Friday's finale of the Cedar's Global Roots Festival will feature a pair of U.S.-based artists with African roots. San Francisco singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero (pictured) was born in Ethiopia and raised in Brooklyn. Her rangy, glowing voice suggests an enchanting cross among Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, and Joan Armatrading, while her music is an infectious jazz/folk/blues/classical hybrid that also ties in influences from around the world. On On A Day Like This, she follows a knockout version of the Anthony Newley show standard "Feeling Good" with a lovely traditional Ethiopian tune and her own blazing funk-jazz workout "Soleil Soleil." Rapper M.anifest, a.k.a. Kwame Tsikata, is a native of Ghana who has made a name for himself on the Twin Cities hip-hop scene with a polished style and multi-cultural references that, as he says, "represent African with a spectacular street vernacular." All ages. (Photo by Sarah Peet)
Fri., Sept. 24, 7 p.m., 2010
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