A Nickel Bag of Funk
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 8:00pm
Born in Ethiopia, based in San Francisco for the past nine years , singer/composer/cultural activist Meklit became a sensation with the release of her debut "On a Day Like This " in April, 2010. NPR called her sound, "a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen." PBS said "You'll hear hints of Billie Holliday, Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell in her music but Meklit is her own unique creation." The San Francisco Chronicle called Meklit "...an artistic giant in the early stages. She is stunning."
For the past three and a half years, her frequent live shows have run the gamut, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, SXSW, Bumbershoot, SFJAZZ Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Skirball Center, Southbank Centre in London as well as university residencies (NYU, UC San Diego) - and of course, an extraordinary artist residency at the Ringling International Arts Festival in 2011. As a Senior TED Fellow, she has also performed at the TED Conference in Long Beach, TED Global in Edinburgh, and she performed at TED Women in December 2013 in San Francisco.
She continues to break down genres, whether covering indie pop-rock hits and making them her own, adapting traditional or popular Ethiopian songs, or collaborating on a hip-hop space opera or in her own exquisite and original solo work. In any case, as SFJAZZ says "Meklit has truly established herself as a modern queen of soul ". She has just finished recording her next album, with producer Eli Crews (tUnEyArDs, Geographer, Deerhoof), to be released in March 2014 on Six Degrees Records. She is booked by Todd Walker at the Windish Agency.
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