ADDIS ABABA: The Nile Project crew, which groups a host of musicians and artists from the various countries of the Nile Basin, left here Wednesday, after a successful visit in which they performed three heavily packed live concerts in the Ethiopian theaters.
The visit came as part of a tour which included Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya.
Egypt’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Mohamed Idris and the embassy staff attended all the concerts held by the Nile Project in Addis Ababa.
The Nile Project was founded in August 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero to address the Nile basin’s cultural and environmental challenges using an innovative approach that combines music, education and an enterprise platform.
It aims to create spaces for rich cultural interaction between Nile Basin countries and connect the 11 nations, and 437 million people, who live around the Nile but that often fail at recognizing themselves as a region.
The Nile Project not only utilizes music as a common language, to bridge gaps across diverse cultures that exist around the Nile, but also hosts ‘Nile Workshops’ at universities.
Through music and workshops, the Nile Project sets out to expose audiences to the music of neighboring countries and offer a space of open dialogue around Nile issues.
Due to polarization in these countries caused by tense political relations and conflicting media coverage, especially recently with the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam capturing headlines around the world, the Nile Project attempts to offer an alternative path for dialogue and communication among Nile Basin citizens.