Zili Misik brings rhythm and song to The Pullo Center March 5

Penn State York’s Cultural and Performing Artists Series continues on March 5 when Zili Misik (Zili) takes to the stage with live music at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) at 7 p.m. An all female group, Zili has been bringing their distinct sound bridging cultures, generations and continents for seven years. This is a free concert and no tickets are needed.

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 folk songs. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban son, as well as African-American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul, Zili honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own.

The group takes its name from Haitian spiritual entity, "Ezili," who is envisaged as mother, lover and warrior. Zili's songs are sensual, political, self-reflective and positive and invoke love. Zili's lyrics glide seamlessly from English to Kreyòl to Portuguese to Spanish, spinning tales and visions of lives lived and yet to be.

To learn more about Zili, visit www.zilimisik.com.

The cultural and performing artists series is sponsored by Penn State York and the York Newspaper Company, with additional support from the Penn State York Student Government Association and the Student Activity Fee. For information about free and ticketed performances at The Pullo Center, please call (717) 505-8900 or visit www.pullocenter.psu.edu.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010