Art Alert: Musicians play for Nile sustainability in Aswan, Cairo

Ahram Online, Wednesday 23 Jan 2013

After gathering key musicians from the Nile Basin for two weeks in Aswan, the Nile Project presents two free concerts in Aswan and Cairo at the end of January

Photo: Karina Al Piaro - Fondation Monde Perdu.

The Nile Project, which launched its activities in January, is to present two concerts in Aswan and Cairo at the end of January to showcase the works and fusions of the two-week residency of musicians from all over the Nile Basin.

The concert in Aswan will take place on Sunday, 27 January in the Cultural Centre, while the Cairo concert will take place on Thursday, 31 January in Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Centre.

The two-week residency is currently held in Fekra Cultural Centre in Aswan by the banks of the Nile gathers musicians to create a new body of songs drawn from the diverse generes, traditions, beats and instruments one can find in the region. The residency, under the musical direction of Miles Jay, renouned world musician, is a space for musicians to learn about one another as well as record new music to be performed around the Nile region and for the world.

The residency brings together Adel Mikha, Ahmed Omar, Ahmed Said Abuamna, Alfred Gamil, Alsarah, Asrat Ayalew, Dina El-Wedidi, Hadi Salia, Hany Bedair, Hazem Shahin, Jorga Mesfin, Lawrence Okello, Meklit Hadero, Mekuanent Melese, Mohamed Fouda, Michael Bazibu, Mohsen El-Ashry, Nyaruach Jal, and Endris Hassen.

“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 of the project, in the press release.

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 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.

Sunday, 27 January at 7pm
Aswan Cultural Centre, Aswan

Thursday, 31 January at 7pm
Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Centre, 5 Tahrir St. besides El Qahira Club, in front of Cairo Opera House, Cairo

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