Meklit is an Ethiopian-American vocalist, singer-songwriter, and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to NYC, London, DC, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Arusha, Rome, Zurich, Rio De Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, a TED Senior Fellow, a cultural instigator, and an in-demand performer and speaker. Her TED Talk, “The unexpected beauty of everyday sounds,” has been watched by more than 1.2 million people. 

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