Artist photo credit:ŠAnh Dao Kolbe
"From its visual aesthetic (members often match in elegant white linen), to its pan-global palette to its rallying cry for social justice, the band offers a feast for the senses."
- Boston Globe
Featuring: Kera Washington, percussion, voice
Kana Dehara: keyboard, voice
Lexi Havlin: guitar, voice
Tina Jacas, flute, voice
Stephanie Baird: trombone, voice
Joanna Maria: bass
JoBeth Umali: drums, voice
Zili Misik has been bridging cultures, generations, and continents for twelve years. With captivating sounds that evoke the African continent, Zili retraces routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song. Powerful Haitian, Brazilian and West African rhythms infuse Zili's original creations and traditional folksongs. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son, and African American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul, Zili Misik honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own.
All female, 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 invoke love. Zili's lyrics glide seamlessly from English to Kreyol to Portuguese to Spanish, spinning tales and visions of lives lived and yet to be.