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On April 5-8, ECU will host the four-day Nile Project residency – the last stop on a spring tour of six college campuses across North Carolina. Musicians from 11 Nile countries are helping bring awareness of the ancient river basin’s history, politics, culture and environment. (Contributed photo by Habi Girgis)
April 5, 2017
By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services
East Carolina University dance students will deliver a culminating performance designed to inspire unity as part of the international Nile Project on Saturday.
Starting Wednesday, ECU will host the four-day Nile Project residency - the last stop on a spring tour of six college campuses across North Carolina.
East Carolina University will host The Nile Project April 5-8.
Acclaimed musicians from 11 Nile countries will inspire, educate, and empower audiences to collectively work toward the sustainability of shared ecosystems. "The project uses music as the lubricant to discuss sustainability and hydropolitics in a non-confrontational manner," said CEO and ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis.
Free ECU student tickets are available in advance at Mendenhall's Central Ticket Office for the Voyages of Discovery "Music, Citizen Engagement and Water Resources" lecture by Girgis on Thursday and the Nile Project concert on Friday. Both events will be held in Wright Auditorium.
Learn more, watch videos or buy tickets at
Here is a list of Nile Project events at ECU:
Music & dance workshop
Learn two distinct African music and dance styles. Bring your own instruments. Participation encouraged. Observers welcome. Workshop, April 5, 5 p.m., free, Wright Auditorium.
Zar: Indigenous African Religion Empowers Women?
Learn about the trance ritual Zar and the role of women vis-a-vis the interaction between Islam, Christianity and indigenous religions. Panel, April 5, 6 p.m. free, Fletcher Music Center.
Zar: Female traditions along the Nile
Learn a variety of Zar songs and rhythms. Workshop, April 5, 8 p.m., free, Wright Auditorium.
The Nile & African Identity
What does it mean to be a citizen of the Nile? Panel, April 6, 10 a.m., free, Mendenhall Student Center
Water Resources: Nile Basin & North Carolina's Tar-Roanoke Rivers
Experts compare and contrast water issues. Panel, April 6, 11 a.m., free, Mendenhall Student Center
Think Globally, Act Locally
Take an active role in supporting sustainability. Panel, April 6, noon, free, Mendenhall Student Center
Explore the diverse ways our rivers create meaning in our cultures, with Nile Project and local experts. Panel, April 6, 1 p.m., free, Mendenhall Student Center
Music, citizen engagement & water resource management
Nile Project CEO Mina Girgis offers a Voyages of Discovery lecture. April 6, 7 p.m., $10 public, students free, Wright Auditorium
The Nile Project Informance
Middle school students experience the music, dance, history and hydropolitics surrounding the Nile River basin. Informance, April 7, 10 a.m., ticketed at $6
Music & arts entrepreneurship
How does the creative class transform vision and inspiration into a sustainable livelihood? Discussion, April 7, 11 a.m., free, Fletcher Music Center
The Nile Project in concert
An epic concert, followed by a question and answer session
Concert, April 7, 8 p.m., $25 public, students free, Wright Auditorium
World music jam
Nile Project musicians celebrate IGCC Day. Jam, April 8, 10 a.m.,
free, held at the Lucille Gorham Inter-Generational Center on 5th St.
A video overview of the project (previous tour):
A TEDx Talk from one of the project's founders:
For more information, email
ECU dance students rehearse piece to be performed Saturday during a celebration of research and creative activity as a parting gift to the visiting musicians. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)