This performance teases the senses weaving American jazz and traditional Ethiopian rhythms. Meklit marries the two cultures to create music that transcends culture and dialect, accessible to anyone who enjoys music that makes you move! Her evolution of the genre was inspired by the guidance of Mulatu Astatke, the godfather of ethio-jazz, who encouraged her to broaden its direction. A true poet at heart, Meklit injects social consciousness and her personal journey into her music, exploring themes as wide as migration, love, hip-hop, and intimacies of everyday life.
No stranger to the Bay Area, Meklit has graced De Young Museum, Red Poppy Arthouse, and Cal Performances. Boasting a wide range of vocal tones, Meklit is internationally acclaimed. Instrumentalists on her records will join her on stage with sounds of bass, drums, trombone, trumpet, and percussion.