@meklithadero @quinndeveaux

Clearly, it’s been a busy year for Meklit Hadero.  She’s a TED Senior Fellow, which helps her push along her cross-cultural collaboration work on The Nile Project; she’s part of the Ethiopian hip hop group CopperWire; and, apparently, she’s had time to do an album of covers with fellow Bay Area retro-soul artist Quinn DeVeaux.  The album, Meklit & Quinn, will be available September 18.

What the two of them have put together is an album of covers.  According to the release notes:

Two years later we have Meklit & Quinn. A “soul record,” certainly. A project born of a shared feel for that idiom’s sounds. But not a suite of songs by its greats (although they couldn’t lay off that Sam classic, and another by Stevie Wonder). Nor an album of originals (although there are three of them here, including a toothsome groove, “Sent by You,” damp as the paper napkin they wrote it on). No. This is something else. A record comprised, as Quinn says, of “tunes that we could wear.”

It’s 12 songs that range from Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder to Arcade Fire and MGMT, along with a couple of originals thrown in.

Meklit & Quinn Tracklisting:

  1. Neighborhoods #1 (Tunnels) – Arcade Fire
  2. Sent By You – Meklit and Quinn
  3. This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads
  4. Electric Feel – MGMT
  5. Satellite Of Love – Lou Reed
  6. Elegie – Patti Smith
  7. I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
  8. Slow – Meklit Hadero
  9. Look At What The Light Did Now – Kyle Field
  10. Saving Up – Quinn DeVeaux
  11. Music Arcade – Neil Young
  12. Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke


09/09 @ Tin Angel – Philadelphia, PA

09/12 @ Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY

09/19 @ Playhouse – Arcata, CA

09/21 @ Center For The Arts – Grass Valley, CA

09/23 @ Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, CA

09/25 @ Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA

09/27 @ Hotel Café – Los Angeles, CA

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