Nile Project: Using Culture to Transform Conflict
Bongo beats follow the mellow marimba tunes as the singer starts chanting, eloquently juggling between the languages spoken in the Nile basin countries. The chorus follows in Arabic: “We’re all one, in every part of the world, we’re all one.”
Kulina Wahed (We’re all one) is one of the songs produced by The Nile Project in its first album. The song bears the ethos of the project: transforming the Nile conflict into a dialogue, through music, education and innovation.
Founded in 2011 by the project’s president and CEO, Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis, and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero, the project brings together musicians from different Nile basin countries.
“[The project] uses music to expose the audience to their neighbours’ culture to resolve the conflict,” said Girgis.