Session with Meklit Hadero
Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world and a session by the Ethiopian-born American singer Meklit Hadero. Her music is a rich melting-pot, influenced by jazz, soul and hip-hop as well as the folk traditions of the Americas and East African motherland. Producer James Parkin.
Born in Ethiopia in the early 1980s, Meklit grew up in Iowa, New York, and Florida. After studying political science at Yale, she moved to San Francisco and became immersed in the city's thriving arts scene. Named a TED Global Fellow in 2009, Meklit has served as an artist-in-residence at New York University, the De Young Museum, and the Red Poppy Art House. She has also completed musical commissions for the San Francisco Foundation and for theatrical productions staged by Brava! For Women in the Arts. She is the founder of the Arba Minch Collective, a group of Ethiopian artists in diaspora devoted to nurturing ties to their homeland through collaborating with both traditional and contemporary artists there.