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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


After singer Meklit Hadero’s Sunday night concert, art dealer and Fela! producer Edward Tyler Nahem hosted dinner in her honor at Indochine. The Ethiopian-American Hadero is Yale grad, a TED fellow, a community activist and has the most extraordinary voice. In his introduction, novelist Walter Mosely described meeting her at an NPR interview in San Francisco and after hearing her sing, feeling immediately that he was “home.” Her music is a combination of jazz and poetry with an Ethiopian influence – a sort of East African Joni Mitchell. For the last seven years the gorgeous singer has worn a fresh flower in her hair every day, now her trademark. Dinner guests included architect Markus Dochantschi, documentary filmmakers Manthia Diawara and John Akomfrah, Fela! star Kevin Mambo, African jazz singer Somi, Tyler Perry actress Sidra Smith, and screenwriter James Linville. When Hadero arrived at Indochine, Nahem led a standing ovation much to the surprise of the other Sunday night diners. They will soon know this ascending star.



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