Saidus Salehin Khaled Sumon (Bengali born 8 January 1973), popularly known by his nickname Bassbaba Sumon, is a Bangladeshi rock singer-songwriter, composer, bassist, record producer and founder of the Bangladeshi rock band Aurthohin. He has been the only constant member of the band since 1998 and has appeared in all the albums of the band.
Sumon was born and raised in Dhaka. He started learning bass at the age of 15. He first auditioned for rock band Feelings in 1990 at the age of 16 and joined the band that year. He had played in 11 bands by the age of 19. In 1997, he joined Warfaze and later appeared in the band’s 1998 hit album “অসামাজিক (Antisocial)“. In 1999, he released his first solo album “সুমন ও অর্থহীন (Sumon and Aurthohin)” and in the same year, he formed the band Aurthohin.
He is mostly known for his slapping and tapping style in bass playing and is considered to be the most influential and the greatest bassist in the country. His style of playing bass and success in music has earned him the title “Bassbaba” (Father of Bass).
Sumon was born in 1973 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to Nazmul Ahsan Khaled and Shamsun Nahar Khaled. He has two brothers named Shamsul Arefin Khaled and Saiful Arefin Khaled along with a sister named Shahina S. Khaled who lives in Oregon, USA. He attended Government Laboratory High School. After that, he completed his graduation from Dhaka City College. He started playing Hawaiian guitar at the age of 7. In an interview, Sumon stated that he was unable to buy a Spanish guitar, so he took his Hawaiian guitar to a shop and converted it to a Spanish guitar. He picked up his first Spanish guitar and formed his first band when he was 12. One day he was seeing an Iron Maiden show on TV. He was heavily inspired by Steve Harris. Since then he started playing bass guitar. He was 15. He joined one of the most popular bands of Bangladesh ‘Feelings’ as a bassist when he was 17 where he played with the greatest rockstar of Bangladesh, Faruq Mahfuz Anam, commonly known as James. He did the first-ever unaccompanied bass solo in Bangladesh when he was 17.
He played with 11 bands by the age of 19. He wrote, sang, produced his first solo album when he was 20. He is known for his nice grooves, excellent use of different bass playing techniques, and, mostly, for his quite frequent bass solos in his band Aurthohin’s songs.
Bangladesh is a country where rock music, especially metal and alternative rock, is getting popular and Bassbaba Sumon is credited as one of the few most influencing artists in this sector. He has single-handedly changed the role of bass guitar in Bangladeshi Music. It is said that bass playing has become a hugely attractive thing to the young music lovers of this country only because of the influence of Bassbaba Sumon. He is also a key figure in promoting Rock music in this country.
In 2016 he released his first solo bass album named “Soul Food Part 1”.In the album, Sumon collaborated and featured world-renowned musicians, in the likes of Felix Pastorius, Robert ‘Bubby’ Lewis, Josh Cohen, Bob Franceschini, J.D. Blair and Erfan Nazem Zadeh. Talented Bangladeshi drummer Mark Don is also featured in one of the tracks.
Sumon has cited Steve Harris as his primary influence on switching to bass from guitar. He was also inspired by various funk bassists such as Victor Wooten and Mark King. He mostly plays with slapping and tapping. His slapping technique helped Aurthohin bringing funky sound. His notable solos are – Shaat Din, Guti (The Finale), Surjo 2, Nirbodh etc.
Sumon is also the director of the Khaled Group of Companies. He has two children named Ahnaf Salehin Khaled and Aurora Salehin Khaled and a wife named Nazia Salehin Khaled (1996-present). Both of his children sang with him on his album Boka Manushta’.
- “সুমন ও অর্থহীন (Sumon and Aurthohin)” (1997)
- “স্বপ্নগুলো তোমার মতো (The Dreams are Like You)” (2001)
- “মেঘের দেশে (In the Country of Clouds)” (2005)
- “সুমন ও অর্থহীন-২: বোকা মানুষটা (Sumon and Aurthohin-2: The Foolish Man)” (2007)
- Soul Food: Part One (2016)
- “অসামাজিক (Antisocial)“ (1998)
- “ত্রিমাত্রিক (Three-Dimensional)” (2000)
- “বিবর্তন (Evolution)” (2001)
- “নতুন দিনের মিছিলে (New Day Procession)” (2002)
- “ধ্রুবক (Constant)” (2003)
- “অসমাপ্ত (Unfinished)” (2008)
- “অসমাপ্ত ২ (Unfinished II)” (2011)
- “ক্যান্সারের নিশিকাব্য (Cancer Nishivabya)” (2016)
- Kokhono (Tarader Gunjone) (1999)
- Jodi Kobhu (6 Band, ’99) (1999)
- Anubhobe (Jewel with the Stars)
- Notun Ami (Jewel with the Stars)
- Ektu Ghum (Rock with Radiomania)
- Olotpalot (Bappa with Rockers)
- Valo Lage Na (Bappa with Rockers)
- Aaj Eshechhi (Coming Back to Life) (2011)
- Protichhobi 2012 (Online Release) (2012)
- Maa (Online Release) (2013)
- Chador (Online Release) (2013)
- Amjonota (Online Release) (2013)
- Kothay Tumi (Online Release) (2014)
- Walter White (Online Release)
- Hridoyer Smrititgulo (Online Release) (2014)
- Purano Sei Diner Kotha (Online Release) (2016)
- Oniyomer Golpo (Sumon Featuring Furti) (Online Release) (2018)