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Exclusive Interview: Zeshan B On "Melismatic," Brown Power, and Social Transformation

Zeshan B gets real about mental illness and the millennial condition in an exclusive interview for his new album.

Last week, we premiered Zeshan B's single "Only in My Dreams." Today, the musician and activist dropped Melismatic, his stunning sophomore LP.

The term "melismatic" refers to an ancient style of singing in which a single syllable of text is sung across many notes. It's commonly seen in traditional music of East Asia and the Middle East, as well as in Gregorian chants and gospel. It makes sense that Zeshan—who uses his one voice to seamlessly transverse multiple genres and emotions and to speak out against many interlocking forms of oppression—would use it as the title of his album.

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Is Carole Baskin Inheriting a Haunted "Indian" Burial Ground with Tiger King Zoo?

Current owner Jeff Lowe claims there are bodies, including "a young American Indian boy," buried on the property

It was recently reported that Carole Baskin had been awarded the property of the Tiger King Zoo—formerly the G.W. Zoo—in Wynnewood, Oklahoma after a judgment found in her favor.

As fans of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King will know, her long-standing legal feud with Joe Exotic (AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage, né Shreibvogel) over his violation of the Big Cat Rescue trademark resulted in a million dollar settlement in her favor. But for the most part Exotic managed to dodge paying Baskin through a series of illegal property transfers that temporarily protected his animal park from seizure.

Now that Exotic is in prison for attempting to have Baskin murdered—along with illegal animal trafficking and several violations of the Endangered Species Act—a judge has finally ruled that the park is hers, and she will be taking over ownership of the 16-acre property later this year. But Jeff Lowe—the park's current owner and the personification of a mid-life crisis—insists that there are no hard feelings, saying, "She deserves this property."

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Zeshan B Releases Stunning Protest Anthem "Only in My Dreams"

"Only In My Dreams" follows Zeshan B's powerful songs "Brown Power" and "Nausheen," and it's the final single from his forthcoming album, "Melismatic," out May 15.

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Zeshan B. creates impassioned and transcendent music that explores internal and external unrest and hope.

A first-generation American and the child of Muslim Indian immigrants, Zeshan sings in English, Urdu, and Punjabi, dancing between cultural influences as his music dances between anguish and inspiration. Originally an opera student who cut his teeth singing at mosques and gospel choirs, Zeshan returned to the Indo-Pakistani music he studied in his youth as he moved towards blues and soul in his professional career. His music is now a tapestry of genres and moods, held together by an energy that feels reverent.

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