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It’s safe to say that Ethiopian-born and San Francisco–based singer Meklit (pr. Muh-kleet) Hadero is running in fast company. The TED fellow’s second album is produced by Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof), with liner notes by novelist Walter Mosley. Her music recalls Joni Mitchell’s wordy playfulness as her voice jumps from breathy falsetto to warm earthy moans with a singular sense of style. Here, Meklit is ably supported with a strong backbone of jazz with the soloing of trumpeter Darren Johnson, the cavernous acoustic bass of Sam Bevan, and the steady drumming of Lorca Hart. There are a few well-chosen covers: the rock-jazz take on The Police’s “Bring on the Night” and the traditional Ethiopian folk song “Kemekem (I Like Your Afro),” which features a gritty electric piano solo from Samuel Yirga. But the meat of this album comes from Meklit's ancient-to-the-future originals, with standouts like the carnivalesque “Stuck on the Moon,” the funky-folky “Slow,” and the electro-acoustic “In Sleep.” As a singer who had an early reputation as a star on the rise, Meklit has climbed another rung on the ladder.

Customer Reviews

It is alive!

A gorgeous follow up to On a Day Like This... Love "In Love With Love", the Ethio jam "Kemekem", and Far Away. Getting into the other songs more and more.

Wrong Category But Worth Getting

This is a Jazz cd that is put in the Rock category. Meklit has a sultry sound and a very refreshing set of music. Regardless of the category ITunes have put it in, I recommend this to any serious music lover.


Excellent!! Kick back and enjoy her voice, the music, the soul, the hmmmmmm!

We Are Alive, Meklit
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