ETHIO JAZZ FOR 2017 WITH
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is 21 and over
Meklit’s music is imbued with poetry and multiplicity, from hybridized sounds of Tizita (haunting and nostalgic music) drawing from her Ethiopian heritage, to jazz, folk songs, hip-hop and art rock. She aptly describes her music as emanating from “in-between-spaces.” Listening to Meklit transports us to the post-national space of Africa and America, inspiring us to bridge the frontiers between language, tribes and disciplines. Her songs celebrate the newness of life and the hyphens that bring us together.
Meklit released her debut solo album On A Day Like This in 2010, and her follow up We Are Alive in 2014. This Was Made Here, her newest body of music, was commissioned by the MAP Fund and is set to be released in Spring of 2017 by Six Degrees Records. She has also been a part of three collaborative albums - CopperWire: Earthbound, Meklit & Quinn and the Nile Project: Aswan.
Meklit is a TED Senior Fellow, and her TED talk, The Unexpected Beauty Of Everyday Sounds, has been watched by more than 1 million people. She was a featured singer in both An African Tribute to James Brown - a project of musical legend, Pee Wee Ellis, as well as the UN Women Theme Song, One Woman.
Zakiya Harris is a Shapeshifter. She is an afro-eclectic mix of soul, dance and theater. Her music has been compared to the works of Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu and MIA. Along with her dynamic band Elephantine she seamlessly blends the genres of Soul, Electronica, Hip-Hop and Afro-Beat music within her repertoire.
Zakiya has shared stages with Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Digable Planets, Gil Scott-Heron, and Tatiana Ali. She’s also been featured at Art Basel, Life is Living, The New Parish, Brick and Mortar, Cafe Du Nord and The Legendary CBGB’s Gallery.