African-Amazing

People get funny about Meklit Hadero. The local singer is outrageously charming, devastatingly soulful, and she does this kind of breathy percussion-singing thing no one’s ever done before. The signature flower in the hair and excellent fashion choices are just cherries on top. The whole thing often catches audiences off guard; they freak out. Hadero studied political science in college, but she wound up playing guitar and writing songs that mix a lot of influences: her native Ethiopian folk, American blues, jazzes, local rock, and more. Tonight, “Home From Home” celebrates her recent trip to Ethiopia and Kenya; she plays songs from her album On a Day Like This … as well as new ones written and learned “on the East African road,” as she puts it. All this and she just played the Hollywood Bowl at Pee-Wee Ellis’ James Brown tribute show: It’s okay to freak out.
Thu., June 23, 8 p.m., 2011

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