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Name  Faruq Anam
Native name  ফারুক মাহফুজ আনাম

Birth name  Faruq Mahfuz Anam
James (musician)
Also known as  Nagar Baul, Guru, James
Genres  Psychedelic rock, rock, hard rock
Occupation(s)  Singer-songwriter, actor, composer
Instruments  Guitar, bass, vocals, khamok, keyboards, drums, Saxophone, Fluite, Percussions

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Faruq Mahfuz Anam (Bengali: ফারুক মাহফুজ আনাম), (known by his stage name James) is a Bangladeshi singer, guitarist, and composer. He is often referred to as "Guru". James is currently the lead guitarist and vocalist of the band Nagar Baul (the Urban Medincant). He has also played back in few songs in Bollywood movies. James rose to mainstream fame in the 1990s as the frontman of "Feelings" now renamed "Nagar Baul" which is one of the "Big Three of Rock", who were responsible for developing and popularising rock music in Bangladesh, the other two being LRB and Ark. James is considered to be the pioneer of psychedelic rock in Bangladesh.

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Early life

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James was born in Naogaon and raised in Rajshahi and Chittagong. His father was a government employee who was later appointed as the Chairman of the Chittagong Education Board. From his teens, James developed an avid interest in music, an interest which his family did not accept or support. He first played guitar with his friends when he was in class seven in 1973. Following a huge dispute with his family, James left his house when he was in class eight. He started living in a dormitory called Aziz Boarding in Chittagong. This is the place his musical career kickstarted and flourished after he met the musicians from the band "Feelings". He joined "Feelings" as the vocal and lead guitarist.

Musical career

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After some members left "Feelings" in 1980, James, along with Funty, Pablo and Swapan reformed the band and started to perform in local gigs. This was the line-up at that time:


  • James – Lead Guitar, Vocal
  • Funty – Drums
  • Pablo – Keyboards, Vocal
  • Swapan – Bass Guitar

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    He became popular among musicians as 'The one who can play Mark Knoepffler with the right feels'. After several years of stage shows, they came to Dhaka to record their first album, 'Station Road'. All the tracks were composed by James, with five of its lyrics being written by him as well. Though the album was not a hit, some tracks like 'Ager Jonome', 'Amai Jete Dao' and 'Rupshagor' enjoyed moderate success.

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    In 1993, they released their second album 'Jail Theke Bolchhi' (Speaking from the Jail). This album was a major hit and Feelings became a mainstream band.

    Bangladesh

    James sings psychedelic rock and blues music. He has cited Jim Morrison, Mark Knofler, and Eric Clapton as his influences. Many lyricists have written songs for James including Poet Shamsur Rahman, Prince Mahmud, Marjuk Rasel, Shibli and Deholovi. Musicians like Lucky Akhand and Manam Ahmed have also composed songs for him. The albums he released with Feelings after "Station Road" and "Jail Theke Bolchhi" are "Nogor Baul" in 1996, "Leis Fita Leis" in 1998, "Collection of Feelings" in 1999. His first Solo Album was "Anonna", released in 1989, followed by "Palabe Kothai" in 1995, "Dukkhini Dukkho Korona" in 1997, "Thik Achhe Bondhu" in 1999, "Ami Tomader E Lok" in 2003, "Jonota Express" in 2005, "Toofan" in 2006 and "Kal Jomuna" in 2009. James later renamed "Feelings" as "Nogor Baul". The first & only album as "Nogor Baul" was "Dushtu Cheler Dol", released in 2001.

    Bollywood

    James has been one of the most popular artists, both as a solo musician and with his band in Bangladesh and in West Bengal in India since the 1990s. James met Pritam a Bengali music Composer and Singer working in Bollywood in 2004. in 2005, James did the playback for the movie "Gangster". The title of the song was "Bheegi Bheegi" and it was a blockbuster hit. The song remained at the top of the Bollywood Hit List for more than a month. He later teamed up with Pritam again for the movie "Woh Lamhe" in 2006 for the song "Chal Chalein" and again for "Rishtey" and "Alvida (Reprise)" in the movie "Life in a Metro".

    James' last song in Bollywood titled "Bebasi" was released in 2013, for the movie "Warning 3D". It was released in YouTube ahead of the movie for promotional purposes.

    Modeling and television appearances

    James first appeared in a television commercial for Pepsi in the early 2000s. This commercial was broadcast both in West Bengal and Bangladesh. Later in 2011, James starred in a Bangladeshi TVC for "Black Horse", a brand of energy drinks. James appeared in the Bollywood movie Life in A... Metro where he played the role of a member of a street band (Metro) along with Pritam and Suhail Kaul.

    Personal life

    James was first married to Rothi. In 2002, he ended his first marriage, and married Benazir Sazzad whom he reportedly met during a concert in New York around the year 1999. James has three children: daughters Jannat and Jahaan, and son Daanish.

    Red Dot Entertainment

    James, along with Gazi Shubhro and Jewel Paiker, co-owns the production house RED dot Multimedia Ltd. The company was established in December 2005 and James is the Chairman of its board of directors. The production house was behind the video commercial titled "Beautiful Bangladesh" for the "ICC World Cup Cricket 2011". Red Dot Entertainment produced numerous reality TV shows including D Rock Star (2007), Lux Channel I SuperStar (2010 & 2014), Ke Hote Chay Kotipoti (2011). Red Dot produces TVCs, Music Videos, TV Reality Shows, Corporate Audio Visuals and they are planning to produce a full-length film.

    Photography

    James is also a very enthusiastic amateur photographer. His photos have been used for album covers. He plans to exhibit his works in the future.

    Solo albums and tracks

  • Station Road (1987)
  • Anonna (1989)
  • Jel Theke Bolci (1993)
  • Palabe Kothai (1995)
  • Dukkhini Dukkho Korona (1997)
  • Thik Achhe Bondhu (1999)
  • Ami Tomader E Lok (2003)
  • Jonota Express (2005)
  • Toofan (2007)
  • Kal Jomuna (2008)
  • Bheegi Bheegi (2005, 'Gangster')
  • Chal Chalein (2006, 'Woh Lamhe')
  • Rishtey, Alvida (Reprise) (2007, 'Life in a... Metro')
  • "Bebasi" (2013, 'Warning 3D')
  • Hindi famous song

  • Bheegi bheegi(Gangstar 2006)
  • Alvida
  • Bebasi
  • Station Road (1988)

    Released by Doel Products

    All music composed by James.

    Personnel

  • James – Lead Guitar, Vocal
  • Funty – Drums, Percussions
  • Pablo – Keyboards, Clarinet, Fluite, Vocal
  • Swapan – Bass
  • Jail Theke Bolchhi(1993)

    All music composed by James.

    Personnel

  • James – Lead Guitar, Vocal, Cover Concept
  • Funty – Drums, Percuss – Bass
  • Tanvir – Keyboards
  • Nagar Baul(1996)

    All music composed by James.

    Personnel

  • James – Lead Guitar, Vocal, Cover Concept
  • Funty – Drums, Percussions
  • Babu – Bass
  • Asad – Keyboards
  • Lais Fita Lais (1998)

    All music composed by James.

    Personnel

  • James – Lead Guitar, Vocal, Cover Concept
  • Funty – Drums, Percussions
  • Babu – Bass
  • Asad – Keyboards
  • Dustu Chheler Dol (2001)

    All music composed by James.

    Personnel

  • James – Lead Guitar, Vocal
  • Asad – Keyboards
  • Tajul – Bass
  • Romel – Drums, Percussions
  • References

    James (musician) Wikipedia


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