A collaboration with universities across the state will bring music from 11 countries in east Africa, all connected by the Nile River, to North Carolina for a series of musical celebrations.
A cross-cultural collaboration, the Nile Project features artists who collaborate on new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on earth that represent more than 450 million people. The first U.S. tour was in 2015.
The stops of the Nile Project in North Carolina are part of a statewide initiative of the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University, the Batte Center at Wingate, NC State LIVE (in partnership with the NC State Music Department), the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University, the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series at East Carolina University, and UNCW Presents.
The Nile Project was described by The New York Times as “a committed, euphoric international coalition” and NPR named the Nile Project’s debut recording one of five “must hear international albums.”
Kindred harps and resonant stringed instruments from the river’s sources in East Africa and Ethiopia to the deltas in Sudan and Egypt have reunited to learn new musical styles while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in more than ten languages.
North Carolinians will have the chance to experience the extraordinary music of the Nile Project the following dates and locations:
Wednesday, March 15 to 21
NC State, Raleigh
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
Related activities: NC State will present a variety of participatory workshops and presentations that explore cultural, political and environmental issues through a musical lens, including a pre-show discussion with Mina Girgis, co-founder of The Nile Project. (Check the website for details.)
Monday, March 13
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee
McGee Theatre, Bardo Arts Center
Monday, March 13
Music, Citizen Engagement, & Water Resource Management Panel Discussion
4 p.m., Room 130 Bardo Arts Center
A panel discussion will be moderated by Bardo Arts Center Executive Director, Denise Drury Homewood. Panelists include Dr. Lane Perry, Director, WCU Center for Service Learning; Roger Clapp, Exec. Director of the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River; Dr. Robert J. “Trip” Krenz, Assistant Professor, WCU Geosciences and Natural Resources; and Mina Girgis, Founder The Nile Project
Tuesday, March 14
Matinee Performance for Local Schools
10 to 11 a.m., Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall
A matinee performance is available of the Nile Project for students as young as 5th grade. Schools interested in this educational and performance opportunity can contact: (828) 227-2479.
Friday, March 31
Batte Center at Wingate
Tuesday, April 4
Appalachian State University. Boone
The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Boone
Friday, April 7
East Carolina University, Greenville
S. Rudolph Auditorium, Wright Auditorium
The Nile Project in North Carolina is made possible by grants from the NC State University Sustainability Fund; the NC State University Foundation; the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; and is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.C. Arts Council. Also funded by the N.C. Arts Council was a four-day residency and related activities for the public at the University of North Carolina Wilmington last fall.
Get a sneak peek of the cross-cultural collaboration:
To learn more about the Nile Project visit: nileproject.org