Vocalist, songwriter, composer, and curator Meklit Hadero will take participants on a journey of self discovery, storytelling, and the impacts of the music/song and its connectivity to a changing community. Participants will focus on a specific song or artist, finding paths to creating memorable stories, and learning about the importance of how personal storytelling can transform.


Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, songwriter and composer known for her electric stage presence and innovative, deeply personal
Ethio-Jazz songs. Her performances have taken her around the world, from Addis Ababa where she is a full blown star – to San Francisco, NYC, Chicago, Nairobi, Cairo, Montreal, London, Zurich, Rome, Helsinki and many more. Meklit’s latest album “When the People Move, the Music Moves Too” was named amongst the best records of the year by Bandcamp and The Sunday Times UK, climbing to the top of the iTunes, NACC, and European World Charts.

Meklit is Chief of Program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a TED Senior Fellow, and a former Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University. She has collaborated with the likes of Kronos Quartet, Andrew Bird, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and musical legend Pee Wee Ellis.