World Music/CRASHarts presents The Nile Project on Saturday, April 15, 8pm at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $35, reserved seating. For tickets and information call World Music/CRASHarts at (617) 876-4275 or buy online at www.WorldMusic.org.
Much more than just a band, The Nile Project is a tight cross-cultural collaboration that brings together artists from 11 countries along the Nile basin to create a unified new sound. Lilting melodies and deep grooves from Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and beyond support vocals sung in more than 10 languages. Using music to spark cultural curiosity, The Nile Project engages musicians and audiences, encouraging them to feel connected to the world's longest river. The band is touring in support of their long-awaited second album, Jinja, which was released in January 2017.
The forward-thinking musicians of the Nile Project channel the unsung beauty of East African traditions, aiming to inspire cultural curiosity, highlight regional connections, and showcase the potential of trans-boundary cooperation through the concert experience. From its debut concert, captured live on the 2013 release Aswan, The Nile Project has garnered international recognition and critical acclaim. NPR named the recording one of five "Must Hear International Albums" and Afropop Worldwide describes the group as "seductive and beautiful [...] nothing short of revolutionary." The Nile Project uses its international success to help promote sustainability initiatives for the Nile River. By creating award-winning music within a participatory leadership framework, the project provides a blueprint for new ways in which Nile citizens can organize themselves to generate creative and mutually-beneficial solutions to their shared hydro-political challenges.
Featuring an impressive array of instruments including African harps and lyres like the adungu, entongoli, and oud, drums like the djembe and ohangla, kawala flutes, and a saxophone for good measure, The Nile Project's second album, Jinja, captures musical collaborations among artists sharing diverse relationships to the Nile River. The album consists of original compositions born during the group's second annual Musicians Gathering in Jinja, Uganda. Without skipping a beat, the group is already working on their third album, Tana, which is expected to be released in June.
ORGANIZER(S): World Music/CRASHarts
EVENT WEBSITE: http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/5266/the-nile-project
EVENT CONTACT: Jennifer Fortin, Phone: (617) 876-4275, firstname.lastname@example.org