Ethiopian-born San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero’s unique voice has been compared to that of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Norah Jones and Tracy Chapman — but she leaves her own indelible mark wherever she performs.
Hadero became a sensation with the release of her 2010 debut On A Day Like This, an enchanting album featuring her delicately luminous original songs and traditional Amharic melodies. The album received rave reviews and she has been touring the world non-stop ever since, including trips to her native Ethiopia in the past 2 years. She has traveled home once with the artist collective she founded and the second time to launch the UN Women’s gender-equality campaign in Africa.
In addition, Hadero collaborated with Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis to start the Nile Project, which addresses the Nile basin’s cultural and environmental challenges using an innovative approach that combines music, education and an enterprise platform. This past January, the project started their first ever artist residency in Aswan, Egypt, uniting musicians from 9 Nile Basin countries in a search for common roots.
Prior to releasing debut, On a Day Like This, Hadero directed San Francisco’s Red Poppy Art House and was named a TED global fellow and senior fellow. She has been quoted by SFJAZZ that “Hadero has established herself as a modern queen of soul — and a multi-cultural mover and shaker.”