17 January 2012

Kickstarting the Nile

Now this is a great Kickstarter-funded project.

In a boat crafted of recycled water bottles, a beautiful Ethiopian-American singer / TED Senior Fellow and a brainy Egyptian ethnomusicologist / music activist are about to set sail down the Nile. The goal: Use music--from ear-candy pop to the eldest of traditions--to spark a spirited conversation and change the way people from Uganda to Egypt think about their river, their environment, and their communities.

The musical part of the duo is Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero (who, by the way, is scheduled to perform in Seattle on Thursday as part of the CD release show for Gabriel Teodros's new album Colored People's Time Machine) and her scholarly partner is Egyptian Mina Girgis. Click for more.

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