Meklit Hadero is known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on ethio-jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows. As Meklit, she has released four studio albums, tours regularly, and is currently signed to Six Degrees Records. She is a TED Senior Fellow and her TED Talk, “The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds,” has been watched by more than 1.2 million people. She first collaborated with YBCA in 2008 when she served as a Bay Area Now 5 co-curator of performances in the Room for Big Ideas. In 2016 YBCA debuted her body of ethio-jazz music, This Was Made Here/When The People Move, the Music Moves Too for a three-night run to great acclaim. The following year she served as the musical director for UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, co-presented by YBCA as part of the Clas/Sick Hip-Hop Festival. Hadero served on YBCA’s Board of Directors from 2015 to 2019 and recently wrapped up a three-month artist residency in spring 2019 with the organization.