Following a two-week music residency in Aswan, which brings together an ensemble of Nile basin musicians to compose and record new music, the Nile Project presents its world premier with a free concert in Cairo on Thursday 31 January, 2013 at the
Listen to Endriss play Masinko for Nile Project in Addis Ababa:
Audiences of all ages are welcome to attend the concert for free.
“The Nile Project has been in the making for nearly two years and we are thrilled to be bringing such an exciting line up of stories, songs and musicians to audiences in Egypt. We hope these concerts showcase the fresh encounters among our musicians,” said Mina Girgis, founder and executive director.
During the residency (15-29 January at Fekra Cultural Center in Aswan), musicians from countries that share the Nile collaborated to create a new body of songs, drawn from the rich and diverse genres, traditions and instruments found throughout the Nile basin. Under the musical direction of Miles Jay, the music residency provided a space for the musicians to learn about one another and compose and record new music to be performed in Africa and around the world.
The Nile Project was founded in August 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero to address the Nile basin’s cultural and environmental challenges using an innovative approach that combines music, education and an enterprise platform. The world’s longest river runs through 11 countries (Congo DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt) and touches the lives of 400 million people. The Project’s mission is to inspire, educate, and empower Nile citizens to work together towards fostering the sustainability of the river’s ecosystem, and engage them in a cultural dialogue that evokes Africa’s iconic river as a shared ecosystem.
For more information please visit the website for the Nile Project.
The musicians that took part in the residency and concerts are:
Ahmed Said Abuamna
Dina El Wedidi
Meklit Hadero (residency and Aswan concert only)
Mohamed Fouda (residency and Cairo concert only)
Mohsen El Ashry
Endris Hassen (residency only)