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Meklit A Hadero

Singer + songwriter

Meklit Hadero

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Singer/Musician/Cultural Activist, Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director - The Nile Project

Current Organizations:

The Nile Project, The Red Poppy Art House, TED, CopperWire


Photos

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Videos

Meklit Hadero - Leaving Soon - Music Video

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Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) - Meklit Hadero and Quinn DeVeaux (Arcade Fire Cover)

Our US tour page for September 9-27: https://www.facebook.com/events/453058831404999/ Buy on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/neighborhood-1-tunnels/id553007620?i=553007624&uo=4 or download free at http://www.meklitandquinn.com Song by Arcade Fire Performed by Meklit Hadero & Quinn DeVeaux Video directed, designed and edited by Christine Marie Photography by Peter Varshavsky Production assistance by Kate Charlotte Hodges and Emma Strebel

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CopperWire "Phone Home" Official Video

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/earthbound/id511531520?uo=4 http://twitter.com/copperwiremusic http://www.facebook.com/copperwiremusic http://www.copperwiremusic.com CopperWire "Phone Home" Earthbound (Porto Franco Records, 2012) Produced by Chris Coniglio & Daniel Price Video production by AppSynth Media Cinematography by Brandon Eversole, Ariane Wu, Peter Varshavsky & Salvatore Fullmore Additional footage courtesy of NASA ET is the country code for ETHIOPIA

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Projects

The Nile Project
04/01/2012 – present
The Nile Project is a cross-cultural musical platform that will bring together hip-hop, traditional and contemporary musicians living in the Nile countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt) to play and record music, to tour down the river and its source lakes on a boat made of recycled water bottles, and connect the people of the river to each other and to the broader world. Loosely based on the Silk Road Project, and created by Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero and Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis, the Nile Project explores the intersection of ecology and culture across much of East Africa. Along with the musical component, the Nile Project will act as an educational hub, gathering Nile scholars includ- ing climate scientists, historians, anthropologists, mythologists, fisherman, hydrologists and ecologists to share their expertise both through an extensive, media-rich website, as well as through a TEDxNile held at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in 2013. The Nile Project will tour Europe and North America in several smaller iterations between 2012 and 2013, leading up to a grand finale at Lincoln Center in August 2013 at the same time as TEDxNile.
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Arba Minch Collective
? – present
The Arba Minch Collective is group of multidisciplinary artists from the Ethiopian Diaspora living in North America. Together, we make annual trips to Ethiopia to connect with both contemporary and traditional artists living across Ethiopia. This is a volunteer initiative, but one that has provided for the development of major musical opportunities and directions over the past three years.
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CopperWire
04/17/2012 – present
CopperWire is a trio of Ethiopian-American artists, including myself, as well as emcees Gabriel Teodros and Burntface. We are set to release our debut album Earthbound in April 2012 and will be touring in support of it throughout 2012. A comprehensive suite of iPhone apps and games will be released along with the record, making this effort a mix of music, science and technology.
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Biography

Meklit Hadero ’s music is imbued with poetry and multiplicity, from hybridized sounds of Tizita (haunting and nostalgic music) drawing from her Ethiopian heritage, to the annals jazz, folk songs and rock & roll. Hadero aptly describes her music as emanating from “in-between-spaces.” Listening to Meklit Hadero 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 understands the rich community-building possibilities of this moment in history, when technological advances make intercultural exchange the norm rather than the exception. She founded the Arba Minch Collective to foster cultural exchange between the Ethiopian Diaspora and Ethiopians living inEthiopia ; she is a TED Senior Fellow; a resident artist at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco; and was a 2011 artist-in-residence at New York University, where she created a collaboration between the Lincoln Center Atrium and NYU, curating the series Resonate! at Lincoln Center's newest space for public performances. She is a Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Nile Project, a cross-cultural musical platform that will bring together hip-hop, traditional and contemporary musicians living in the Nile countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt) to play and record music, to tour down the river and its source lakes, and connect the people of the river to each other and to the broader world. Loosely based on the Silk Road Project, the Nile Project explores the intersection of ecology and culture across much of East Africa. Currently she is signed to Porto Franco Records, and and her latest studio album, "On A Day Like This…" was released in 2010. She will be releasing CopperWire's Earthbound, a Hip-Hop Space Opera, with Arba Minch Collective members Gabriel Teodros and Burntface, in April 2012.  


Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Fasting season veggie combo at an Ethiopian restaurant. Eating with your hands is so good!

A funny story about me:
I have a thing for living on hilltops!


Vital Stats

Fellows Class
2012 TED Senior Fellow
TEDGlobal 2009
Languages
English
Living in
San Francisco, United States
Working in
San Francisco, United States
Born in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Gender
Female

Contact

Twitter
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Websites
www.meklithadero.com www.nileproject.org www.meklitandquinn.com www.copperwiremusic.com www.redpoppyarthouse.org
Blog
www.meklithadero.com/blog

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