Pittsburgh Event

Meklit, Acclaimed TED Fellow Singer Performs @ Club Cafe On 1/12/14


Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Club Cafe • 56-58 S12th Street, Pittsburgh, PA
8:00 PM | $10 | 21+ 
Born in Ethiopia, based in San Francisco for the past nine years, singer/composer/cultural activist Meklit became a sensation with the release of her debut “On a Day Like This ” in April, 2010. NPRcalled her sound, “a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.” PBS said “You’ll hear hints of Billie Holliday, Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell in her music but Meklit is her own unique creation.” The San Francisco Chronicle called Meklit “…an artistic giant in the early stages. She is stunning.”
For the past three and a half years, her frequent live shows have run the gamut, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, SXSW, Bumbershoot, SFJAZZ Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Skirball Center, Southbank Centre in London as well as university residencies (NYU, UC San Diego) – and of course, an extraordinary artist residency at the Ringling International Arts Festival in 2011. As a Senior TED Fellow, she has also performed at the TED Conference in Long Beach, TED Global in Edinburgh, and she performed at TED Women in December 2013 in San Francisco.
Meklit’s special participations cut a wide swathe. She was a guest in Pee Wee Ellis’ (James Brown’s longtime musical director) African tribute to James Brown at the Hollywood Bowl, where she sang a sizzling rendition of “Cold Sweat”. She is a core voice in the theme song for UN Women (along with such notables as Anoushka ShankarAngelique KidjoRokia Traore, and Buika). She performed Beck’s “The Title of This Song” at San Francisco’s premier live magazine PopUp, sharing the stage with Beck himself, as well as Devendra Banhart and more.
She continues to break down genres, whether covering indie pop-rock hits and making them her own, adapting traditional or popular Ethiopian songs, or collaborating on a hip-hop space opera or in her own exquisite and original solo work. In any case, as SFJAZZ says “Meklit has truly established herself as a modern queen of soul “. She has just finished recording her next album with producer Eli Crews (tUnEyArDsGeographer,Deerhoof), to be released in March 2014 on Six Degrees Records. She is booked by Todd Walker at the Windish Agency.
January 2014 East Coast Tour Dates:
Jan 10 – New York, NY- Joe’s Pub
Jan 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Café Club
Jan 14 – New Haven, CT – Café Nine
Jan 15 – Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot
Jan 16 – Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery
Jan 17 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
Jan 18 – Arlington, VA – Artisphere
Jan 19 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House
Jan 21 – Savannah, GA – Dollhouse Productions
Jan 22 – Miami, FL – The Stage

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