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A cross-cultural initiative bringing together musicians from the Nile countries to perform along the river and around the world.
A cross-cultural initiative bringing together musicians from the Nile countries to perform along the river and around the world.
189 backers pledged $11,192 to help bring this project to life.

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The Nile Project is a cross-cultural initiative bringing together musicians from the Nile countries to perform along the river and around the world.

Meklit + Mina + the Nile Project (www.nileproject.org) need your help to get to the Nile River. All donations are tax deductible!

New Goal to produce first iteration: $15,000

We are so excited that we have raised our minimum goal of $10,000. To produce the first iteration of our Nile Project, we have raised our goal to $15,000. If we succeed, we should have our first performance ready by June 2012 - and you will be the first to see it through a live video stream. So please help us make some music!

So who are Meklit and Mina?

Meklit is an Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter (www.meklithadero.com), and Mina is an Egyptian ethnomusicologist (www.zambaleta.org).

What are they up to on the Nile?

Together these two created the Nile Project. Loosely based on the Silk Road Project, the Nile Project is a multicultural musical platform that will bring together hip-hop and traditional musicians living in the Nile countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt) 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 the peoples of the river. 

Meklit and Mina realized that though East Africa's Nile cultures have shared millenia of history, today they do not know very much about each other. They 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.

How has the project gone so far?

After only a few short months, Meklit got the TED Senior Fellowship with the Nile Project as her main fellowship focus. We're also currently engaged in conversations with Lincoln Center 's David Rubenstein Atrium, with a view toward the iconic performing arts center potentially serving as our North American presenting partner. 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 Meklit and Mina's 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.

Onwards to the river!

Sincerely,

Meklit and Mina

www.nileproject.org

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    Nile Project Kazoo + Meklit Hadero's On A Day Like This... album download

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    Nile Project album download + all of the above (Nile Project Kazoo + Meklit Hadero's On A Day Like This... album download)

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    Nile Project CD + 3 preview download tracks from Meklit Hadero and Quinn Deveaux's upcoming album + all of the above (Nile Project album download + Nile Project Kazoo + Meklit Hadero's On A Day Like This... album download)

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    Nile Project Documentary DVD + all of the above (Nile Project CD + 3 preview download tracks from Meklit Hadero and Quinn Deveaux's upcoming album + Nile Project album download + Nile Project Kazoo + Meklit Hadero's On A Day Like This... album download)

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    Nile Project Tshirt + all of the above (Nile Project Documentary DVD + Nile Project CD + 3 preview download tracks from Meklit Hadero and Quinn Deveaux's upcoming album + Nile Project album download + Nile Project Kazoo + Meklit Hadero's On A Day Like This... album download)

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    Nile Project Water Bottle + 4 tickets to any Nile Project All Stars performance + all of the above (Nile Project Tshirt + Documentary DVD + CD + album download + 3 preview download tracks from Meklit Hadero and Quinn Deveaux's upcoming album + kazoo + Meklit Hadero's On A Day Like This... album download)

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    Nile Musical Instrument + 2 Backstage passes to any Nile Project All Stars performance + kazoo + CD + DVD + Tshirt + water bottle + Meklit Hadero's On A Day Like This... album download

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    After party with Nile Project All Star musicians while ensemble is on tour + kazoo + CD + DVD + Tshirt + water bottle + Meklit Hadero's On A Day Like This... album download

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    Live with artists through the making of the Nile project music (the residency!) - includes one week of food and board and access to performances, rehearsals and parties. Be a part of the crew + kazoo + CD + DVD + Tshirt + water bottle + Meklit Hadero's On A Day Like This... album download

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    Join our crew and accompany the Nile Project All Stars down the River Tour, includes food and board and access to performances, rehearsals, and after parties and you get the kazoo, the Nile Project CD and DVD, the Tshirt and the water bottle.

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    Free VIP pass to all Nile Project programs and productions including Residency, River Tour, rehearsals, performances, CD, DVD, TED-X Nile + kazoo, CD, DVD, Tshirt, water bottle

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