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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).