Obed Zeme has been a prominent fixture on the North India and North East India music scene for well over two decades and has amassed a sizeable body of work along the way. He is an ace guitarist, songwriter, producer and a teacher. He primarily masters in guitar but is highly prolific in piano, harp, flute, bass and vocal, sound engineering. He began his musical career from early teenage years recording albums, performing in concerts, radio, and television in the North East India. He later made Delhi his base where he started working with established names in the music scene in India since 2000.
He is the founding member of many bands: Christian Metal Band Messiahnic Troopers(2003- 2008), a classic rock band Basement Blues (2000 -2002), a collaboration with American blues/folk artistes Continental Drift(2006-2009), a reggae funk band Babylon Extension(2009 -2011), an international funk jazz band Unfinished Biz (2009- ). His versatility and proficiency in numerous genre of music are seen in his significant involvement in these bands, besides featuring with well-known bands and celebrity artists.
He has been featured in top profile national level music festivals such as Re-Rock India, Escape Festivals, etc. He has composed music for many albums, promotional campaigns and also has done scores for TV serials, movies and documentary films for National Geographic channel. He has also done extensive commercial work for corporate houses like Samsung, Hyundai, Godrej, Vatika among others. His music has been covered in leading magazines such as The Outlook, The Chronicles, RockStreetJournaland The Sun. There have been articles written on him in various national newspapers like The Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Telegraph, Indian Expresss, etc. He is not a new name in music blogs and websites. Prominant television channels such as NDTV, Sahara, CNNIBN, and DD2 have telecasted interviews with him. All India Radio had also broadcasted his interviews and music in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been consistently recognised by major educational institutions in the country as the expert in Western Music.
Currently, he is working on various projects under his own banner ObedZeme, which is a charitable humanitarian body that endeavours to touch lives through education, social awareness initiative and building support group. The philosophy behind ObedZeme’s that Music is more than mere entertainment. Young lovers of music can deeply engage with their social realities and contribute greatly in making a better society. It also attempts to give dignity and respect to musicians who are often stereotyped and associated with drugs and negative elements. It focuses on grooming young talents and promoting them to become independent and responsible professionals.
ObedZeme was a co-founder of music school Art Tree Academy of Music and Performing Arts. He had taught in numerous schools in Delhi such as the renowned Parikrama School of Music, Aria Music School until he founded his own institute, One Majority Academy of Music in 2011. He has trained thousands of students since 1999, many of who are now professional musicians.
He is also a certified Guitar Instructors’Trainer for Yamaha Music Private Limited in India. He regularly conducts guitar workshops across the country for the company as well as independently.
Zeme’s experimental guitar instrumental album called ‘Canaan Caravan’, has been released at blueFrog Delhi India on the 25th of July 2014 in association with songdew sponsored by Tata Nano twist and powered by FM Radio city freedom. His interviews and music were aired all over Europe and Asia by AIR(All India Radio). It encompasses different genres like ballad, rock, latin, country, funk, jazz, and blues. Canaan Caravan is not one season’s collection of the artist, but a consolidation of songs written in the last decade. True to Zeme’s belief the album seeks to connect with the Higher power through music. In it, he conveys his vision for Peace and Harmony amongst all peoples.
The album is available worldwide in all the leading online music stores like iTunes, amazon.com, Spotify, cdbaby and much more.
The Obed Zeme Project
Obed’s course through the turbid waters of music is quite a reflection of his personal journey, and the experiences that he has picked up along the way lend it colour and textures that are unique and personal to the man himself. “I absorb and learn from all genres, which hopefully fuse as one and come together as one, as my personal expression, my personal style.”
It is not so much a profession, as much as Obed’s art is a calling. “I believe that all music that touches us has a deeper and higher connection to the Divine. My personal relationship with the Almighty inspires and motivates me, not only as a musician but also as a human being. I am a follower of the teachings of Christ and my sincere hope is that the message of peace, love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of mankind comes through in my music”.
The Obed Zeme Project is a 6-piece outfit formed in 2012, culling members from diverse walks of life and musical influences – everything from rock, country, blues, gospel, soul and funk to guitar instrumental. The outfit tips a collective hat to greats like U2, Third Day, Switchfoot and much more and mostly their originals. Songs talk about life experiences and journeys and touch upon topics such as peace, love, faithfulness, transformation, jubilation, divine connections, relationships and curiosity.
Obed Zeme – guitars/vocals Vipin Sharma – bass/vocals Jeff Kayina – electric guitar Ambar Tewari – acoustic guitar/vocals Ashley Vaz – keyboards/vocals Hemendra Nath - drums
Associated musicians with the project:
Worshon Muivah - vocals [2012 - present] Nishant Rastogi – Drums [2012-16] James Simte - Electric Guitar [2012-15] Agui Panme - Vocals [2012-2014] Ali Imchen - Electric Guitars [2012-14] Immanuel Sanate - Bass Guitar & Vocals [2013-15]