Kera Washington

B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D. Candidate, Tufts University

Kera Washington
Senior Music Performance Faculty in African Diasporic Drumming and Director of Yanvalou

Focused on Yanvalou Drumming and Dance Ensemble, and African Diasporic drumming.


My research interests include applied ethnomusicology and bi-musicality in Caribbean and African Diasporic arts; Haiti; identity and tourism; urban education; bridging the gap between the resources of the academy and the “inner city.”

In addition to directing Yanvalou Drum and Dance Ensemble, I am also a part-time music teacher at the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester. I have developed courses at Northeastern University, MIT, Pine Manor, and Brown University.

I lead and arrange music for my ensemble, Zili Misik, and have been featured on Boston’s Chronicle (Channel 5, 2005) and Urban Update (Channel 7, 1997), and Providence’s Caribbean Review (Channel 13, 2003). Recordings include Cross Roads 2012, Zee'lee Mee'seek 2010, zili roots (independent release, 2003); Songs in American History(Houghton Mifflin, 2000); Greatest American Short Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 2001); and on Patrice Williamson’s Free to Dream


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Department of Music
Jewett Arts Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Tel: 781.283.2077 
Fax: 781.283.3687


Claire Fontijn


Marion Dry
Director of the Music Performance Program


Magdalen Christian
Music Program Coordinator


Isabel Fine
Concert Manager