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Meklit – Ethio-Jazz Singer

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Date(s) - 04/06/2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center


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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.

“[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


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