Meklit - Supernova Remixes EP (Six Degrees Records)
Add Date: 7/10/2018
Focus Track: 1
Formats: College, Electronic, Modern Rock Specialty, & World
Artist Info: Ethiopian-American singer, composer and musician Meklit is set to premiere a new video for her single “Supernova” on 6/22/18. A companion remix EP featuring remixes by Xenia Rubinos and Lalin St. Juste (of the Seshen) comes out the same day. The video will be featured exclusively on Apple Music for a two week window, and goes live on YouTube 7/9/18.
Conceived as an Afrofuturist epic, the video features Meklit in a continuous loop through an Oakland house. Is it time travel, is it multiple universes? With each passing orbit, more and more of the cosmos creeps into the everyday. The song tells the story of the atoms that make up our bodies, and how they were born in Supernova. Meklit says, “If you are ever feeling ordinary, remember that the grandness of outer space is in you.” The work is the second collaboration between Meklit and “Kemekem (I Like Your Afro)” director Pete Lee.
Meklit is no stranger to Afrofuturism. In 2011, she co-created/co-wrote CopperWire: Earthbound, a hip-hop space opera, which earned her a feature in Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, written by scholar Ytasha L. Womack. “Supernova” appears on the album, When the People Move, the Music Moves Too, released on Six Degrees Records in June 2017 to rave reviews. Named amongst the Best Soul Albums of 2017 by Bandcamp and one of the 100 Best Albums of 2017 by the Sunday Times UK, it also reached #4 on the iTunes World Charts, #1 on the NACC World Charts and #12 on the World Charts in Europe. The album was inspired by Mulatu Astatke (the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz). Back in 2011, he told Meklit, "find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!" Produced by multi-GRAMMY winning artist/songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend, Dixie Chicks), the album also features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird.