Ethiopian American Singer Meklit celebrates groove-happy new album with San Francisco gig

Meklit Hadero will perform on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the Bing Concert Hall Studio at Stanford. (John Nilsen photo)

As a co-founder of the Nile Project, which brings together musicians from across the vast Nile River region, Meklit can speak at length about the many ways the experience has filtered into her music.

But the Oakland-based Ethiopian-American singer/songwriter can also sum up her essential Nile Project epiphany in a single word: “percussion.” Every track on her gorgeous new album “The People Move and the Music Moves Too” (Six Degrees Records) features the propulsive rhythm section tandem of Colin Douglas on drum kit and Marco Peris Coppola on the frame drum tupan.

The double-barreled unit was inspired directly by the drum-powered Nile Project ensemble, where “there were actually three percussionists, and that’s like a super-charged engine underneath you,” says Meklit, whose parents brought her to the United States as a child after fleeing political repression in Ethiopia.

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With Zakiya Harris

When: 9 p.m. May 6

Where: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., San Francisco

Tickets: $15-$25; 415-861-2011,


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