Please don’t stop the music, Egyptian artists perform to save the Nile Basin

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Some use music to bridge cultures together, while others tune in the melodies for celebrating their festivities. However, in Egypt this season music festival kicks off to preserve the River Nile.

The Nile Project features two music concerts in Aswan and Cairo at the end of January to exhibit the fusion work performances of the two-week residency of musicians from all over the Nile Basin, Ahram Online news reported on Wednesday.

The two-week realm of the musicians and artists in Fekra Cultural Centre in Aswan by the silent river Nile lets the artists to compose new songs and fresh rhythmic beats bouncing from the sundry genres, traditions, and instruments found in the region.

Under the musical direction of Miles Jay, a prominent world musician, the residency is a platform for musicians to explore about the region's culture as well as record new music to be performed around the Nile and on the global scale.

The two-week long placement of artists includes Adel Mikha, Ahmed Omar and Ahmed Said Abuamna amongst other performers.

“The Nile Project has been in the making for nearly two years and we are thrilled to be bringing such an exciting line up of stories, songs and musicians to audiences in Egypt. We hope these concerts showcase the fresh encounters among our musicians,” said Mina Girgis, founder and executive director of the project, in the press release reported by Egypt’s daily newspaper.

Founded in 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero, The Nile Project aims to address the Nile Basin’s eroding culture and environmental challenges.

With an innovative approach to the Nile initiative, which integrates music, education, and an enterprise platform, the Project’s mission is to instigate, raise awareness, and empower Nile citizens to co-operate in fostering the sustainability of the river’s ecosystem, and to engage public in cultural discourses that conjures Africa’s river as a common ecosystem.

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