The Horizon Sessions, a charitable initiative by students, held its second week’s special concert ‘The Horizon Sessions: The Nationals’ on Saturday night to collect donations to support the people in need, who have been suffering due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and cyclone Amphan.
Streamed live on ‘The Horizon Sessions’ Facebook page, the concert was supported by Friendship NGO and hosted by Dameer Khan, one of the organizers of the event.
The concert session is a three-week long musical tribute by the students of Sunbeams School to its founding principal Niloufer Manzur, who passed away on May 26 due to COVID-19.
Joining from Sylhet, the first performer of night-two and popular Bangladeshi rock band ‘Nemesis’ frontman Zohad Reza Choudhury performed Nemesis’s one of the highest acclaimed tracks 'Obocheton', followed by a Bob Marley song cover.
Academician and guitarist of eminent Bangladeshi band 'Renaissance', former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and currently the Dean of its School of Business Imran Rahman covered some of the iconic English classics including ‘Listen to the Rain’, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, ‘Imagine’, ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ and ‘Yesterday’.
Singer Tashfee, known for her mesmerizing song covers among young fanbase, performed her original song ‘Jodi Tumi’, ‘Prodeep’ and an English song.
The showstopper of night two, acclaimed Bangladeshi singer-composer Arnob performed some of his celebrated tracks including ‘Ei Shohor Amar’, ‘Tomar Jonno’, ‘Majhe Majhe Keno Dekha Pai’ and an unreleased track.
The organizers told UNB that almost 60% of their targeted donations (10-12 lac Tk) were collected during the performances of these two nights. Donors from home and abroad donated in this noble initiative and the performing artistes have also urged the audiences to donate for the initiative and personally contributed to this noble venture.
The online music festival, kicked off on June 26, featured popular Bangladeshi music artist Habib, Naquib Khan, Pilu Khan, Dameer Khan and Chotu Khan on Friday and Zahra Zillur, Saif Anam, Sharaf Momen, Azaan Khan, Wasti Farzana Khan, Ashreen Mridha, Ace, Ayman Raakin, Shayan Husain, and Shafaat Mridha during its first week.
The donations collected from the series of virtual concerts will be used for setting up COVID-19 testing booths in rural areas and rebuilding homes, reservoirs, and embankments destroyed by cyclone Amphan in the southern parts of Bangladesh.