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- Sat May 07 2022 8:00 PM
Known for her electric stage presence and galvanizing live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from London to Cairo. The Ethiopian American vocalist and songwriter makes music that sways between cultures and continents, blending jazz, folk and East African influences. An innovator and activist, Meklit co-founded the Nile Project and her latest album, When the People Move, The Music Moves Too, reached the top of the iTunes and European world music charts.
Meklit’s MOVEMENT (Live) is a multimedia exploration of global migration and personal stories of what it means to be American. In the world premiere of her new show, co-commissioned by Meany Center, Meklit is joined by three Seattle-based musicians: Cuban-born Enrique Kiki Valera, considered to be one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a mid-size guitar with eight strings grouped in sets of two; Dakota Camacho, a musician and dancer fusing hip-hop with traditional song and movement from his homeland of Guahan, commonly referred to as Guam; and Haitian American singer-songwriter Momma Nikki.
A rare artist … creating something compelling and wholly her own.
Meklit is a Mellon Creative Research Fellow with Meany Center.