Ajoutée par TEDxTalks le 23 nov. 2010
Born in Ethiopia, raised in the US and nurtured for the last several years in San Francisco’s rich arts scene, Meklit Hadero’s musical explorations span genres and geographies. Hadero is a vocalist, songwriter, cultural activist, TEDGlobal Fellow, founder of the Arba Minch Collective, and Resident Artist at the Red Poppy Art House — an interdisciplinary arts and performance space in San Francisco. Hadero’s recent album, On a Day Like This, « combines jazz with West Coast folk and African flourishes, all bound together by Hadero’s beguiling voice, which is part sunshine and part cloudy day » (Nevin Martell, Filter Magazine).
The day begins with “Walk Up,” a sun-dappled ode to taking it easy. As her guitar glitters in a simple two-chord pattern, Hadero sings as if she’s smiling up at the clouds: “In a funny way / You identify with the piece of paper you saw / Floating down the street / Earlier in the day.” A viola hovers and darts around her velvet pipes, caught up in the breeze. “Abbay Mado,” a joyous Ethiopian folk song about the joys of farm life, has a low-key charm to it. It’s full of infectious polyrhythms and handclaps, and Hadero’s pace is so relaxed that even danceophobes will find it impossible to keep their heads from bobbing.