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Meklit Hadero - "Leaving Soon": SXSW 2011 Showcasing Artist

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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2011

Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian-born singer, musician, and Resident Artist at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco. Drawing inspiration from Jazz instrumentalists, American songwriters, and Ethiopian vocalists, Meklit's music is at home in multiplicity. Lyrically focused, with a honey voice alternately delicate and vast, she quite literally dances the music alive.

Meklit's is both songwriter and composer, equally inhabiting the recording/touring world, as well as the world of the arts and culture. In 2007, she self-released her first EP, titled "eight songs...." Currently she is signed to Porto Franco Records, and her latest studio album, "on a day like this..." was released by the budding San Francisco label in April of 2010.. The record features her most mature songwriting to date, with lush arrangements and an incredible collection of musicians representing the Mission District music scene, in which her sound grew its roots.

Meklit has received commissions to write music from the San Foundation Fund For Artists - for the intercultural musical ensemble Nefasha Ayer, from Brava! For Women in the Arts -for sound design and composition for the world-premier play "Over the Mountain," and from the de Young Museum - to create a new body of music during a month-long residency in June of 2009.

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