The Nile Project

Posted on January 27th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Having dedicated so much time and effort to our Music and Social Change special issue, we’ve been paying particular attention to interesting¬†music projects that aim to do more than just create good music.

One such project recently brought to our attention is the Nile Project, created by Ethiopian-American singer and TED Senior Fellow Meklit Hadero and Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis.

The project aims to connect the various people of the Nile, sharing music and culture.¬†According to their Kickstarter campaign, ‘loosely based on the Silk Road Project, the Nile Project is a multicultural musical platform that will bring together hip-hop and traditional musicians living in the Nile countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt) to play and record music, to tour down the river and its source lakes on a boat made of recycled water bottles, and to share an experience that will connect the peoples of the river.

At the moment the project is looking for supporters of their Kickstarter campaign, which ends next week. The money they raise will cover their scouting trip to connect with musicians and eventually create the Nile Project All Stars. If they raise more than the $10,000, they will create a residency for the Nile Project musicians, to record and distribute the CD and tour around the world.

Check out their Kickstarter campaign here and watch the video below to hear more from Meklit and Mina.



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