reasons for the strangely diffuse sound of Tubes & Wires; since each musician in Klein's quartet takes on different functions with their various instruments, it is easy to transcend stylistic borders, to stretch the improvisations beyond the limits of tonality and combine elements from the sound and groove into a collage made up of jazz, rock, pop, funk and club culture. Generally, there aren't any digital derivatives in use but real, analogue instruments. For example, Lars Duppler plays a 'real' synthesizer and since there happened to be a harmonium around the studio, Duppler took its sound and incorporated it into the band, while Hanno Busch connected his guitars and his bass to an array of sound pedals. Tension from the drum set is infused into the rhythmic foundation of the band. For Tubes & Wires, Klein serves not just as the classic bandleader, but rather as a guiding spirit. On an ad hoc basis he manages how the various sound levels are put together or separated, which phrases are played at what points and decides which facets of his collage will take the limelight at what time. With his 'effect clarinets' he conducts the flow of ideas in an impromptu manner; he is in the thick of the action and on an equal footing with his musicians. Despite the musical profundity, Klein's compositions are infused with a sense of humour.


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Trainwreck to represent Bangladesh in India

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Metal band Trainwreck won the first Wacken Metal Battle Bangladesh chapter and they will represent our country in Bangalore Open Air in February 2019. The battle took place at the Russian Cultural Centre on Saturday. The event was sponsored by G-Shock.
Rafa, one of the judges of the battle said:" Five bands competed against each other in front of the judges and we selected the winner based on overall performance, including crowd performance, originality, etc."
The jury panel also included Lincoln from Artcell, and Amit, vocalist of Orato. "Bangalore Open Air is a huge festival and it opens the door for  metal bands from different countries to perform at Wacken Open Air (W: O: A) which takes place in Germany every year," said Rafa. The selection process of the battle was very competitive.
Approximately 77 bands sent their demos to the Bangalore Open Air committee from which they selected five bands.Later, these five bands performed in the metal battle with their original numbers in front of a jury panel and a crowd of metalheads. Each band performed for 30 minutes.
Torture Goregrinder, Karma, Ionic Bond, and Infidel, also battled in the competition.  A K Rahul, guitarist of Trainwreck said: "We are super excited to have won this battle; it was like a dream come true." "We have been dreaming of this for so long; we used to watch YouTube videos of Bangalore Open Air and Wacken Open Air," explained Rahul in excitement.

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Metal band Trainwreck won the first Wacken Metal Battle Bangladesh chapter and they will represent our country in Bangalore Open Air in February 2019. The battle took place at the Russian Cultural Centre on Saturday. The event was sponsored by G-Shock.
Rafa, one of the judges of the battle said:" Five bands competed against each other in front of the judges and we selected the winner based on overall performance, including crowd performance, originality, etc."
The jury panel also included Lincoln from Artcell, and Amit, vocalist of Orato. "Bangalore Open Air is a huge festival and it opens the door for  metal bands from different countries to perform at Wacken Open Air (W: O: A) which takes place in Germany every year," said Rafa. The selection process of the battle was very competitive.
Approximately 77 bands sent their demos to the Bangalore Open Air committee from which they selected five bands.Later, these five bands performed in the metal battle with their original numbers in front of a jury panel and a crowd of metalheads. Each band performed for 30 minutes.
Torture Goregrinder, Karma, Ionic Bond, and Infidel, also battled in the competition.  A K Rahul, guitarist of Trainwreck said: "We are super excited to have won this battle; it was like a dream come true." "We have been dreaming of this for so long; we used to watch YouTube videos of Bangalore Open Air and Wacken Open Air," explained Rahul in excitement.


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‘The great AB remembered’

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A Farewell tribute event was held on Sunday evening in remembrance of Ayub Bachchu, the eminent singer, songwriter, composer and lead guitarist of LRB.
The president and executive committee of Bangladesh Musical Bands Association (BAMBA) arranged an event on Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
Ayub Bachchu was also an active member of BAMBA and its executive committee. In the event, Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, Minister of Cultural Affairs Ministry was present as the chief guest and Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy was also present as a special guest.
In remembrance of Bachchu, Asaduzzaman Noor gave a small speech recalling old sweet memories with legendary singer and composer Ayub Bachchu. Singer Rofiq, Bappa Majumder, Maksud, Hamin along with other singers performed Bachchu's songs. Shironamhin, Artcell, Mechanix and other bands poured their respect by dedicating their songs to the great singer AB.

