Cross-Cultural Musical Collaborations, the Nile Project, Stops in NC

A collaboration with universities across the state will bring music from 11 countries in east Africa, all connected by the Nile River, to North Carolina for a series of musical celebrations.

A cross-cultural collaboration, the Nile Project features artists who collaborate on new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on earth that represent more than 450 million people. The first U.S. tour was in 2015.

The stops of the Nile Project in North Carolina are part of a statewide initiative of the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University, the Batte Center at Wingate, NC State LIVE (in partnership with the NC State Music Department), the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University, the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series at East Carolina University, and UNCW Presents.

The Nile Project was described by The New York Times as “a committed, euphoric international coalition” and NPR named the Nile Project’s debut recording one of five “must hear international albums.”

Kindred harps and resonant stringed instruments from the river’s sources in East Africa and Ethiopia to the deltas in Sudan and Egypt have reunited to learn new musical styles while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in more than ten languages.

North Carolinians will have the chance to experience the extraordinary music of the Nile Project the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, March 15 to 21
NC State, Raleigh  
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

Related activities: NC State will present a variety of participatory workshops and presentations that explore cultural, political and environmental issues through a musical lens, including a pre-show discussion with Mina Girgis, co-founder of The Nile Project. (Check the website for details.)

Monday, March 13
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee
McGee Theatre, Bardo Arts Center

Related Events

Monday, March 13
Music, Citizen Engagement, & Water Resource Management Panel Discussion
4 p.m., Room 130 Bardo Arts Center

A panel discussion will be moderated by Bardo Arts Center Executive Director, Denise Drury Homewood. Panelists include Dr. Lane Perry, Director, WCU Center for Service Learning; Roger Clapp, Exec. Director of the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River; Dr. Robert J. “Trip” Krenz, Assistant Professor, WCU Geosciences and Natural Resources; and Mina Girgis, Founder The Nile Project

Tuesday, March 14
Matinee Performance for Local Schools
10 to 11 a.m., Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall

A matinee performance is available of the Nile Project for students as young as 5th grade. Schools interested in this educational and performance opportunity can contact: (828) 227-2479.

Friday, March 31
Wingate College
Batte Center at Wingate

Tuesday, April 4
Appalachian State University. Boone
The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Boone

Friday, April 7
East Carolina University, Greenville
S. Rudolph Auditorium, Wright Auditorium

The Nile Project in North Carolina is made possible by grants from the NC State University Sustainability Fund; the NC State University Foundation; the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; and is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.C. Arts Council. Also funded by the N.C. Arts Council was a four-day residency and related activities for the public at the University of North Carolina Wilmington last fall.

Get a sneak peek of the cross-cultural collaboration in this videos below:

To learn more about the Nile Project visit:

About The North Carolina Arts Council

North Carolina has long been recognized for rich traditions in crafts, literature, historical drama, and music. Since 1964, the N.C. Arts Council has worked to strengthen North Carolina’s creativity, invention, and prosperity through its four core functions: creating a strong and efficient arts infrastructure across North Carolina; planning and implementing economic development initiatives; educating our young people; and researching the impact of the arts on our state.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit