Music plays a pivotal role within my life. Discovering new and up-and-coming artists also gives way for broadening and diversifying my auditory palate. So, it’s no wonder how Mereba became the soundtrack to my current mood and existence. Her ultra-smooth vocals are sweeter than honey, laced over melodic, slow-grooving guitar solos and lyrics that pierce the soul. I actually discovered her by way of dope YouTuber/influencer, Shahd Batal.
While sifting through a few Instagram stories, I happened upon one of Shahd’s picturesque posts, along with a one of Mereba’s tracks, effortlessly oozing chill vibes, mellowing the entire ambience.
What I love most about Mereba’s artistry is her unapologetic rawness and her unique ability to transform an entire 3-minute tune into a timeless expression of life’s struggles including love, personal growth and spirituality.
The 29-year-old Ethiopian-American singer, songwriter and musician also possesses a knack for making her listeners feel invincible, taking on the world with zero fear and no regard for the judgment of others. I also adore indulging in her impromptu spoken word interludes, which she spreads over flawless (almost nostalgic) beats.
Mereba’s iconic album, The Jungle Is The Only Way Out, is available to stream now on various music platforms – I-Tunes, Spotify, Pandora… alladat! A few of my favorite songs from her include “Kinfolk”, “Black Truck”, “Sandstorm” and “Stay Tru”. Don’t hesitate to bump a few of her tracks and let me know what you think. Her sound is every bit of refreshing, cooler than a brisk breeze brushing slowly across your face. Happy listening!
*Photo Credits: NoHo Arts District, Twitter and Ones To Watch. I do not own the rights to these photographs.
“Stay sick cause I follow my gut.”
-Mereba, “Black Truck”