Born in Ethiopia in the early 1980s, Meklit Hadero grew up in the United States, first in Iowa, then in New York and finally in Florida – a journey in an eclectic and artistically rich setting. Her countless influences have included jazz, soul, hip hop and rock as well as traditional musical styles both from the United States and her native Ethiopia.
Upon reaching adulthood, she studied political science at Yale University and then settled in San Francisco, a city whose outstanding artistic wealth she was quick to discover. She dove body and soul into this blend of influences, with a mingling that has always dominated her life and that she appreciates more than anything else. In 2007, she recorded Eight Songs, an initial disc that was merely an introduction to her talents and that enabled her to start on a professional musical career.
In 2009, she benefited from a residence at New York University, at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and at the Red Poppy Art House, also in San Francisco). She also produced compositions for the San Francisco Foundations and its theatre productions. In addition, she created the Arba Minch collective, joining Ethiopian artists living outside their country and wanting to deepen their links with their country of origin and with other representatives of the diaspora.
In 2010, Meklit Hadero brought out her second album, titled On a Day Like This, enabling her to reach a broader audience. When it came out, the press was ecstatic: the San Francisco Chronicle called her “an artistic giant in the early stages.” Her pieces reflected influences of New York jazz and western American folk, sprinkled with East African sounds and rhythms, all brought together by her captivating voice and profound energy.