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Zili Misik Brings World Music to Motlow

March 22, 2012
Zili Misik

Eoff Hall on Motlow's Moore County campus came alive last Tuesday and Wednesday when the College welcomed Boston musical group Zili Misik for two live concerts. The 7-piece, all-female band performed on March 20 in an evening concert at 7:30 p.m. and a second performance the next morning at 11 a.m.

Zili Misik has garnered national recognition for blending reggae, samba, soul and jazz to produce a truly original musical experience. They present a multicultural amalgam of rhythms, styles, and themes. The band appeared as part of Motlow's Quality Enhancement Plan, a campus-wide initiative to improve student learning through culturally diverse activities.

Multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist, Kera M. Washington, founded Zili Misik 11 years ago. A skilled percussionist and gifted singer, Washington can move smoothly between melodic singing, vocal chants, and spoken word. Washington and the group credit "Craigslist" and Berklee College of Music for bringing keyboardist Kana Dehara, guitarist Lexi Havlin, saxphonist Joy Roster, trombonist Stephanie Baird, vocalist Chashe Musarurwa, bassist Joanna Maria, and drummer Jobeth Umali, to Zili Misik.

The women of this group trace their roots to five countries and three continents and have been bridging cultures, generations, and geography for more than a decade. Zili takes its name from Haitian spiritual entity, "Ezili" who is envisaged as mother, lover and warrior. Zili's songs are sensual, political, self-reflective, positive and provoke love. Zili Misik honors its influences while forging a new direction, a style they call New World Soul. Powerful Haitian, Brazilian and West African rhythms drive Zili Misik's original creations and act as the backbone of their traditional folksongs.

Committed to giving back, Zili Misik collects donated musical instruments for a school in Mirebalais, Haiti through "Project Misik." In 2010, Zili Misik received a Commendation from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for their continued fundraising efforts on behalf of the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.

Visit the group's website for more information about their latest musical releases and touring schedule.