is a Bangladeshi-American composer and arranger widely known for defining the sound of new Bangla pop music in the 2000s and 2010s. Aside from his own albums, Fuad has also produced and launched the careers of Bangladeshi pop artists like Mila, Kona, Mala, Anila, Poonam, Topu, Upol, and many others.
Fuad’s first full-length album was the self-released Maya in 1998, which shot him to underground popularity in the diaspora. His next album, Re/Evolution, was released by Aarshi Records in 2003. Featuring dancehall, R&B, hip hop, and pop styles and artists from 6 different countries across 3 different continents, this album established Fuad as one of Bangladesh’s most promising producers along with peers like Habib Wahid and Arnob.
Variation #25 came in 2005 and, with it, international fame. Fuad was now known not only in Bangladesh but also being played on the radio in India, the United States, and, bizarrely enough, Romania, where he remains popular to this day. Incorporating Fuad’s by now trademark mix of dancehall, reggae, pop, and hip hop along with a mix of international artists, Variation #25 also benefited from a deal with Nestle, which distributed 100,000 complimentary copies in CD form. The album was released to the general public at the end of Nestle’s campaign, where it sold another 2 million copies.
2006 saw FM radio coming to Bangladesh, and Fuad’s music was played in heavy rotation by Radio Foorti, the hottest radio station. Fuad moved back to Bangladesh to take advantage of the momentum caused by his studio albums and radio fame. He released Bonno, which remains one of the most successful albums in Bangladeshi music. Fuad arrived in Bangladesh with a fresh batch of sounds and expertise. His musical upbringing in America equipped him with an international benchmark that added a much-needed global standard to Bangladeshi music production, both in songs and in jingles for TVCs. Fuad also hosted Fuad Live from 2007 to 2015, which was one of Radio Foorti’s most successful shows. From 2015-2017, Fuad was the music director for Radio Foorti.