One of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in history, the Nile Project concert brings together musicians from the 11 Nile basin countries, representing over 400 million people, to make music that combines the rich diversity of its ancient cultures and peoples.
Using music to spark cultural curiosity, the Nile Project engages musicians and audiences, challenging them to connect to the world’s longest river and explore new approaches to its social, cultural, and environmental problems.
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The Nile Project Collective brings together artists that combine the rich diversity of the oldest places on Earth. Resonant harps and lyres from up and down the river—from its sources beyond Lake Victoria to its delta in Egypt—have learned new musical modes, while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in ten languages. Instruments that parted ways millennia before are reunited and pushed to new places. Love songs have crossed geographic and linguistic barriers to forge close friendships.
Using music to spark cultural curiosity, the Nile Project engages musicians and audiences, challenging them to connect to the world’s longest river and explore new approaches to its social, cultural, and environmental problems. The Collective’s collaborative model is a blueprint for a new way Nile Citizens can organize themselves to cooperate to make the Nile more sustainable. In an evolving series of interlocking programs, that spring from the concert experience, the project aims to inspire, educate and empower young people worldwide to become Nile Citizens.
Outreach programming provides university students with unique intellectual experiences, deepening their understanding of the Nile ecosystem, and stimulating innovative ways of thinking, communicating, and acting.
2015 US Tour: On January 9th 2015, 12 musicians from seven Nile Basin countries arrived in New York, for the beginning of an historic US tour. Never before had such a diverse group of East African musicians come to the US to engage university students and audiences through performance and workshops surrounding issues of sustainability in the Nile Basin and beyond. It was an ambitious undertaking. In four months, the Nile Project travelled over 20,000 miles, across 20 states, visiting 25 universities, with stops at the Lincoln Center and the United Nations. The Collective engaged over 30,000 people, working with a diverse array of partners, including student and community leaders, entrepreneurs, professors, Deans, scientists, lawyers, and everyday people—the change-makers of tomorrow. Over 120 workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and panel discussions included topics such as civic engagement, resource management, gender and African identity in the region, the role of musicians in social movements, and leadership solutions. Through music workshops, master classes, and over 60 concerts, the tour demonstrated that the musical process is a blueprint for a new way to advocate for the Nile River and water sustainability worldwide.