Introducing the Nile Project…. || 12.27.2011


Wanna hear hip-hop and traditional musicians from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt collaborate to create a new sound? I do! Introducing the Nile Project…

Loosely based on the Silk Road Project (, and created by myself and Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis, the Nile Project explores the intersection of ecology and culture across much of East Africa.

Help us take the first step with our kickstarter campaign!

We’re bringing together musicians from the Nile cultures to play and record music, to tour down the river and its source lakes on a boat made of recycled water bottles, and to share an experience that will connect us, the peoples of the river.

We realized that though East Africa’s Nile cultures have shared millenia of history, today we do not know very much about each other. Mina and I decided to start this musical project so that the people of the river could get to know their neighbors through a mutual sharing of stories, sound, music, mythology, and culture. In 2013, we’ll also tour Europe and North America.

How has the project gone so far?

After only a few short months, we’re in talks with Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium as our North American presenting partners, and I got the TED Senior Fellowship with the Nile Project as my main fellowship focus. Things are really starting to roll!

We need your help to get to the river!

We are seeking to raise $10,000 right now, which will cover our April 2012 scouting trip where we’ll connect with musicians from the region and choose participants for the Nile Project ensemble. All donations are tax deductible!

What will we do with the money?

At the end of the trip, we will have selected the members of the Nile Project All Stars, conducted approximately 50 video interviews with people living along the river, and collected songs about the river from the various peoples and cultures we meet along the way.

If we raise more than $10,000, we’ll use this money towards a residency for the Nile Project musicians, to build the boats and tour down the Nile, to record and distribute the Nile Project CD, and to tour the Nile Project around the world. We thank you so much for your participation in making this happen.

Onwards to the river!