Press || 08.22.2010

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Introduction by Walter Mosely at Skirball Center for the Arts

“You may not have heard Meklit Hadero’s music before, but once you do, it’ll be tough to forget. Hadero’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.” - read full article

“One of our favorite new releases of 2010…” – read full interview

“Meklit Hadero… combines N.Y. jazz with West Coast folk and African flourishes, all bound together by Hadero’s beguiling voice, which is part sunshine and part cloudy day.” – read full interview

“Soulful, tremulous and strangely cinematic, Hadero’s voice will implant scenes in your mind — a softly lit supperclub, a Brooklyn stoop, a sun-baked road. Close your eyes, listen and dream.” – article

“This album has been on constant rotation, with every spin revealing something fresh and addictive.” – read full article

“[Meklit] is an artistic giant in the early stages. She sings of fragility, hope and self-empowerment, and exudes all three. What’s irresistible, above all, is her cradling, sensuous, gentle sound. She is stunning.” – read full article

“Poetic beauty abounded in Hadero’s lyrics, sometimes complex, sometimes achingly, elegantly simple…. The clearest message of On a Day Like This was that Hadero was a singular talent and one to watch.”

-Richard Elliot, PopMatters.com

“Hadero’s voice and songwriting are irresistible and become even more compelling with repeat listening.” – read full article

“The perfect triangle of influences comes together on this unforgettable debut. Born in Ethiopia, Meklit Hadero has the lilting grace of African music in everything she sings, and there is the timelessness of that ancient land in the way Hadero puts deep beauty in these songs.” – read full article

“Meklit Hadero’s debut album is one of those rare gems you hope to find every once in a while. Each song is breathtakingly perfect, and each one presents a new musical twist on what singer-songwriter Hadero… is capable of.” – read full article

“It’s easy to tell that Meklit Hadero is a singer, just by listening to the soft susurrations of her speaking voice. She could talk about anything and it would somehow sound private and intimate. Her singing follows suit, with its dense phrasing and lazy vibratos. Hadero is relatively new to the stage, but she’s already generated a huge cult of adoration in the past five years.

There’s a maturity to Hadero’s debut album, On a Day Like This … that belies her inexperience. She articulates words in weird, interesting ways to give them shape — “cloud” sounds like “clood” and “up” sounds like “ooom.” There are no hard consonants or sharp vowels, and all the lyrics flow along with a bluesy lilt. They could almost be scraps from a spoken-word poem: Green, green, green, everywhere, she sings in “Under,” accenting each “green” a slightly different way (“greeen, greenn, grreen”). The song is a lullaby and love ballad. It could almost be a hymn.

Hadero wrote or co-wrote all but two of the ten tracks on On a Day, and they all have a definitive style: spare chords, murky harmonies, an implied rise but no bridge. Her band is fantastic, buoyed by such local stars as drummer Jeff Marrs, bassists Devin Hoff and Marcus Shelby, trumpeter Darren Johnston, and saxophonist David Boyce — who, in a surprising twist, plays bass clarinet for most of this album. But it’s Hadero’s singing style that really sets the mood, and imbues each line with meaning.” – read full article