Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, songwriter and composer known for her electric stage presence, innovative sound and vibrant cultural activism. Tonight she debuts a body of traditional Ethiopian songs from across her home country, arranged with the shimmering pentatonic ethos of Ethio-Jazz. This project is supported by the Creative Work Fund and Women’s Audio Mission.
Meklit’s performances have taken her across the globe, and to the top of world music charts across the US and Europe. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a TED Senior Fellow, and the winner of the globalFEST Artist Award. Meklit is also the co-founder, host and co-producer of Movement, a new podcast and live show telling stories of music and migration, broadcasting monthly on PRX’s The World to 2.5 million listeners. Meklit has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, Andrew Bird, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and musical legend Pee Wee Ellis. Her music has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, CNN, NPR, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and many more.
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Revival Bar + Kitchen | 2102 Shattuck Avenue, (510) 549–9950
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