Joy Bangla Concert’: The Spirit of Voice

The Joy Bangla Concert is the biggest rock music festival in Bangladesh since 2015, to celebrate the spirit of the historic 7th March speech by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.


7th March: The Spirit of Voice

The word ‘Joy Bangla’ has a distinct worth to all Bangladeshis. These worlds portray national pride and heritage including Bengali nationalism, the spirit of freedom, liberation war, independence, glory, and the spirit of achieving Vision 2021 and Vision 2041.

In remembrance of the historic 7th March speech by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, every year Young Bangla organizes the Joy Bangla Concert annually at the Army Stadium since 2015, to revive the spirit of Liberation War among the youth. Leading musical bands rescore and perform songs from the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, along with their tracks, at the concert. Young Bangla has Organized 6 concerts – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020.

Joy Bangla Concert brings all the big names and musical bands in the Bangladeshi rock and metal scene on the same stage and what makes this even more exciting is that entry to the concert is free for 35,000 fans. All one needs is to do a simple registration on the Young Bangla website and collect a free entry pass.


Joy Bangla Concert 2020

The Joy Bangla Concert 2020, held at Army Stadium on March 7, commemorated the spirit and courage related to our countrymen nearly five decades ago by the Father of the Nation, through his historic speech on March 7, 1971.

This year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana graced the event with their presence. Bangabandhu’s grandson Radwan Mujib Siddiq, a trustee of CRI, and granddaughter Saima Wazed Hossain, were also present.

A holographic visual of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana shed light on the incidents from 1971 when their father set out for his historic speech. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recalled that her mother urged Bangabandhu to share the truth with the people, without fear. In the end, through the holographic visual, the Prime Minister recited a poem about her father.

Like previous years, 10 leading musical bands and singers of the country performed songs from Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendro along with their songs.

The event was telecast live on different national television channels, broadcast live on radio and live-streamed online, while all major media outlets, both print and electronic media.


Joy Bangla Concert 2019

Arbovirus, one of the most popular rock bands among the youth of Bangladesh, performed an amazing version of the patriotic song, ‘O Amar Desher Mati’. Cryptic Fate’s ‘Teerhara ei Dheuer Shagor’ brought in new energy to the concert, as did their surprise single.

One of the key factors behind the success of the event was the showstoppers – the massively popular rock band Artcell stood on stage after nine years with their original line-up.

Presentations on CRI-Young Bangla and its work were also shown during breaks with the centrepiece being an animation video on the series of events that followed the historic 7th March speech (colour version).


Joy Bangla Concert 2018

The Joy Bangla Concert 2018 was created as an opportunity to let the youth of today know what the world thought about that great speech. Apart from the other regular features including Powersurge, Cryptic Fate, Nemesis, Arbovirus, Lalon, Shunno and Chirkutt, the Joy Bangla Concert 2018 brought back massively popular progressive rock band Artcell as the showstopper. There were screenings of a special message from Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, who explained why Bangabandhu’s 7th-March speech was inducted into the Memory of the World Register, and what it meant to the world and the nation. The Joy Bangla Concert 2018 was different also because this was the first time that Young Bangla took the musical event outside Dhaka.


Joy Bangla Concert 2017

With an unprecedented capacity crowd of nearly 40,000 music lovers, the Joy Bangla concert this year was way bigger than its two predecessors. Cryptic Fate, a leading heavy metal band in Bangladesh, performed the legendary song “Teer Hara Ei Dheu Er Shagor” for the third consecutive year at the Joy Bangla Concert. “The new generation must understand the role these songs played in keeping up the spirit of freedom fighters”, said Sujeyo Shyam, composer of all the songs performed at the concert.


Joy Bangla Concert 2016

On 7 March 2016, Young Bangla organized second sessions of the Joy Bangla Concert to pay tribute to the historic 7 March 1971 speech by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The concert aimed to inspire the youth with the messages and spirit of the 7 March speech. The day started with an orchestral rendition of the national anthem “Amar Shonar Bangla” by a musical team from ‘Chayanot’, a leading performing arts school in the country.


Joy Bangla Concert 2015

On 7th March 2015, Young Bangla launched the first Joy Bangla Concert for youth to reinvigorate the inspiration for the historic speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and to showcase national pride and heritage. Throughout the concert, the young minds were encouraged by the vigorous speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The concert was started with the grand orchestra by renowned musician and freedom fighter Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul. In the wake of this joyful occasion, a grand line up was featured with eight prominent rock bands of the country including Warfaze, Artcell, Arnob and Friends, Cryptic Fate, Shironamhin, Nemesis, Arbovirus, and Shunno. These bands also performed songs from Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendro along with their songs.