February 03, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Music that sways between cultures and continents, featuring a body of deeply personal Ethio-Jazz songs.

23/24 Hop Presents

Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian American vocalist, songwriter, composer and cultural activist. Her touring band includes the intimate strums of an Ethiopian krar, the wails of a Jazz saxophone, the multi-tones of a drum kit mixed with the snappy rhythms of a Turkish tupan, the fluttering of pentatonic keyboard melodies, and the backbone of a grooving bassline that just makes you want to dance.

Her lyrics in English and Amharic connect to our shared humanity, reminding us that "everything that we are was made in a supernova."

Meklit's performances have taken her around the world, from Addis Ababa—where she is a full blown star—to San Francisco, NYC, Chicago, Nairobi, Cairo, Montreal, London, Zurich, Rome, Helsinki and many more. Meklit's latest album When the People Move, the Music Moves Too was named amongst the best records of the year by Bandcamp and The Sunday Times UK, climbing to the top of the iTunes, NACC and European World Charts.

Programmed in conjunction with Dartmouth's Black Legacy Month

Funded in part by the Class of 1961 Legacy: The American Tradition in Performance Fund, the Bob Gatzert 1951 Jazz Series Fund for the Hopkins Center, the David H. Hilton 1951 Fund No. 2, a gift from Amy and Henry Nachman. Photo: Petri Anttila

Meklit Hadero is an award-winning Ethiopian American vocalist/composer and former refugee. Her music has been featured by the New York Times, BBC, NPR and more. Meklit is a NatGeoExplorer, TED Sr. Fellow and former Artist-in-Residence at Harvard. She has been commissioned to create music by Lincoln Center, and collaborated with Kronos Quartet, AndrewBird and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. She is host of Movement, a new radio series, podcast and live show exploring the intersection of migration and music, which airs as a nationally syndicated feature on PRX's The World to 2.5 million monthly listeners.

“[Meklit’s] sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.”


“At the shining crossroads of two cultures, making truly moving music.”

Richard Move
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