The Connecticut premiere of The Nile Project features a dozen musicians drawn from countries along the Nile Basin–including Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Uganda–performing collaboratively composed songs, intertwining diverse traditions into a unified sound that is “joyous and even raucous” (NPR Music). The vocalists, including Sudanese singer/songwriter Alsarah (Sarah Mohamed Abunama Elgadi ’04) and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero, sing in eleven different languages, connecting pointed melodies with rich modal traditions. Lyrical topics range from the deeply personal to party anthems, exploring themes of identity, regional solidarity, intercultural relationships both between and within their respective homelands, local music scenes, and living in the diaspora.
There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm.
Date: Friday, April 10
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $6 Wesleyan students