The Nile River starts south of the Equator and flows northwards for 6,853 kilometers (over 4,200 miles) to drain in the Mediterranean Sea. Founded in 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero, the Nile Project is a collective of 27 musicians from 7 of the 11 countries in the Nile basin, a region that has been marred by political and ecological conflicts over water resources along the Nile River. Through music and educational programs, the project uses music to create an interdisciplinary dialogue about the future of the Nile ecosystem. This video of the live talk by TED Global Fellow Meklit Hadero features footage and music from the short film, LIFEBLOOD, produced by redfitz.


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  • Lamin Ceesay

    This is inspirational. This is beautiful.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Indeed, we are all interconnected. Music is an excellent way to show this connection and to bring people to better understanding. Thanks for creating this project; good to see cultures combining for good!

  • Anahata

    Connecting, loving, sharing before conflict arises.

  • Fazli Sameer

    the beauty of people wanting to come together based on the source of life, water. amazing!

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