The Nile Project

THE NILE PROJECT, one of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in history, brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries, representing more than 400 million people, to make new music that combines the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on earth.

Using music to spark cultural curiosity, the Nile Project encourages audiences to connect to the world's longest river and to explore new approaches to its large-scale social, cultural and environmental problems. The Collective's collaborative model is a blueprint for a new way Nile Citizens can organize themselves to cooperate to make the Nile more sustainable. The project aims to inspire, educate and empower people worldwide to become Nile Citizens.

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Music and dance workshop

Learn two distinct African music and dance styles. Mallet, hand drum, vocalists, jazz instrumentalists and dancers are welcome to participate. All are welcome to observe. BYO instruments.

Wednesday, April 5. Wright Auditorium, 5:00 pm. Free.

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Zar: Indigenous African Religion Empowers Women?

In this panel discussion, East Carolina University professors discuss the trance ritual Zar and the role of women given the interaction between Islam, Christianity and indigenous religions. Hosted by Dr. Mary Nyangweso, the J. Woolard and Helen Peel Distinguished Professor; with Drs. Mona Russell and Kenneth Wilburn, Department of History; Dr. Susan Pearce, Department of Sociology; and Dr. Mulatu Wubneh, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment.

Wednesday, April 5. Fletcher Music Center B136, 6:00 pm. Free.


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Zar: Female traditions along the Nile

Zar, a female-centric trance ritual, involves music and dance. Supported by a bowl-lyre (tanbura), a belt of goat hooves (mangour) and a variety of percussion instruments, the female ritual master (podia) leads her ensemble in a suite of call-and-response songs to induce a trance state that helps exorcise a malevolent spirit from a possessed person. Learn a variety of songs and rhythms. 

Wednesday, April 5. Wright Auditorium, 8:00 pm. Free.


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The Nile and African Identify
Ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and bandmates, with ECU professor Mary Nyangweso, consider what it means to be a citizen of the Nile. 

Thursday, April 6. Mendenhall Great Rooms, 10:00 am. Free.


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Water Resources of the Nile Basin and North Carolina's Tar-Roanoke Rivers
Three experts compare and contrast regional water issues with those of the Nile. The panel discussion features Dr. Stanley Riggs, Distinguished Professor of Geology and Dr. Alex K. Manda, Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Institute for Coastal Science Policy, with Nile Project CEO Mina Girgis.

Thursday, April 6. Mendenhall Great Rooms, 11:00 am. Free.


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Think Globally, Act Locally
Environmental advocates discuss issues facing eastern North Carolina and how citizens take an active role in sustainability. The panel includes Molly McKinley, Public Action Organizer with the North Carolina Conservation Network; Heather Jacobs Deck, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper and Deputy Director of Sound Rivers, Inc.; and Chad Carwein, ECU University Sustainability Manager. BYO lunch.

Thursday, April 6. Mendenhall Great Rooms, 12:00 pm. Free.


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River Stories
Explore the diverse ways our rivers create meaning in our Nile and local cultures. Nile Project CEO Mina Girgis and celebrated author David Cecelski share a conversation.

Thursday, April 6. Mendenhall Great Rooms, 1:00 pm. Free.


Mina Girgis, CEO of the Nile Project
Music, citizen engagement and water resource management
A Voyages of Discovery premiere presentation. Human life depends on the availability and quality of our water. Yet two thirds of the world's citizens may face water stressed conditions by 2025. How can individuals become more involved in the management of this precious and limited resource? 

Thursday, April 6. Wright Auditorium, 7:00 pm. Buy tickets.
ECU students receive complimentary tickets at the Central Ticket Office with a valid One card.


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Nile Project Informance
An Arts Smart presentation. Experience music, dance, culture and Nile river basin hydropolitics. This event is intended for students in grades 5-8. 

Friday, April 7. Wright Auditorium, 10:00 am. Learn more. Buy tickets.


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Music and arts entrepreneurship

How do movers in the creative class transform vision and inspiration into a sustainable livelihood? How can individuals launch successfully into a changing arts landscape? Join the discussion.


Friday, April 7. Fletcher Music Center B136, 11:00 am. Free.

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The Nile Project in concert
Experience a concert of epic proportions. The Nile Project supports their latest album, Jinja. Musicians from the 11 nations bordering the Nile share their traditions and passion. A question and answer session follows.

Friday, April 7. Wright Auditorium, 8:00 pm, Buy tickets.
ECU students receive complimentary tickets at the Central Ticket Office with a valid One card.


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World music jam
An unstructured performance hosted by the Lucille Gorham Inter-Generational Center. Kicking off IGCC Day, Nile Project musicians prove that anything is possible on stage. 

Saturday, April 8. 1100 West Fifth Street, Greenville, 10:00 am. Free.


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ECU presents gifts to the Nile musicians
A celebration of research and creative activity inspired an informed by the Nile Project residency. By invitation.


 This residency is supported by Student Involvement and Leadership, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, Arts Smart, the N.C. Arts Council (a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources) and South Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY).

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