Afro-Caribbean soul band Zili Misik is coming to Tamworth!

ZIliPressPhoto2013.webArts Council of Tamworth, in partnership with the K. A. Brett School, is excited to present Zili Misik, the seven-woman Afro-Caribbean soul band the Boston Globe calls “one of the hottest bands in Boston,” live at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 20, 2013. Zili Misik has been bridging cultures, generations and continents for 12 years. 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.

The band is as diverse as the music it plays. Band members hail from all over the US, as well as from Trinidad and Japan. Widely traveled, they bring a breadth and depth of multicultural experience to their music, and they all sing! Zili’s lyrics glide seamlessly from English to Kreyol to Portuguese to Spanish, spinning tales and visions of lives lived and yet to be. Zili Misik has won a Boston Music Award for Outstanding International Music and was named the Boston Phoenix and WFNX’s Best World Music Band for two years in a row. Zili Misik has appeared on NPR and the BBC, performed at the inauguration of Boston’s Mayor Menino and at NYC’s Lincoln Center, and has opened for bands as disparate as Lauryn Hill, Shaggy, Les Nubians and Zap Mama.

Tickets for the Friday evening performance are on sale now . Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30+ for adults, $0 to $5+ for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support ACT’s Art Connects Us artist residencies in school and community.

keraThe public is invited to the Tamworth Lyceum in Tamworth on Thursday evening, September 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM for “Songs of Freedom,” a workshop with ethnomusicologist and Zili Misik bandleader Kera Washington. Learn about “Ibo”, the Haitian dance/rhythm/song of freedom, and more. For all ages and abilities. Bring percussion or other instruments to join in, or come to sing, dance, clap or listen in. Workshop is free; donations welcome.  Participants in the Thursday/Friday residency at Brett and the evening workshop will have a chance to share what they’ve learned at the Friday evening concert.

On Friday, September 20 at 2:00 PM, at the Brett School in Tamworth, Zili Misik will offer a free mini-concert & Q&A. Homeschoolers, students from other schools, and the public are welcome: if you plan to bring a large group, please let the school know in advance, 323-7271. Homeschoolers interested in participating in the two-day residency can call 603-323-0104 for schedule information.NEFA_black_CMYK_large

The Zili Misik residency is sponsored by The Other Store and Tamworth Lumber, home of the Local Music page, and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, the Tamworth PTA, the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM.

Listen to Kera Washington and Joanna Maria speak about Zili Misik and Haiti on WBUR's Here and Now.

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