Mina Girgis, The Nile Project

Nile_project_pictureOur Flow Fund partner, Youth for Environmental Sanity, brought us Mina’s project, The Nile Project.

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.

The Nile Project is an attempt at bringing people together across national and cultural boundaries to collectively address a common environmental challenge.  Mina and the Nile Project seeks to both to host and to nurture difficult conversations about the use of the Nile River (conversations that have thus far caused arguments between diplomats and scientists) and expand participation in those conversations to include more people, musicians especially, from the diverse communities that are connected to the river.

Using musical collaboration as a theme around which to generate these conversations, it promises to, on the one hand, promote in a more intimate, compassionate, inclusive and creative engagement with Nile-related issues and, on the other hand, to nurture the diverse but interconnected musical traditions of the Nile basin region. In that sense, the Nile Project promises to engage a critical environmental issue, build community across a region and to celebrate music.