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Overheard at National Geographic

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Come dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations overheard at National Geographic’s headquarters, as we follow explorers, photographers, and scientists to the edges of our big, weird, beautiful world. Hosted by Peter Gwin and Amy Briggs.


The Soul of Music: Meklit Hadero tells stories of migration

This episode is part four of The Soul of Music—Overheard’s four-part series focusing on music, exploration, and Black history. Our guest this week is Meklit Hadero, a Nat Geo Explorer and Ethio-jazz musician. Meklit is the creative force behind the transmedia storytelling project Movement, which explores the intersection of migration and music. She and fellow Explorer and music producer Jahawi Bertolli talk about migration, the ancient instruments known as rock gongs, and how their music is inspired by nature.

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Learn more about Meklit Hadero and the Movement project at her website You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @meklitmusic. 

Learn more about Jahawi Bertolli and his First Rock project on his website You can follow him on Instagram @jahawibertolli

Check out the Overheard episode “Ancient Orchestra” to learn more about Jahawi and the sound of rock gongs.

And keep listening to songs featured in The Soul of Music as well as a few bonus tracks in this Spotify playlist

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Follow FREEK and his music on instagram @freektv

The “star sounds” you heard were provided by Jon Jenkins, co-investigator for data analysis for the Kepler Mission. Learn more about the Kepler Mission and star sonification on their webpage

Learn more about ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astake in this Nat Geo article

Thinking about traveling to Ethiopia? This Nat Geo travel guide can help you plan your trip.

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