Ethiopian-born San Francisco singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero returns to SFJAZZ following her triumphant double bill with R&B singing star Lizz Wright last spring. Following her directorial stint at San Francisco’s Red Poppy Art House and being named a TED Global Fellow, Hadero became a sensation with the release of her 2010 debut On A Day Like This, an enchanting album featuring her delicately luminous original songs and traditional Amharic melodies. The album received rave reviews and featured coverage on PBS, National Geographic and NPR. The singer has been on a meteoric rise ever since, spreading her distinctive brand of magic on numerous international tours, including a pair of trips to her native Ethiopia, and criss-crossing the U.S. Whether performing with her transfixing world-trance band Nefasha Ayer, grooving with classic R&B belter Quinn DeVeaux on their new album Meklit & Quinn, or breaking down walls with her African hip-hop project CopperWire, Hadero has established herself as a modern queen of soul.
Meklit Hadero vocals, guitar
Darren Johnston trumpet, vocals
Sam Bevan bass
Lorca Hart drums