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Meklit
Ethio-Jazz Singer

Meklit

Apr 06
Miner Auditorium

An Ethio-American singer, guitarist, Bay Area resident, and TED Senior Fellow, Meklit writes music steeped in traditional Ethiopian rhythms blended with her singer-songwriter’s poetic core, with floating melodies and dancing grooves that draw on sources as varied as East African music, Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell. For this return, Meklit performs from her most recent album, When The People Move, the Music Moves Too – a series of songs inspired by Ethio-Jazz giant Mulatu Astatke, who trusted in Meklit to innovate new paths within the tradition he began.

Meklit became a sensation with the release of her 2010 debut On A Day Like This, an enchanting collection featuring her delicately luminous original songs and traditional Amharic melodies. The album received rave reviews and featured coverage on PBS, National Geographic, and NPR, and the singer has been on a meteoric rise ever since, spreading her distinctive brand of magic on numerous international tours, including numerous trips to her native Ethiopia, and criss-crossing the U.S. For this return, Meklit performs from her new Six Degrees album, When The People Move, the Music Moves Too – a series of songs inspired by Ethio-Jazz giant Mulatu Astatke, who trusted in Meklit to innovate new paths within the tradition he began. Produced by multiple GRAMMY winner Dan Wilson, the album features guests Andrew Bird and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

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The singer has been on a meteoric rise ever since, spreading her distinctive brand of magic on numerous international tours.

[Her] sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.

NPR

[Her] sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.

NPR

Personnel

Meklit guitar, vocals, krar (Ethiopian harp)
Howard Wiley saxophone
Michael Shiono upright + electric bass
Colin Douglas drums
Marco Peris Coppola percussion
Will Magid  trumpet

 

Meklit delivers a sound all her own.

USA Today

Personnel

Meklit guitar, vocals, krar (Ethiopian harp)
Howard Wiley saxophone
Michael Shiono upright + electric bass
Colin Douglas drums
Marco Peris Coppola percussion
Will Magid  trumpet

 

Meklit delivers a sound all her own.

USA Today

Watch & Listen

Meklit (featuring Andrew Bird)

I Want To Sing For Them All

Meklit

Supernova

Meklit (featuring Andrew Bird)

I Want To Sing For Them All

Meklit

Supernova