How can music and science work together for transboundary cooperation?

The Nile Project visits IHE

  • 21 Jun 2017
  • 12:45 - 13:30
  • Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft
Western Europe
IHE Delft, Room B.1

Join the presentation by Mina Girgis, the project producer and CEO of the Nile Project, to discuss how music can be a tool to engage with universities to inspire, educate and empower Nile citizens to collaborate on developing innovative solutions to the challenges facing the longest river in the world. The Nile projects Fellows and Clubs are active in several Universities in the Nile basin countries. The seminar will offer the opportunity to learn more about their work and to think about potential collaboration with IHE research and capacity development projects.

The Nile Project is a collective of artists from the 11 Nile countries that pioneers a new approach to transform transboundary water conflicts by using music to ignite cross-cultural empathy and spark environmental curiosity.

From its debut concert, captured live on the 2013 release entitled ASWAN, it was clear that the Nile Project was something completely new. National Public Radio named the recording one of five “Must-Hear International Albums.” Afropop Worldwide referred to the 2017 album JINJA as “the most successful musical release from this part of Africa to hit the international market in many years.” Through tours in Africa, Europe, the US and UAE, almost all major media outlets agree that the Nile Project is much more than just a band. The New York Times calls the Nile Project “a committed, euphoric international coalition.” 

One of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in musical history, the Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries, representing over 450 million people, to compose new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth. Kindred harps and resonant lyrics from the river’s sources in East Africa and Ethiopia to its deltas in Sudan and Egypt have reunited to learn new musical modes while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in more than ten languages. 



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