African Diaspora Series: The diversity of Malian music and the intersections between Africa, the Caribbean, and jazz.
"(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
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. 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 Estatke, 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.