Image of Meklit. Credit: John Nilsen
CPA Series

Africa Fest 2022: Meklit

October 15, 2022
8 PM

General admission tickets from $10-$15. See details below.  

Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, songwriter and composer, known for her electric stage presence and innovative, deeply personal Ethio-Jazz songs.

Don’t miss this Africa Fest 2022 headlining performance, presented in partnership with Carolina’s African Studies Center. 

“There is a raw beauty about Ethiopian vocalist and songwriter Meklit. Her voracious musical appetite is always evident, and she manages to honor her heritage while remaining fiercely original.”

JazzTimes

TICKETS

Tickets available for $15. $10 UNC-Chapel Hill student tickets available with valid UNC One Card. Additional discounts available. Visit our FAQ page for details. 

EVENT DETAILS

  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Intermission: n/a
  • Additional information: Visit our FAQ page 

ABOUT MEKLIT

Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, songwriter and composer, known for her electric stage presence and innovative, deeply personal Ethio-Jazz songs. Her performances have taken her around the world, from Addis Ababa — where she is a full-blown star — to San Francisco, NYC, Chicago, Nairobi, Cairo, Montreal, London, Zurich, Rome, Helsinki and many more. Meklit’s latest album, “When the People Move, the Music Moves Too,” was named amongst the best records of the year by Bandcamp and The Sunday Times UK, climbing to the top of the iTunes, NACC, and European World Charts.  

MORE About meklit

Meklit is Chief of Program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a TED Senior Fellow, and a former artist-in-residence at Harvard University. She has collaborated with the likes of Kronos Quartet, Andrew Bird, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and musical legend Pee Wee Ellis. 

Meklit is co-founder, co-producer and host of “Movement,” a new radio series and live show telling stories of global migration through music. 

“…if you have any doubts that the musical styles of East Africa and the Bay Area can be melded with equal parts grit and grace, she’ll knock them right out of you with vocals, horns and percussion — such exhilarating, heartbeat-propelling percussion — by the time the first chorus comes around.”

NPR

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