Win FREE Tickets to the Nile Project @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday
The band is something like the United Nations with musical instruments. The Nile Project – a 12-piece band whose members come from throughout the Nile River basin in Africa – are headed into Troy to kick off the spring concert season at the Sanctuary for Independent Media at 7pm on Saturday (March 21).
“Music is a language,” exclaims Ethiopian sax player Jorga Mesfin, “and in the Nile Project, the conversation is about love.” The musicians have not only studied each other’s musical traditions, but they’ve also absorbed each other’s very diverse cultures. The ensemble features Alsarah from Sudan (vocals); Michael Bazibu from Uganda (multi-instrumentalist); Hany Bedair from Egypt (hand drums); Nader El Shaer from Egypt (accordion, ney, kawala); Dina El Wedidi from Egypt (vocals); Meklit Hadero from Ethiopia (vocals); Jorga Mesfin from Ethiopia (saxophone); Kasiva Mutua from Kenya (vocals, percussion); Sophie Nzayisenga from Rwanda (inanga); Dawit Seyoum from Ethiopia (krar, bass krar); Steven Sogo from Burundi (bass, umiduri); Selamnesh Zemane from Ethiopia (vocals).
While they’re at the Sanctuary on Saturday, the members of the Nile Project will also lead a workshop on “Civic Engagement and the Management of Water Resources” from 3-5pm and co-host a community potluck dinner from 5-6:30pm. Admission to the workshop and potluck is free of charge; admission to the concert is $15; $10 student/low income.
BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (March 20), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner who has been notified by email…