On A Day Like This… 31 Comments


As a music lover, I’ve always been open to different genres and musicians. I always want to hear the next best thing.  Over the last few years,  I’ve been privy to a lot of new and good music.

Meklit and I have never met. We have mutual friends and have heard about each other. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that she is an amazing artist.  It wasn’t also until recently that I received her album, “On A Day Like This“  in my inbox to listen to it. One dreary Saturday afternoon, while working with Nolawi and the Blen Team,  I decided to listen to it. We were all in awe.

Usually when listening to an EP/LP, I pick out 1 or 2 of my favorite tracks. I’m pretty good at memorizing album names, lyrics and track lists. Over the years though, I’ve been very picky about what I’ll commit to memory.  Meklit’s “On A Day Like This“  has been on repeat, loop, shuffle in my iPod for the last month and half. Every single track speaks volume and will move you.

However,  her rendition of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” was an unexpected surprise.  As soon as I heard the washint playing in the beginning of the song, I was sold.  The way the washint is played in the intro will leave you with goose bumps. As Meklit begins singing the first verse, you can feel the power in her voice and almost as if she feels liberated.

Her album will make you feel good,  her songs will enchant you and her voice will mesmerize you.

As her bio eloquently puts it, “If Joni Mitchell were East African and met Nina Simone for tea in San Francisco’s Mission District, she might end up sounding like Meklit Hadero.” I cannot stress enough how amazing she is. She’s been featured on NPR’s “Tell Me More” (3/24), as well as several blogs.  In amazon.com pre-sales, Meklit’s album reached #9 for sales in the category of Jazz vocals, #20 in the category of broadway/vocals, and #42 for pop vocals. It reached the #1 slot for music movers and shakers.

Meklit will be on tour in the East Coast. We are pleased to announce that her first stop will be in DC for  Bernos’ 4th year Anniversary .  Please mark your calendars for:

Saturday, May 29th @ the Warehouse Loft – 411 New York Ave NE , Wash DC.  More details to follow soon.

And she’ll be in NYC, as well – at the New Africa Live at Le Poisson Rouge on June 1st.

The Album is already out on Amazon only and will be released nationally on April 20th.

You can find Meklit on Facebook & Twitter .

31 Responses to “On A Day Like This…”

  1. 1 Mamitu

    I loved Meklit Hadero when I heard her on NPR. Beautiful voice,….. our very own Nina Simone. I will definitely go see her.

  2. 2 biskut


    here is thelink to her interview on NPR
    What i like most about her songs is it sounds heart felt She kinda reminds me of tracy chapman .Her style is also original .all in all i think she is phenomenal.

  3. 3 Mikematic

    Thanks Beshou for your hard work on spreading vibes of abesha artists and their works. Big ups sistah!

  4. 4 beshou

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! She is def a force to be reckoned with. Let’s support her and buy her music.

    If you are in DC for memorial day weekend, you are in for a treat! :)

  5. 5 DawitK

    Great Post Beshou…

  6. 6 justme

    It is amazing. The other day i was lisening to her interview from npr.
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125120472 I thought she is remarkable and well grounded musician. I enjoyed her version of Abay Mado song. Thanks for sharing beshou..

  7. 7 tsedey

    thanks beshou,

    i feel ashamed to say i had so many opportunities to see meklit’s performances but somehow i kept on missing on her shows. i too have many common friends with her but never actually met her. i loved the npr, KALW interviews and the reviews on huffington post and other media outlets. I listened to her songs as well.

    the ‘Jon Mitchell.. nina simone’ analogy describes her best.

    she’s been shaking san francisco for a while now. am sure she’s gonna do the same in the east coast. Enjoy the shows..

    ‘abay mado’ is one of my favorites..

  8. 8 beshou

    Abay Mado is also a personal fave, as well. Thanks guys for the comments! I can’t wait to have her in DC :)

  9. 9 Totit

    Can not wait either…:)

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  11. 11 Dj Goldie DC

    Great post! Keep up! Big Up !

  12. 12 beshou

    Thanks Goldie! :)

  13. 13 endalc

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  14. 14 beshou

    You are welcome endalc!

  15. 15 tsedey

    so i had a chance to meet meklit recently and i went to her CD release concert/party last night. She was amazing. A real entertainer and talented artist. Her voice is like no other and so are the songs. It would just take you somewhre…somewhere you’ve never been and you just love being there.

    you should def. see her!

    p.s. the portuguese song was my fav. last night.

  16. 16 beshou

    Hey Tsedey,

    Thanks for sharing!! i heard it was amazing from a friend in the bay. i’m excited :)

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