Press Quotes

"Get into Meklit." - VIBE MAGAZINE

"Brilliant." - NEW YORK MAGAZINE 

"A wildly groovy style of music." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“You may not have heard Meklit’s music before, but once you do, it’ll be tough to forget. - NPR

"She is stunning." - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Meklit is one of those rare artists with the power to bridge genres, geography and generations.” -GOOGLE MUSIC


when the people move

WHen the People Move, the Music Moves too

Meklit's new album 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.



"...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


Ethio-Jazz Soul Singer Meklit Airs Out Her Brilliant Forthcoming Album at Lincoln Center:

Last night at Lincoln Center, Meklit came to conquer. Rocking a sassy kente cloth skirt and black top, the ex-Brooklynite Ethio-jazz belter bounded and whirled across the stage, singing in both English and Amharic, leading a tight six-piece band through a passionate, fiery, subtly relevant mix of mostly new songs from her forthcoming album When the People Move, the Music Moves Too. Freed from behind her acoustic guitar – at least for most of the set – she’s found new vocal power in her low register, and commands the stage like never before.

Kemekem (I Like Your Afro), Featuring Samuel Yirga, named top African track of 2015 by both the BBC and OkayAfrica!

Photo by Tessa Shimizu

Photo by Tessa Shimizu

Photo by Tessa Shimizu

Photo by Tessa Shimizu


Meklit has played at Bumbershoot, SXSW, Skirball Center (NYC + LA), Southbank Centre (London 2013 + 2015), Moods (Zurich), The Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the TED Conferences (Edinburgh, Rio di Janeiro, Long Beach), Monterey Jazz Festival, Nuits D’Afrique (Montreal), SFJazz Center, Triple Door, Vancouver Jazz Fest, The Monk (Rome), Davies Symphony Hall for Pop Up Presents the Beck Song-Reader (with Beck, Melody of China, John C. Riley), Nairobi's Blanket's and Wine Music Festival, Gondar Castles - World Heritage Site Ethiopia, Uganda National Theater, Aswan Cultural Palace, and many many more. 

Live at the Lafayette Theater

Live at the Lafayette Theater

Meklit and her projects have also been covered by:  The Wall St. Journal, The New Yorker, New York Times, WNYC, KEXP Seattle, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, PBS, PRI’s The World, Time Out New York, BBC Radio 4 - Front Row, BBC Women's Hour, BBC World Service - Focus on Africa + Arts Daily, Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, National Geographic World Music, Huffington Post, Filter Magazine, Le Presse (Montreal), MTV Iggy, OkayAfrica, The Village Voice, Google Music, Relix Magazine, Pidgeons and Planes, WIRED Magazine UK and many more.