Meklit is a San Francisco based, singer, composer, and cultural instigator. Her unique sound brings together pentatonic horns, high energy East African rhythms and a singer-songwriter's storytelling and strum.
Meklit's new album - When the People Move, the Music Moves Too - was released on Six Degrees Records, receiving rave reviews and quickly reaching #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts.
These 11 songs were deeply inspired by Mulatu Astatke (the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz). He told Meklit, "find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!"
Produced by multi-GRAMMY winning artist/songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend, Dixie Chicks), the album also features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird.
Meklit is also a TED Senior Fellow - her fame in Ethiopia skyrocketed in 2015 when her TED talk "The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds" went viral (it has been watched by more than 1.2 million people) in the country and her music videos began playing daily on multiple Ethiopian television stations. She goes back to Addis Ababa regularly to perform.
She has received musical commissions from Lincoln Center and the MAP Fund, and is the co-founder of the Nile Project. Meklit has collaborated with NASA Astrophysicist Jon Jenkins, musical legend Pee Wee Ellis, and was a featured singer in the UN Women theme song, appearing alongside Angelique Kidjo and Anoushka Shankar.