Watch: Interview with Meklit Hadero

Tadias spoke with Meklit Hadero last week following her recent performance at Le Poisson Rouge in New York.

Tadias Magazine

By Kidane Mariam and Tigist Selam

Updated: Sunday, June 6, 2010

New York (TADIAS) – Tadias TV caught up with Meklit Hadero during her recent concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on June 1st.

The Manhattan appearance was a homecoming of sorts for Hadero, who spent part of her childhood in Brooklyn. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science before settling in San Francisco where she launched her music career in 2004.

The Ethiopian native, who left Addis Ababa as a toddler, tells Tadias she plans to return to Addis later this year to perform at an Afro-Roots concert. Her debut album On A Day Like This has garnered national attention with repeated highlights on NPR. Reviewers have compared her sound to that of Music legends Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell.

WATCH: Tadias’ Interview with Meklit Hadero

Tigist Selam interviewed Hadero at Le Poisson Rouge after her concert with The Olatuja Project on June 1, 2010.

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32 Responses to “Watch: Interview with Meklit Hadero”

  1. 1 Ayele Bekerie Jun 5th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Gret Interview, full of promise, optmism and venturing. Meklit is a model of global Ethiopia.

  2. 2 Tirusew Jun 5th, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Great interview. She is a true artist with the deep message like her name Meklit. I admire and appreciate your passion for your art. I agree that you sing “beautifully in Amharic!!!” I love you for paying tribute to your roots, parents, the farmers, lake Tana, and of course, for honoring the legendary singer Mehmood Ahmed who popularized Abay Mado. You give me the goosebumps for hope and peace. Keep on doing what you’re doing!!

  3. 3 tefferi Jun 5th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    meklit you are amazing, u are an ethiopian queen.

  4. 4 Kokeb Jun 5th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I have been following Meklit’s interviews and she is indeed very noble hearted. She has such a wonderful Ethiopian leza that I have come to love her. Go girl.

  5. 5 Masinko Jun 6th, 2010 at 3:32 am

    My observations of Meklit: Forward looking, enjoyable, very intelligent, cross cultural, genuine, socially conscious, cultural activist, cosmopolitan, well learned, beautiful, promising to be prolific singer-songwriter, loves life and people!

  6. 6 As Mel Jun 6th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Dear Meklit, God bless you our sister. we are proud of you and even Ethiopia is proud of you. You are really so intellectual, sociable with good heart , love for your art and for the ppl. God bless you again. amen.

  7. 7 Shinshico Jun 6th, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I am proud of you. You are a true ambassodor to Ethiopians. Keep up the good work. Wish you all the best!!

  8. 8 dawit Jun 6th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Amazing voice, amazing poise and personality. Proud of you Meklit!

  9. 9 hagos Jun 6th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    she is wow! Every part of her being is indeed poetic. may God continue to bless you my darling.

  10. 10 Mulugeta Jun 6th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Love your music and the way you carry yourself. Keep up the good work. Very proud of you.

  11. 11 Zelalem Jun 6th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Meklit I am proud of you! It is nice to hear your voice. Thank you for what you are doing.

  12. 12 kassahun Lemma Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Mekilt Hadero you did a nice job on your new album. I also appreciated how you really articualted the way you are coming up with. I heared your lyric and believed to be fantastic. Please go for it, Hoping you will be able to accomploish the committment you dream. Good bless you!

  13. 13 Hailu Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you Meklit for representing us. You are really our Meklit and please keep up the good work.

  14. 14 B. Fikre Jun 6th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    yagere lij,

    you really are beautiful in your spirit and flesh. I wish you, all your wishes to be true.


  15. 15 GOBENA Jun 6th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Go girl do not stop!

  16. 16 Dave Jun 6th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    The music is so cooooool to the extent I can’t believe my ears!!

  17. 17 AbaWirtu Jun 6th, 2010 at 2:09 pm


    What a beautiful Ethiopian – inside/out. I wish you all the best in all your future endeavours my dear Meklit. You are one proud and very talented girl! I can’t wait to buy your album.


  18. 18 Mequanet Jun 6th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Godbless you Meklit!

    It´s a good start be strong on your way UP, tell them where you come from and they will respect you. You have an ethiopien blood SO be proud.
    Tell them the story of our ancient Musik story, before they ask you.
    Tell them your name “Meklit”

    Go GIRL GO!
    Egeziabeher kantchi gar new.

  19. 19 Svenya Nimmons Jun 6th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I so enjoyed the interview and finally seeing Tigist speak (we’ve been pen pals for years so good to see more than just a picture!). I am a new fan of Mekit Hedero no doubt! Love it!

  20. 20 Samuel aseffa Jun 6th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    What a wonderful gift you’ve offered to the whole world of music lovers, it is one of the great pieces of art with a unique tenor I have ever enjoyed. Keep on going girl.

  21. 21 Meqdelawit Jun 6th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Simply fabulous!! Keep working and keep producing Meklit. There could be no doubt you are a rising start and deservingly so.

  22. 22 teddy Jun 6th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    MEKLIT HADERO God-bless you everywhere u go! we love you.

  23. 23 haile Jun 6th, 2010 at 11:55 pm


    oh my god! What a talent! Meklit, you are pure joy. God bless.

  24. 24 Amelework Jun 7th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Meliktye !

    Fantastic! I am proud of you ! “Korahubish

  25. 25 Mola Gashaw (From Israel) Jun 7th, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Fantastic wonderful YHADERO LEJ! I am very exited to hear you telling the meaning of HADERO, which is MILK. Since I understand Kanbatanga I may help U with more translations. How about a visit to the holy land of Israel?

  26. 26 Wahid Jun 7th, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Meklit you are my heroin and Ethiopian-American music queen keep up the good work and God Bless

  27. 27 endalc Jun 8th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Hello Meklit, wonderful international artist!

  28. 28 Mellese Jun 11th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Meklit, I feel proud because you are Ethiopian and of Ethiopian origin!!!

  29. 29 Durame Jul 1st, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Wow what a great artist.

  30. 30 Dereje Wubeshet Oct 2nd, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Amazing and such wonderful voice, I am proud of you Meklit, keep it up and stay doing well and well. GOD Bless YOU.

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