Fuzon has been on a globe-trotting stint, and even without releasing a new album in over four years, the band keeps busy collaborating with foreign and local artists. On return from a tour in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Images on Sunday spoke to the boys about the experience, Bangla music and other collaborations.
Q. So how was Bangladesh?
Shallum: This was our third in Dhaka and the fan following made us feel right at home. Quite honestly, we were thrilled to see the buildup, anticipation, publicity and the way things were managed.
Our set list included Aankhoon kay Sagar, Khamaj, Tera Bina, Aankhiyan. We also did some Nusrat Fateh Ali covers like Kinna Sohna and Dum Mast Qalander. Our new lead vocalist Khurram Iqbal sang the above-mentioned songs. His voice brings diversity and dexterity to the table.
Rameez, on the other hand, did a magnificent job with Neend na Aaye, Soona Soona, Deewane among others and a famous Bengali song, Soohngee which got everyone singing and dancing.
Shoonoo, an upcoming band from Dhaka and one of the best things that I have heard coming from that neck of the wood also joined us on stage towards the end of Khamaj to play its song which became a hit during that last Cricket World Cup. We played almost three hours nonstop.
Q. How is Pakistani music received there?
Shallum: People in Bangladesh really like Pakistani bands. They have a lot of respect for our music.
Q. Tell us more about Khurram Iqbal?
Shallum: Khurram Iqbal is our new lead vocalist. He’s from Faisalabad and he is undoubtedly the best vocalist that I have come across during the last eight years. He has tremendous control, a soothing, crisp yet powerful vocal tone. He has total command over his technique. His is the voice and talent that we were looking for all these years.
Q. What is the best thing about playing live?
Shallum: It has got to be the energy that builds up and develops when you are on stage with your band mates, that transforms into a positive force and spirit that travels from the stage to the audiences and back. It is also about interaction with the audience, interaction between the musicians and improvisation. It’s magic.
Emu: Playing live is like you’re on the moon.
Q. How do you find Bangla music?
Shallum: Bangla music is rich in melody. They have the taste and understanding of the art form. I have heard some incredible melodies from Bangladesh.
We have extensive plans of working and collaborating with bands and musicians there.
Q. You have been touring for months now. Which is your most memorable venue?
Shallum: The mega concert in Dhaka right next to West Inn Hotel.
Emu: In Olso with a 64-piece Norwegian orchestra band.