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A Farewell tribute event was held on Sunday evening in remembrance of Ayub Bachchu, the eminent singer, songwriter, composer and lead guitarist of LRB.
The president and executive committee of Bangladesh Musical Bands Association (BAMBA) arranged an event on Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
Ayub Bachchu was also an active member of BAMBA and its executive committee. In the event, Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, Minister of Cultural Affairs Ministry was present as the chief guest and Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy was also present as a special guest.
In remembrance of Bachchu, Asaduzzaman Noor gave a small speech recalling old sweet memories with legendary singer and composer Ayub Bachchu. Singer Rofiq, Bappa Majumder, Maksud, Hamin along with other singers performed Bachchu's songs. Shironamhin, Artcell, Mechanix and other bands poured their respect by dedicating their songs to the great singer AB.


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DU Central Theatre Fest begins

A scene from Macbeth.

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The 13th Dhaka University Central Annual Theatre Festival began amid festivity on Monday at TSC Auditorium.
The six-day festival organised by DU theatre and performance studies department, in association with cultural affairs ministry, was inaugurated by Dhaka University vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman at TSC auditorium.
The inaugural ceremony featured show of Macbeth by DU students and an awards programme.
The theatre and performance studies department honoured thespian Ataur Rahman with special award for his contribution to theatre.
The students of the department later staged Macbeth directed by Israfil Shaheen, a professor of the department. Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, revolves around a Scottish general named Macbeth. The play depicts how political ambition takes its toll on those who seek power for their own sake.
The play was staged for the second time on Tuesday as part of the festival, which is featuring a total of 25 plays at two venues-TSC auditorium and TSC open field-directed by theatre teachers and students of Dhaka University, Chittagong University and Jagannath University.
Every day the festival will start at 6:00pm and will continue till 9:30pm.
The audience will be able to enjoy the plays staged at TSC open field for free, while a fee will have to be paid for attending the shows at the auditorium.
Today, the festival will feature plays like Captain Hurra at TSC auditorium and My Masterpiece, Suicide Note, Nibhu Nibhu Shuktara, Gonoghorer Kechchha, Kaya Canvas and Dhulor Din Periye at TSC open field.
Tomorrow, the festival will feature plays like Dr Fastas at TSC auditorium and Nirjan Ghodhulir Naach, Lalita Kingba Manush, Iccher Epitaph, Canteen Bhai, Shobuj Ronger Phota and Ora Chole Jay at the open field.

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A scene from Macbeth.

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The 13th Dhaka University Central Annual Theatre Festival began amid festivity on Monday at TSC Auditorium.
The six-day festival organised by DU theatre and performance studies department, in association with cultural affairs ministry, was inaugurated by Dhaka University vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman at TSC auditorium.
The inaugural ceremony featured show of Macbeth by DU students and an awards programme.
The theatre and performance studies department honoured thespian Ataur Rahman with special award for his contribution to theatre.
The students of the department later staged Macbeth directed by Israfil Shaheen, a professor of the department. Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, revolves around a Scottish general named Macbeth. The play depicts how political ambition takes its toll on those who seek power for their own sake.
The play was staged for the second time on Tuesday as part of the festival, which is featuring a total of 25 plays at two venues-TSC auditorium and TSC open field-directed by theatre teachers and students of Dhaka University, Chittagong University and Jagannath University.
Every day the festival will start at 6:00pm and will continue till 9:30pm.
The audience will be able to enjoy the plays staged at TSC open field for free, while a fee will have to be paid for attending the shows at the auditorium.
Today, the festival will feature plays like Captain Hurra at TSC auditorium and My Masterpiece, Suicide Note, Nibhu Nibhu Shuktara, Gonoghorer Kechchha, Kaya Canvas and Dhulor Din Periye at TSC open field.
Tomorrow, the festival will feature plays like Dr Fastas at TSC auditorium and Nirjan Ghodhulir Naach, Lalita Kingba Manush, Iccher Epitaph, Canteen Bhai, Shobuj Ronger Phota and Ora Chole Jay at the open field.


