Join us as we feature critically acclaimed singer and song-writer Zeshan Bagewadi for his debut album release concert in Chicago on April 10th at Untitled Supper Club! Tickets include a free drink. Offering a uniquely Chicago experience, Untitled Supper Club combines award-winning dining and sophisticated entertainment -in a relaxed and sophisticated setting.
Listen to an incredible live performance, and celebrate Zeshan’s record deal with Chicago label Minty Fresh, which is slated to release ‘Vetted,’ his debut solo album, in April of 2017 at the event. Produced by Lester Snell (Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Mavis Staples), the album is a mixtape of Zeshan’s originals and lesser known 1960s and ‘70s deep soul gems. The album was recorded in Memphis at the famed Ardent Studios (Leon Russell, Big Star, Led Zeppelin) with a wrecking crew of Stax Records’ sidemen.
Born in Chicago to Indian Muslim immigrants, Zeshan Bagewadi’s musical identity was formed at the junction of two different worlds.
His parents’ nostalgic hankering for the sounds of their native land gave him a deep exposure to Indo-Pakistani music — film, folk and classical alike. However, his father, having been one of the few journalists in India to cover the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and 70s, was immensely fond of Black artistic expression. As such, Zeshan grew up with the sounds of his father’s blues, soul, and R&B collection as well.
These two worlds collide on his new album ‘Vetted.’ Zeshan pours his heart out on 10 tracks and in 3 languages — English, Urdu and Punjabi. Tempestuous soul arias, urban love dramas, Memphis blues, and civil rights anthems are performed with an idiomatically Indian feel — blaring tanpura and harmonium exist alongside hard grooves, delicate strings, and riveting horns.
Floating above it all are Zeshan’s powerfully mellifluous vocals as he narrates — through the prism of his parents’ immigrant experience — tales of instability, ambiguity, loss, injustice, unrequited love, urban despair and youthful ecstasy.
Zeshan B’s live show has sold out venues across America, including the famed Apollo, and he has opened for Mos Def, A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, Aasif Mandvi, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. In 2015, Zeshan performed for the Carter Foundation in Detroit with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” after which Former President Jimmy Carter emphatically stated, “I have never heard a more beautiful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” than the one we just heard.” This acclaimed performance led to the ultimate honor for Zeshan–an invitation from President Obama to perform at the White House for the inaugural Eid celebration in 2016.