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Common Fence Music to Present a Caribbean Carnival Celebration

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Common Fence Music is celebrating Carnival with a drumming workshop and performance featuring Boston-based ensemble Zili Misik.

The workshop and performance takes place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. The workshop will take place from 3-4:30pm, while the concert will start at 8pm. Both events will be held at CFP Arts, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI.

Workshop tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and CFM members. Concert tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door, $23 for CFM members, and $15 for students.

College and university students must show valid student ID at the door for both events if they wish to pay the student rate. All tickets can be purchased online at, and at the door.

Common Fence Music is celebrating Carnival with a very special performance by award-winning ensemble, Zili Misik! Led by internationally-educated percussionist Kera Washington, this all-female music and dance ensemble bridges cultures, generations, and continents with captivating rhythms and songs of the African-diaspora. Reconnecting Haitian music, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son, West African highlife, and African American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul, Zili Misik honors its influences while creating an original sound. Be prepared to get on your feet and move to the rhythms at this fun and festive event!

Keeping with the spirit of the evening, Caribbean-inspired dinner plates and fresh soups will be available for purchase from the CFM kitchen, in addition to our signature selection of baked goods and beverages. For those who wish to carry in their own fare, this show is BYOB and picnic.

To get warmed up for the evening’s festivities, Kera and others from the Zili Misik family will lead an afternoon workshop exploring Haitian and West African cultures, rhythms and songs. Instruments are not required (they will be provided) — but if you have a drum, please bring it!

Kera Washington has been performing and teaching music for over twenty years. Though she has studied with master musicians across the globe, Boston is her base. She is currently on the faculty of the Music Department at Wellesley College where she is Artistic Director of the Yanvalou Drum & Dance Ensemble. She is also a full-time music teacher at the Mather School in Dorchester, MA.

Zili Misik’s workshop and concert will both take place at CFP Arts, Wellness & Community Center, located at 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. Free parking is available adjacent to and across the street from the building. The hall is fully accessible. For more information about Common Fence Music, please visit, or call (401)683-5085.

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