Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Zili Misik

Zili Misik is all female and has been performing New World Soul, roots music of the African Diaspora, since 2000. Zili bridges cultures, generations, and continents with captivating sounds that retrace routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son, West African highlife, and African American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul, zili honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own. The women of this group trace their roots to 5 countries and 3 continents, and have been bridging cultures, generations, and continents for over a decade.

Zili's all age appropriate programs include high-energy interactive performances, workshops, lecture/demonstrations, parties, weddings, and private events. When performing as a full ensemble, Zili is a 5-10 piece group; Zili also offers a smaller workshop trio, Kalfou (Crossroads), which focuses on drum and dance through sibling cultures in the African Diaspora.

Additional Links: 
video clip of our arrangement of "Nou Rive"; video provided by Marc Anthony
Here are samples from our 2nd CD, Zee'lee Mee'seek
Here are samples old, and new, including tracks from our latest CD, "Cross Roads"
Here is Zili Misik in action at ZUMIX -- one of the organizations that annually supports us with a spot in our of their concert series.
One of Zili's original songs, "Praia," takes us through the waters that unite the continents. This version was performed in Oct 2011 and Berklee College of Music's Showcase at Brighton Music Hall, MA

I Have Worked With

  • September 2017

    Zili has worked with Cambridge Community Television (Cambridge, MA) since 2007, performing at community events, fundraisers, appearing on CCTV programs such as Bandwidth, and performing annually at the CCTV BBQ. In 2017, Zili performed two sets at CCTV's Backlot BBQ, an annual fundraiser that supports the station's Youth in Media Program.

    Date: 9/14/2017
    Email: susan@cctvcambridge.org

  • August 2017

    Zili, as an electric/acoustic fusion, "Zili-fy," performed on the Volksplatz Stage, as part of the 14-day music festival in Bethlehem, PA.

    Date: 8/5/17

    Contact: Helen Smith, programming@artsquest.org

  • August 2017

    Zili performed as part of the Jazz in the Sculpture Garden Series at the National Museum in Washington, D.C.

     

    Date: 8/11/17

     Contact: Bruno Nasta

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Kera
Job Title/Position: 
Band Leader
Physical Address: 
222 Putnam Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
Last Name: 
Washington
Phone: 
617-821-6577

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Traditional
Literature - Spoken Word
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Jazz
Music - Rap / Hip-Hop
Year Founded: 
2000
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Creole
Portuguese
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
75
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Zili Misik has won a Boston Music Award for Outstanding International Music. Zili was proclaimed Boston's Best World Music 2008 & 2009. Zili received a Commendation from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2010.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Available upon request.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,500
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
7
Maximum Number of Performers: 
10

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults