With a unique blend of Ethiopian jazz, singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero is previewing her upcoming album with a tour that makes its way through the Hostess City on Jan. 21.
Her quartet features an upright bass, drums and a trumpet to accompany the style of singing and songwriting that is unique to Meklit, who made her debut in 2010 as an Ethiopian jazz musician.
"I walk the line of hyphens in between a lot of different stuff, which is the way the world is anyway," she said in an interview leading up to her show next week at Dollhouse Productions. "There's not such a thing as real purity anymore with the way culture is today," she said.
That mindset dominates her prosaic blend of music that includes acoustic solos, resonating her Ethiopian roots and jazz style.
"Mostly I'm writing in English and there's a lot of improvisation rooted in jazz," she said. "So it's sort of all those three influences brought together in a pretty high-energy show."
Growing up in Gainesville, Fla., made Savannah a distant city with a cultural draw for the artist, speaking on the phone before a soundcheck in New York City.
The album preview tour will take her through New York City, Portland, Maine, Portsmouth, N.H., Burlington, Vt., and then southward through Raleigh, N.C., Miami and Savannah.
After the preview tour, her latest album, "We Are Alive," will drop March 18.
Released by Six Degrees Records, it blends Meklit's philosophy of simplicity and her core stylistic premise.
"You want to be able to write songs about waking up in the morning, to the memories that affect how you relate with other people, to the feeling of walking down the street," she said. "I think songs should be about anything. I try to write about a variety of things."