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Album Review

Meklit Hadero's dusky voice has been favorably compared to that of the legendary Nina Simone, with devilish and gritty bits of Tracy Chapman or Joan Armatrading tossed in. The Ethiopian-born, Brooklyn-bred resident of Northern California presents this debut album, featuring a variety of styles from vintage jazz to contemporary singer/songwriter, acoustic folk, bossa nova, calypso, and some Afro-beat or ethnic fusion. Her spare two-chord guitar playing lends to the airy nonchalant feeling, but at times she uses more powerful outspoken word play (in English) that continually draws your interest to her. With such diversity, Hadero is hard to pigeonhole, for she sings so well, as on the swinging "Float & Fall" alongside trumpeter Darren Johnston, or the ethnic version of the show tune "Feeling Good," accented by the ney flute. A funky waltz take of the traditional "Abbay Mado," or the personalized "You & the Rain" identify this artist as a romantic within her own terms. While not stunning, this debut effort offers so much in terms of potential, as we wonder which path she'll choose on a follow-up. For now, this is a finely crafted effort that should yield repeat visits on anyone's CD player. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Solid, solid, solid, and did I mention: Solid?

I heard an interview with Hadero on NPR a few weeks back. The clips of music speckled through the interview floored me. The voice, the musicianship, the lyrics- it all balanced so nicely. This music is gentle, unyielding, and inevitable as the power of time to erode mountains into sand. Thanks for putting this one out there for us, iTunes. Meklit, you're a gift.

So beautiful

This album is just eloquent, soulful and beautiful. Will put a smile on your face.

I love, love, love this album

Well first, Meklit's voice is like no other. She's been compared to Nina Simone, (Nina Simone!!), Joni MItchell and Billie Holiday and all well-deserved. It ain't no hype. Her voice is so original. I first heard "Leaving Soon" when she was being interviewed on NPR, I immediately looked her up. Her record label had a free download! I'm not kidding when I say it shot to the most played song in my itunes list within two weeks--135 times. After I got used to that, I bought the album. While there isn't a weak link in the ten tracks, standouts for me are the aforementioned "Leaving Soon, "Abbay Mado", "Soleil, Soleil," "You and the Rain" and "Call." Buy this no matter what type of music you usually love and usually buy! You will, I promise, love it.


Born: Addis Ababa

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Ethiopian-born singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero is a jazz-, folk-, and soul-influenced artist who sings in English and Amharic. Born in Addis Ababa, Hadero fled with her parents (both doctors) to the United States in hopes of escaping the years of violence that followed Ethiopia's 1974 revolution. Raised in Iowa and Brooklyn, Hadero sang in choirs growing up and was introduced to the music of jazz vocalist Billie Holiday as an adolescent. Although she earned a degree in political science from Yale,...
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