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. The North Carolina Arts Council helped fund the events.

A cross-cultural collaboration, the Nile Project features artists who develop new songs drawn from the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on earth, home to more than 450 million people. Instruments from the Nile’s sources in East Africa and Ethiopia to the deltas in Sudan and Egypt come together creating new musical styles, supporting vocals in more than ten languages.

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 University, N.C. State LIVE (in partnership with the N.C. 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 UNC-Wilmington 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.” The first U.S. tour was in 2015.

North Carolinians will have the chance to experience the extraordinary music of the Nile Project at the following dates and locations:

Monday, March 13

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

McGee Theatre, Bardo Arts Center


Related Events

Monday, March 13:

Music, Citizen Engagement, & Water Resource Management Panel Discussion
Moderated by Bardo Arts Center Executive Director Denise Drury 4 p.m., Room 130 Bardo Arts Center

Tuesday, March 14:

Matinee Performance for Local Schools

10 to 11 a.m., Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall

A matinee performance of the Nile Project is available for students as young as 5th grade. Schools interested in this educational performance opportunity can contact: 828-227-2479.

Wednesday, March 15 to Tuesday, March 21

N.C. State University, Raleigh

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

Related activities:

N.C. State University will present more than 10 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. Here is a highlight of a few activities:

Thursday, March 16

Dinners With Purpose Featuring Mina Girgis, RSVP required

Sunday, March 19

Creek Connections: Exploring the Common Themes of Community, Environment and Social Equity of Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Watershed and Africa’s Nile River Basin, free

Film Screening: The Eritrean Exodus, free

Monday, March 20

Musical Collaboration & Water Cooperation

Uganda Night with James Isabirye and Nicholas Ssempijje: Music and Cultural Sustainability in Uganda

Tuesday, March 21,

NileFEST, free

Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24 

Panoramic Dance Project Concert, ticketed

Sunday, April 22

Raleigh Civic Symphony: A River Runs Through It, ticketed

For details about all the special programming at NC State visit: https://live.arts.ncsu.edu/the-nile-project-at-nc-state-live/

Saturday, March 25

UNC Wilmington, Kenan Auditorium

Related Events: Community related activities are diverse and many are free.

Friday, March 24 

Life Along the Cape Fear, free

Sunday, March 26

The Nile Project Community Day at Cameron Art Museum, free

Monday, March 27

Musical Collaboration and Water Cooperation Lecture & Demonstration, free
Music, Citizen Engagement and Water Resources Management Panel Discussion, free

Tuesday, March 28

Zar: A Female Perspective Lecture Demonstration, free

Wednesday, March 29

Sunset River Tour with The Nile Musicians and Wilmington Water Tours

For details about all related activities visit http://uncw.edu/presents/nile_project.html

Friday, March 31

Wingate University, Wingate

Batte Center at Wingate

Tuesday, April 4

Appalachian State University, Boone

The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, April 7

East Carolina University, Greenville

S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, Wright Auditorium


Related activities:

East Carolina University will present a variety of dance, music, and business workshops, as well as a school performance, a flagship lecture and an unstructured performance supporting a community celebration. Visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/SRAPAS.cfm/ for details.

The Nile Project in North Carolina is made possible by grants from the N.C. State University Sustainability Fund; the N.C. State University Foundation; the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and 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.

Get a sneak peek of the cross-cultural collaboration in these videos below:

Watch a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJQf1vtxH58

Concert video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZgOz93FvCg

To learn more about the Nile Project visit: http://nileproject.org/