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Border Crossings: Meklit

Border Crossings: Meklit
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Ethiopian-American vocalist, composer, and cultural activist Meklit, released her new EP Ethio Blue on March 8th, 2024, it is a prescient six-song collection more attuned to inner landscapes. Teaming up again with prolific, award-winning songwriter/producer Dan Wilson, she crafted and recorded a luminous set of songs anticipating the need for succor and inner light in the face of impending darkness. It’s no coincidence that the EP opens with “Antidote,” a bouncing ode to emotional wisdom and self-knowledge. Powered by an array of funk, Afro- Caribbean, and Ethio Jazz-inspired grooves, the music was designed to “heal ourselves and nourish our hearts,” Meklit says. “I realized I need to make a record reminding us of the power we have and the spirit of resiliency that can refresh us.”