MTV Iggy Feature…

MTV Iggy gave us a great little write up on its blog….Thanks y’all!

When three artists from the West Coast combine their shared Ethiopian roots and colorful solo careers, the end result is electric. For Meklit Hadero, Gabriel Teodros, and Burntface, aka Ellias Fullmore, a highly conductive hip-hop outfit aptly named CopperWire was born. The trio formed the band during a trip to East Africa — Meklit dropping vocal improvisations over the beats of Gabriel and Burntface — and from those organic beginnings comes their debut album Earthbound, out today.

Defined by the band as a hip-hop space opera, the trio’s debut record takes the talent from each member and forms a collective music that is truly out of this world. With sounds from actual stars (seriously, they joined forces with NASA) to Meklit’s dreamy vocal melodies and Burntface’s ethereal soundscapes, the group takes listeners on an extra-terrestrial, hip-hop-flavored journey.

Listen to Getazia 13 Zeritoicus-Oxygen (Gabriel), Professor Askala Bilaq (Burntface), and Ko Ai (Meklit), embody their Sci-Fi alter egos in the single “Phone Home.”

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Phone Home Video Premiers on OkayAfrica!

Here it is! The video for “Phone Home”, premiered yesterday on It features footage of the first ever hip-hop shows in Gondar and Harar, Ethiopia and NASA recordings of the cosmos. The music video also boasts appearances by Ethio-Jazz godfather Mulatu Astatke, and musicians Kaid and Saba Kahsay. Look out earthlings.

…2 days to go… New single: Kármán Line.

The Karman Line is the altitude at which an aircraft or a spacecraft no longer can use wings. At that altitude the atmosphere is so thin, that the speed required to use the lift force of the wing is enough for the aircraft to just orbit like a wingless satellite. It’s approximately 100km above sea level.

SF Chronicle Calls Earthbound a “brilliant first album….”

Upholding her reputation as one of our most eclectic R&B stars-in-waiting, San Francisco singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero’s latest project finds her playing lead in a self-proclaimed Ethiopian hip-hop space opera. Working with rapper Gabriel Teodros and producer Burntface under the collective name Copperwire, on its brilliant first album, “Earthbound,” the group aims up to update the far-out grooves of Sun Ra and George Clinton’s Funkadelic/Parliament through skittering club beats, lush strings and sound effects courtesy of NASA. The jazzy undercurrents of Hadero’s solo work find their way into daring compositions like “Wake Up” and “Phone Home,” giving the trio’s unruly future funk the extra emotional kick it needs to send it into orbit.


…3 days to go! New single: Mahalia Einstein

This tune is an interpretation of the relationship between Mahalia Jackson and Albert Einstein. The two were friends, and Jackson would stay with Einstein whenever she performed at the then-segregated Princeton (where he a professor) and she was refused accommodation. We imagine the kind of love that could exist between two people who embodied infinity through such different, yet resonant paths.

Stories – new single premiere with 5 days to go.

The countdown has started. There are 5 days left before the landing. Starting now we will release a new single every day until we land the spaceship at an unspecified location on Tuesday April 17.

The stories on your body will shine.

Intro to Zeritoicus (another excerpt from “Makeda & Pakaa”)

Zeritoicus is a planet orbiting Sirus C, it’s land masses are more like small islands then whole continents. Over 90% of the planet is an ocean. The Zeritoigans are an amphibious people, who can direct thoughts and communicate with each other underwater with no words. A highly empathic people, it’s both one of their greatest strengths and weaknesses. They feel each other’s pain and share in each other’s joy, just by swimming or walking close enough to each other. With a touch they can transmit mental images, memories, desires, anything. While so many other planets in the sector looked to stars for other worlds, the Zeritoigans went to the depths of their own oceans in a way most never have. Continue reading

Phone Home Lyrics….

I traveled on a bridge of glass and light
Four million miles through my eyes
Jupiter, your body made of storms
Midnight’s second star
You are, you are
Real as the rocks that I walk across
As the leaves at autumn’s feet
As the pomegranate is sweet
As the blast of this beat

Phone home! Phone home! ET Phone home!Phone home!

What you think we do all day, swat flies?
We got two ways and flip phones
Shipped in from Dubai
Hit my little cousin Faf, crazy
He’s crazy on the skpe
They got high speed in Addis
Busting raps on the skype
Held a laptop out the window
Tried to show him another life
One day, he’ll see his sister my father raised half her life Continue reading