All-female group who captures the essence of the roots of African music through acoustic and electronic fusion
Zili, founded in 2000, has been bridging cultures, generations, and continents for 19 years. All female, Zili performs an acoustic & electronic fusion of roots music of the African diaspora. 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: New World Soul.
Zili's name comes from Haitian spiritual entity, "Ezili," who is envisaged as mother, lover, and warrior, and is sibling of many Afri-Atlantic spiritual entities. Zili's songs are sensual, political, self-reflective, positive, and invoke love. Zili's lyrics glide seamlessly from English to Kreyol to Kriolu to Portuguese to Spanish, spinning tales and visions of lives lived and yet to be.
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