- Title: "on a day like this"
- Artist: Meklit Hadero
- Label: Porto Franco Records
- Performance: 7 p.m. Monday (2/4) at CSPS Hall
- Tickets: $15 in advance at Legionarts.org or (319) 364-1580; $18 at the door
- Artist's website: Meklithadero.com
A rainy day is a perfect day to sit back and enjoy, "on a day like this..." Any day is a perfect day to sit back and spin this 2010 full-length debut CD by Meklit Hadero. The Ethiopian-American songstress is returning to her Cedar Rapids roots for a Monday (2/4) evening appearance at CSPS Hall. If the concert is even half as amazing as this CD, it's a sure bet/don't miss event. Her parents -- both doctors -- fled Ethiopia in the early '80s, when Meklit was just 1 year old. The family found asylum in the United States and settled in Cedar Rapids. Subsequent moves took them to New York and Florida. Now known by her first name, Meklit (pronounced muh-kleet), studied political science at Yale, then moved to San Francisco, where the eclectic music scene helped her shape her chameleon sound. This magical collection of original, folk and adapted arrangements is astonishing in tone, depth and marriage of world traditions. A little exotic, a little bouncy, a little languid, a little jazzy -- it's an intoxicating brew. The details