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Mobile book fair on Independence War to begin Dec 8

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A mobile book fair on books on the war of independence will begin its journey from in front of the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka on December 8. Sraban Prakashani and online portal on books Boi News are jointly organising the mobile fair to reach the books on independence war to remote nooks of the country. During the four-month-long mobile fair, a specialized vehicle will go to 64 districts, said the organizers.
Towfiq-e-Elahi Chodhury Bir Bikram, an adviser to the prime minister, will inaugurate the fair at a simple function. Independence war researcher Afsan Chowdhury, Liberation War Museum trustee Ziauddin Tariq Ali, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Ekattar Television managing director Mozammel Babu, journalist writer Abu Sayeed Khan, martyred intellectual Altaf Mahmud's daughter Shawon Mahmud, businessman Tarun Kanti Das, University Press Limited managing director Maharukh Mohiuddin and war-wounded freedom fighter Sadeq Ali will attend the programme as special guests. Artists of Surtirtha will also perform at the inaugural programme.

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A mobile book fair on books on the war of independence will begin its journey from in front of the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka on December 8. Sraban Prakashani and online portal on books Boi News are jointly organising the mobile fair to reach the books on independence war to remote nooks of the country. During the four-month-long mobile fair, a specialized vehicle will go to 64 districts, said the organizers.
Towfiq-e-Elahi Chodhury Bir Bikram, an adviser to the prime minister, will inaugurate the fair at a simple function. Independence war researcher Afsan Chowdhury, Liberation War Museum trustee Ziauddin Tariq Ali, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Ekattar Television managing director Mozammel Babu, journalist writer Abu Sayeed Khan, martyred intellectual Altaf Mahmud's daughter Shawon Mahmud, businessman Tarun Kanti Das, University Press Limited managing director Maharukh Mohiuddin and war-wounded freedom fighter Sadeq Ali will attend the programme as special guests. Artists of Surtirtha will also perform at the inaugural programme.


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Laila Sharmeen exhibits in Paris

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Bangladeshi artist Laila Sharmeen will exhibit her recent mixed media works in December at Spectrum Miami and at the annual international exhibition Salon des Baux Arts in Paris.
The five-day Spectrum Miami, to be held at Miami's arts and culture hub Wynwood Arts District, opens today and curtains opens on Salon des Baux Arts on December 13 at the prestigious Carrousel Du Louvre, says a press release.
She has 11 solos and over 60 international group shows to her credit. In 2011 she won a Purchase Prize at the prestigious 16th Space International Print Biennial held at OCI Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea.
Her works are in permanent collection of many local and international organisations including National Museum of Bangladesh, Izmir Cultural Centre, Central Bank of Bangladesh and leading telecom company of Bangladesh, Grameenphone.
Her artistic concern has been Shantih or Peace. Her quest for Shantih reinforced by her readings of ancient philosophical text Brihadaranyaka Upanishad containing Hindu and Buddhist concepts particularly the ones regarding three duties that each individual must perform.
These duties are Datta Dayadvam Damyata meaning give, compassion and control. The motifs that recur in her canvas such as hena, kash or lotus blossoms or hay stacks or ducks, are symbols of an innocent world of her childhood where she finds for her solace and peace in this world of deceit and disquiet.

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Bangladeshi artist Laila Sharmeen will exhibit her recent mixed media works in December at Spectrum Miami and at the annual international exhibition Salon des Baux Arts in Paris.
The five-day Spectrum Miami, to be held at Miami's arts and culture hub Wynwood Arts District, opens today and curtains opens on Salon des Baux Arts on December 13 at the prestigious Carrousel Du Louvre, says a press release.
She has 11 solos and over 60 international group shows to her credit. In 2011 she won a Purchase Prize at the prestigious 16th Space International Print Biennial held at OCI Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea.
Her works are in permanent collection of many local and international organisations including National Museum of Bangladesh, Izmir Cultural Centre, Central Bank of Bangladesh and leading telecom company of Bangladesh, Grameenphone.
Her artistic concern has been Shantih or Peace. Her quest for Shantih reinforced by her readings of ancient philosophical text Brihadaranyaka Upanishad containing Hindu and Buddhist concepts particularly the ones regarding three duties that each individual must perform.
These duties are Datta Dayadvam Damyata meaning give, compassion and control. The motifs that recur in her canvas such as hena, kash or lotus blossoms or hay stacks or ducks, are symbols of an innocent world of her childhood where she finds for her solace and peace in this world of deceit and disquiet.


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