Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to New York, London, DC, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Arusha, Rome, Zurich, Rio Di Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more. She is a TED Senior Fellow, a cultural instigator, and in-demand performer and speaker. Her TED Talk has been watched by more than 1.2 million people.
Meklit's new album - When The People Move, The Music Moves Too - came out in June of 2017 on Six Degrees records. It reached #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts, #1 on the North American Community + College Radio World Music charts, #1 on the Earshot Canadian College World Charts, and #12 on the World Music Charts Europe. It was named one of the 100 Best Albums of 2017 by the Sunday Times UK, One of the Best Soul Albums of 2017 by Bandcamp and amongst the 10 Best Bay Area albums of 2017 by KQED. Produced by multi-GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter/producer Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend), the album was inspired by Mulatu Astatke - the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz. Back in 2011, he told Meklit, "find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!" His words sparked these 11 celebratory songs, born of of a hyphenated Ethio-American identity, as Oakland as they are Addis. The record features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird.