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Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic

If Joni Mitchell were East African and met Nina Simone for tea in San Francisco’s Mission District, she might end up sounding like Meklit Hadero. Meklit is a true modern global artist: born in Ethiopia, raised in US and nurtured for the last several years in San Francisco’s richly diverse arts scene. Add in a warm and luminous singing voice and lyrical songwriting that moves from the starkly personal to the poetically metaphoric, and you have her entrancing debut full-length recording, “On a Day Like This…”, released on the San Francisco-based Porto Franco Records on April 20, 2010.

While Meklit’s music is like a sponge soaking up influences from all over the world, in some ways she’s the perfect embodiment of the City by the Bay ” cosmopolitan, striking and worldly, with an outlook that seems to change every few blocks or so. In fact, it’s tempting to tag Meklit and “On a Day Like This…” ” with its jazzy but expansive vibe, moods that veer from the hushed to the impassioned, and a female voice so lushly spellbinding it draws you into its world ” as San Francisco’s answer to Norah Jones....
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”The perfect triangle of influences comes together beautifully on this unforgettable debut...Hadero now emerges as a new and valued voice in a world of musical possibilities...It's a fine test of this vocalist's ability to express her emotions full-tilt, and she passes with honors.” - Colorado Springs Independent

“...an honest songwriter creating music that is playful and dexterous, head bobbing and heart tugging.” - Mindful Metropolis

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