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The Nile Project at Middlebury College

The Nile Project at Middlebury College

nileproject Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero are joined by musicians who live along the world’s longest river for a boundary-crossing evening of new music. The Nile Project, inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, hopes to spread the musical traditions of the 11 countries touching the Nile, using music to raise awareness for the area’s environmental and cultural  challenges. The group’s first recording, Aswan, was named one of NPR’s Top Five  Must-Hear International Albums of 2013.

The Nile Project at Middlebury will consist of context-setting events in February and March 2015, and culminate in a residency and performance with by the artists in the first week of April.

Related Links

The Nile Project (official website)>>

Performing Arts Series event page>>

VIDEO: Aswan, a new album by the Nile Project>>

BBC Radio 3 follows The Nile Project in Aswan

NPR: 5 Must-hear International Albums (Aswan included)

The Nile Project on Facebook

The Nile Project on SoundCloud

Video


2012 Nile Project talk for TED Global featuring Meklit Hadero

Downloads

Water, Conflict, and Cooperation:
Lessons From the Nile River Basin 

The Nile Project – 2015

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Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, with additional support from the Arts Council, Mahaney Center for the Arts, and the Department of Music. NileProjectWeb
During my study abroad experience with SIT’s Development and Social Change program in Cameroon, I spent six weeks in Ngaoundéré, a large town in the country’s Muslim North. Using surveys, interviews, and secondary materials I examined the relationship between the national secular legal system and traditional Islamic Fulbe law. My goal was to explore the balance between the two systems and identify areas of tension.

People

Eleanor Johnstone
Researcher

Michael Sheridan
Associate Professor of Anthropology & Sponsor

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