From his home studio in New York, Zeshan B. joins the Asia Society Texas Center and Miller Outdoor Theatre for an intimate digital performance of his Indo-Pakistani soul music. Tapping into the power of song as a tool of communication, Zeshan has created his own sound, mixing the musical traditions he grew up listening to and backed by a strong message of change.
Through an intimate conversation with Kam Franklin, lead singer of The Suffers, Zeshan will perform and share insights into the songs from his latest album Melismatic.
Virtuoso vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi, or Zeshan B. is widely recognized as one of the most unique singers to come out of Chicago. Blending the hard-driving rhythms and horn-heavy sounds of the 60’s and 70’s soul, with the angsty scats and vocal styling of early IndoPakistani film and folk music, he has created an entirely new genre that is his very own.
His breakout album Vetted was released in 2017 to commercial and critical acclaim – receiving rave reviews from Rolling Stone, NPR, ABC, NBC, PBS, Salon Magazine and more. Zeshan’s hit single Cryin In The Streets – his reinterpretation of George Perkins’ 1970 classic civil rights anthem – has garnered praise for its musical finesse as well as its relevance in America’s current socio-political climate.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Zeshan appeared with his wife Dr. Alexandra Roybal on MSNBC Morning Joe to shed light on COVID’s impact on minorities and musicians. This was followed by the May 2020 release of his newest album, Melismatic.
All performances and livestreams at Miller Outdoor Theatre are FREE!
Asia Society Texas Center is the Texas headquarters for the world-wide Asia Society organization that executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.
Produced by Asia Society Texas
Zeshan Badewadi at Miller Outdoor Theatre is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
The Miller Outdoor Theatre Dream Streams Virtual Series is sponsored by HEB!