Meklit's new album - When The People Move, The Music Moves Too - comes June, 23 2017 on Six Degrees records, and is produced by multi-GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter/producer Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend). Mulatu Astatke - the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz, inspired this album with a directive to Meklit back in 2011. He told her, "find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!" His words sparked these 11 celebratory songs, born of of a hyphenated Ethio-American identity, as Oakland as they are Addis. The record features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird.
EARLY PRAISE FOR THE RECORD:
"...A 21st-century iteration of Ethio-jazz by way of the Bay Area, a soul-steeped sound built on percussion, horns and Meklit’s unmistakably translucent, fresh-water vocals." - SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
"This album is like the explosion of wildflowers that has overrun California with color and texture." - 48 HILLS