Meklit - Photo by Petri Anttila

Photo by Petri Anttila

Meklit - Photo by Petri Anttila

Photo by Petri Anttila

Photo by by Saul Metnick
Meklit - Photo by Ryan Lash

Photo by Ryan Lash

Meklit - Photo by Tessa Shimizu

Photo by Tessa Shimizu


Tuesday, February 28, 2023
7:30 PM
Opperman Music Hall

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Genres: jazz, vocal, world music

Opening Nights In Class
“At the shining crossroads of two cultures, making truly moving music.”— POPMATTERS

Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian-American vocalist, songwriter, composer and cultural activist. She makes music that sways between cultures and continents, including a body of deeply personal Ethio-Jazz songs. Her touring band includes the intimate strums of an Ethiopian krar, the wails of a Jazz saxophone, the multi-tones of a drum kit mixed with the snappy rhythms of a Turkish tupan, the fluttering of pentatonic keyboard melodies, and the backbone of a grooving bassline that just makes you want to dance. Her lyrics in English and Amharic connect to our shared humanity, reminding us that “everything that we are was made in a supernova.” Meklit’s performances have taken her around the world, from Addis Ababa—where she is a full-blown star—to San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Nairobi, Cairo, Montreal, London, and beyond.

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