Thursday August 3rd 2017
Ethiopian-born singer-songwriter Meklit Hedero has been combining American music with her Ethiopian roots for over ten years. Born in Addis Ababa, she emigrated with her parents and was raised in America. After graduating from Yale in 2005 with a degree in Political Science, she chose to instead focus on her music career. Meklit's self-released her first EP, a collection of eight songs suitably titled Eight Songs in 2008. Meklit's debut LP On a Day Like This… followed in 2010.
Along with her albums Meklit collaborated with hip-hop trio Copperwire on a hip-hop space opera Earthbound. She also worked with blues and soul singer Quinn DeVeaux on an album Meklit and Quinn. In 2009, Meklit was named a TED Global Fellow for her work with the Nile Project, a group she founded with Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis to explore the music and sounds from countries located along the Nile River. Meklit's most recent album When People Move, The Music Moves Too was released last month and includes collaborations with the Preservation Hall Horns and Andrew Bird.