CopperWire featuring Meklit Haderio, Gabriel Teodros
and Burntface, aka Ellias Fullmore
When Ethiopian-American artists Meklit Hadero, Gabriel Teodros and Burntface, aka Ellias Fullmore, met in the studio to see what happened, well,
so many great songs tumbled out so fast, and the creative connection proved so strong, that the three knew there was no looking back on their
journey... Earthbound: A Hip Hop Space Opera..
That’s the CopperWire effect. Copper—the most common of metals, yet far from ordinary. “It’s the cheapest material you can find, but a huge amount
of electricity can go through it,” Burntface says. Coiled together, these three artists have discovered themselves to be a vessel, a conduit that transmits
a creative power greater than themselves—one that zaps through the barriers of genre and geography that would label and divide them, and for which
they have no use.
Their vantage point: Outer space. Like other visionaries before them—Sun Ra, Parliament-Funkadelic, David Bowie, Octavia Butler—CopperWire step
off the surface of the planet, claim their extra-terrestrial roots, the better to make sense of our world and engage it humanely.
They know a bit about aliens and alienation. They were raised with Ethiopian roots but mixed and transplanted in America, shaped in San Francisco,
Seattle, Washington D.C., New York. They are children of folk and rock and hip-hop who are catching up to their parents’ Amharic language and traveling
back to a homeland in the throes of challenge and change.
Meklit says “The metaphor of traveling back and forth—it’s not just traveling over land, but to an entirely different part of your mind and of yourself.”
On Earthbound, the three enact characters—Gabriel as Getazia 13 Zeritoicus-Oxygen, or Getazia for short — the half-alien, half-human; Burntface as
Professor Askala Bilaq a.k.a. Scholar Black — the ice-cool scientist; Meklit as Ko Ai — the messenger and supernova-born solo traveler capable of
entering the minds of different people... or the soul of the computer. It’s a space opera, after all; but the characters are not just for the album. They step
out of it and into the struggles and wonders of life. “We’re going to Earth for the first time,” Gabriel says, “to learn about what being human means.”
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