Zili Misik brings West Africa and Haiti to the Ogle Center at IU Southeast

22nd October 2010


NEW ALBANY, IN (Oct. 22, 2010) – Zili Misik is bringing their African, Caribbean, and American soul sound to the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at Indiana University Southeast.

The all-female music ensemble uses captivating sounds to evoke the African continent, retracing routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song.  

Together for more than 10 years, they have brought Haitian, Brazilian, and West African rhythms to the Boston music scene and travel the world performing original and traditional folksongs. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, jazz, roots reggae, samba, Afro-Cuban son, and neo soul, Zili Misik honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own. 

The group recently returned from a Haitian tour and fundraiser, Project Misik, and has has opened for Shaggy, Zap Mama, Les Nubians, and Boukman Eksperyans. They have performed with State Radio, Emeline Michel, Queen Ifrica, and Queen Omega, and were winners of a Boston Music Award for Outstanding International Music Act in 2008.

Founder and multi-instrumentalist Kera M. Washington composes and arranges most of the songs for the group. Keyboardist Kana Dehara, guitarist Lexi Havlin, saxophonist Joy Roster, trombonist Stephanie Baird, bassist Joanna Maria, and drummer Jobeth Umali activate Zili’s musical fusions. 

Zili Misik will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at the Ogle Center as part of the Global Village Series. Tickets are $22.50 or $10 for students and educators. For more information and tickets, call the Ogle Center box office at (812) 941-2525.

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