by Teddy Fikre
Have you heard the melodic sounds of a butterfly flapping her wings in the gentle breeze?
Have you ever heard the melodic sounds of a spring creek flowing from melting mountain ice caps?
Have you ever heard the melodic sounds of Lady Tennant Stradivarius violin being plucked by a child prodigy?
Have you ever heard the melodic sounds of Meklit Hadero?
Did that last question seem a bit out of place to you? Don’t worry; it won’t be for too long once you hear a sample of Meklit’s melodic voice, a voice that I can only describe as a double shot of rhapsody with a side of tuneful harmony. I will be honest with you, I have never heard of Meklit until I found out that she will be performing at the Bernos anniversary concert on May 29th in DC. I saw the picture on the flyer and at first I thought Bernos had managed to book Jill Scott. So I clicked on the picture and saw the words “Meklit Hadero performing live!”
Being an avid lover of all things which are new, I was grateful for being put on to something new by Bernos. But with all things, I have to verify for myself why it was that Bernos is featuring Meklit at such a big event. So I did what comes natural, I decided to google Meklit Hadero. To my surprise—and maybe to my dismay—I was finding out about Meklit after publications such as Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and News Review had already written about her. Enough research, I had to let my ear drums be my judge. I went to facebook, entered Meklit Hadero, and “liked” her fan page. There, I see icons I can click to listen to her voice.
Guitar starts to strum, and for a second, I thought I had forgotten to turn off Adel or Joni Mitchell. Nope, iTunes is on pause, I go back to facebook. I am listening in awe, THIS is Meklit? WOW! To be honest, I am listening to “It will be quite”, one of Meklit’s songs, and I am having a hard time typing as I am still in awe that such a gem could be kept secret from me for such a…(continued)
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