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Meklit Hadero

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Amy Lewis, who has enlisted five other Bay Area choreographers to each choreograph to one of J.S. Bach’s ‘Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello’, performed this weekend at the Community Music Center on Capp Street in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Janet Koike and Ed Holmes about ‘Island City Waterways’, celebrating the past and present of Alameda, California, through music, dance, theater, storytelling and the visual arts, on May 21 and 22. Music Director Dr. Anne Hege and Bay Area composer Ann Callaway stop by to discuss the Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble presentation of ‘Songs of the Bygone: Traces of a Vanishing World,’, which features the premiere of Callaway’s “On Music and Nature: Three Hopkins Settings,” based on poems by 19th century English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. And Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero joins us in the studio to perform live and share details about the world premiere of her latest work ‘This Was Made Here: A Diasporic Odyssey’, which runs in the YBCA Forum May 19 - 21.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 12 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Meklit Hadero is a co-founder of the musical collaboration, the Nile Project. But Hadero says the music is only the beginning. She joined KALW's Hana Baba in studio to talk about how the project has grown since it first began.

MEKLIT HADERO: The music became a platform for being able to look at how we might actually relate to each other. The music can be a model for the kinds of relationships we want to see in the Nile Basin. If we can build this relationship…what could our Nile Basin look like beyond water resource management?

The Nile Project: an East African musical journey

Feb 18, 2015
Julie Caine

It all started in a bar in Oakland. Egyptian-American ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and his friend, Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero, were having a beer after seeing an Ethiopian band play.

How San Francisco helped Meklit Hadero find her voice

Feb 28, 2013

Born in Ethiopia, local musician Meklit Hadero lived all over the map until she landed in San Francisco almost eight years ago. The singer-songwriter was a resident artist with the de Young museum, is a TED Global fellow, and worked with the Red Poppy Art House and the Mission Arts and Performance Project.

 Tune in this Thursday to Africa Mix, when Emmanuel Nado's guest will be Ethiopian-born, San Francisco-based singer songwriter Meklit Hadero.

Meklit erupted to national notice with the 2010 release of her CD "On a Day Like This" bringing her music to a whole new audience.  She performs next Friday, March 23rd at the Herbst Theater for SFJazz.  Hear her on KALW this Thursday at 9pm.