ZESHAN B VETTED minty fresh records
For fans of Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, and Leon Bridges
Born and raised in Chicago Zeshan Bangewadi grew up listening to a varitey of musical styles. Raised by Muslim parents he started out listening to traditional Indo-Pakastani music, but thanks to his father’s record collection he became a fan of American Soul music! Now Zeshan has blended these styles he grew up with together to create his excellent debut album, VETTED
Recorded in Memphis by former Stax session man Lester Snell, the music on VETTED is Southern Soul meets Southern Asia. Traditional Indian instruments are mixed right along booming horns and funky guitar, creating a sweet soulful sound that perfectly showcases Zeshan’s amazing voice. Along with a few originals Zeshan includes some pretty impressive cover versions of classic Soul tunes on VETTED. A prime example of this is Zeshan’s excellent version of William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water (Until Your Well Runs Dry)”. A former gospel singer, Zeshan’s voice is strong enough to make this version rank up there with Bell’s original. Another good example is Zeshan’s version of Jimmy Cliff’s “Hard Road To Travel”. Here Zeshan ventures away from the original Reggae version and turns the song into a beautiful ballad.
Another wonderful trait of this album is the record’s overall tone of hope, strength, and love. Zeshan’s beautiful rendition of George Perkins “Cryin’ in the Streets” is by far the album’s strongest track and might even be as good as the original. Written in 1970 in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the song’s meaning still rings true today as many still face oppression all over the world. Another fine moment on VETTED is Zeshan’s version of Bobby Bland’s “Ain’t No Love In The Heart of The City” (a track that also features Bruno Mars Trombonist Kameron Whalum). Along with “Cryin in the Streets” this song was an anthem during the Civil Rights movement in the 60’s and 70’s. Hopefully Zeshan’s voice will provide listeners with the same comfort as the original versions provided listeners during the 60’s and 70’s movement.
VETTED is an excellent debut from one of Chicago’s rising music stars. Here’s hoping we hear more from Zeshan very soon.