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.” Fast forward a few years — through tours in Africa, Europe, the US and UAE as well as two new CD releases — and almost all major media outlets agree that the Nile Project is much more than just a band. The New York Times described it as “a committed, euphoric international coalition.” Afropop Worldwide calls it “seductive and beautiful […] nothing short
The Nile Project
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.” Fast forward a few years — through tours in Africa, Europe, the US and UAE as well as two new CD releases — and almost all major media outlets agree that the Nile Project is much more than just a band. The New York Times described it as “a committed, euphoric international coalition.” Afropop Worldwide calls it “seductive and beautiful […] nothing short of revolutionary.”
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 lyres 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.
On the surface, the Nile Project blends traditional musical idioms into one seamless Nile sound. But look a little further and you’ll begin to see a 35-member musicians Collective modeling contemporary organizational concepts such as systems thinking, network theory, and participatory leadership. The Nile Project is pioneering a new approach to transform transboundary water conflicts by using music to ignite cross-cultural empathy and spark environmental curiosity. And its collaborative model offers a blueprint for new ways in which Nile citizens can organize themselves to strengthen the sustainability of their river. In an evolving series of interlocking programs that spring from the concert experience, the project works to inspire, educate and empower Nile citizens to collaborate on developing innovative solutions to the challenges at the root of their water conflict.
2015 US Premiere Tour: On January 9th 2015, 12 musicians from seven Nile Basin countries arrived in New York, for the beginning of an historic US tour. Never before had such a diverse group of East African musicians come to the US to engage university students and audiences through performance and workshops surrounding issues of sustainability in the Nile Basin and beyond. It was an ambitious undertaking. In four months, the Nile Project traveled over 20,000 miles, across 20 states, visiting 25 universities, with stops at the Lincoln Center and the United Nations. The Collective engaged over 30,000 people, working with a diverse array of partners, including student and community leaders, entrepreneurs, professors, Deans, scientists, lawyers, and everyday people—the change-makers of tomorrow. Over 120 workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and panel discussions included topics such as civic engagement, resource management, gender and African identity in the region, the role of musicians in social movements, and leadership solutions. Through music workshops, master classes, and over 60 concerts, the tour demonstrated that the musical process is a blueprint for a new way to advocate for the Nile River and water sustainability worldwide.
Nile Project "Conversations"
"POP" (Preview of 2017 US Tour Artists)
2016 Nile Gathering: Collabortations
2016 Nile Gathering: Intro
2016 Nile Gathering: Musical Speed Dating
Preview of "Jinja", the second release recorded during the 2015 US Tour
"A NEW Music Alliance," feature on The Africa Channel, 2015.
"Musicians Rise Above Conflict," feature on Al Jazeera Media Network, 2015
"Mulungi Munange (My Beautiful Friend)", performed at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 2015
Live on Wo' Pop, KEXP Seattle, 2015
Live on Bassem Youssef, Egypt's top political satire show, 2014
"Aswan" EPK, 2013
"World on 3" studio session on BBC Radio, 2016
Bi Wele Wele by Steven Sogo (©2014)
Garrib Ley by Alsarah (©2014)
Gueragui / Kelmet Watan by Selamnesh & Dina El Wedidi (©2014)
"Inside the Nile Project" on Afro-Pop Worldwide (PRI), 2015
> An Evening w/
> Performance for young audience
> Festival headliner
> Outreach activities available (click Outreach above for more info)
Out of The Nile Project’s deep belief in the creative potential of youth and their ability to be leading change-makers, they have put together the best of minds to design and implement programs to engage and empower Nile youth. The Nile Project believes in Youth’s energy, their fresh perspective and their willingness to change the world and that putting them into action through facilitating their cooperation and collaboration can materialize in the form of innovative ideas and solutions for the region’s challenges, based on deeper understanding and acceptance of one another’s rights and needs.
Residency activities include performances for young audiences, lecture demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops, weekend retreats, and pre- or post-concert Q&As. Click here for a comprehensive list of Residency Activity Offerings (revised Sept. 2016 for the 2017 Tour).
- View residency details from CalPerformances at UC-Berkeley, 2015
- View the Study Guide developed by Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, 2015
- View the article “Collaborating for Maximum Impact: Presenting the Nile Project at Boston University”
2017 Tour Program Notes (rev. 5-April-2017) | PDF | DOC
2017 Tour Press Kit (Activities subject to change) | PDF
2017 Tour Educational Activities | PDF
Reviews/Press | PDF | LINK
2015 Tour Recap | PDF
… Case Study “Collaborating for Maximum Impact: Presenting the Nile Project at Boston University” | LINK
… Residency Outline (by CalPerformances at UC-Berkeley, 2015) | LINK
… Study Guide (by Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, 2015) | PDF
Additional high-res images for the 2017 Tour available here.
> HD VIDEO :
> MP3 AUDIO :
[unreleased] (©2014 Steven Sogo)
> Bi Wele Wele | ZIP
PublicityRock, Paper, Scissors
“Seductive and beautiful music…nothing short of revolutionary…” Read Review
NYTIMES REVIEWS US PREMIERE
The 4-month, US Tour Premiere of The Nile Project kicked-off January 11 2015 in New York City. The East African trans-boundary collective performed at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom for the annual globalFEST. Jon Pareles of The New York Times heralds, "the Nile Project was a committed, euphoric international coalition." Read Review