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Inganji 07:54
Allah Baqy 05:04
Ya Abai Wuha 05:45
Omwiga 06:04
Uruzi Nil 04:29
Dil Mahbuby 10:31
Tenseo 12:12
Marigarita 05:00
Biwelewele 04:48


Jinja is the long awaited follow-up to Aswan, the live recording from the Nile Project’s debut concert in 2013. Featuring artists from Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and Uganda, the album consists of ten original compositions born during the Nile Project’s 2nd annual musicians Gathering in Jinja, Uganda.

Jinja captures cross-cultural musical collaborations among artists sharing diverse relationships to world’s longest river. Kindred harps and resonant lyres from the Nile’s sources in East Africa and Ethiopia to its deltas in Sudan and Egypt have reunited to learn new musical modes while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in six languages.


released January 10, 2017

Inganji—feat. Sophie Nzayisenga* and Selamnesh Zemene
Allah Baqy—feat. Dina El Wedidi and Sarah Abunama-Elgadi
Ya Abai Wuha—feat. Selamnesh Zemene*
Omwiga—feat. Micheal Bazibu
Uruzi Nil—feat. Steven Sogo
Dil Mahbuby—feat. Dina El Wedidi and Mohamed Abozekry*
Tenseo—feat. Jorga Mesfin, Mohamed Abozekry and Selamnesh Zemene
Marigarita—feat. Sophie Nzayisenga*, Hany Bedair, and Selamnesh Zemene
Biwelewele—feat. Steven Sogo
Mulungi Munange—feat. Micheal Bazibu*, Sophie Nzayisenga and Steven Sogo

*All songs composed by featured musicians except where noted

All songs arranged by The Nile Project

Inganji (music and lyrics by Sophie Nzayisenga)
Ya Abai Wuha (traditional music, lyrics by Selamnesh Zemene and Dawit Seyoum)
Dil Mahbuby (music by Mohamed Abozekry, lyrics by Mamdouh Fawzi)
Tenseo (music by Jorga Mesfin and Mohamed Abozekry, traditional lyrics)
Marigarita (music by Sophie Nzayisenga and Hany Bedair, lyrics by Sophie Nzayisenga)
Mulungi Munange (music by Micheal Bazibu, lyrics by Micheal Bazibu and Steven Sogo)

Nile Project Musicians:
Dawit Seyoum / Ethiopia
Dina El Wedidi / Egypt
Hany Bedair / Egypt
Jorga Mesfin / Ethiopia
Kasiva Mutua / Kenya
Meklit Hadero / Ethiopia
Micheal Bazibu / Uganda
Mohamed Abozekry / Egypt
Nader Elshaer / Egypt
Sarah Abunama-Elgadi / Sudan
Selamnesh Zemene / Ethiopia
Sophie Nzayisenga / Rwanda
Steven Sogo / Burundi

Produced by Mina Girgis, Andrew Reissiger, and Miles Jay

Music Director: Miles Jay

Recorded and Mixed by Andrew Reissiger
additional doof recording by Mafdy Thabet

Mastered by Walter Quintus

Photography by Peter Stanley

℗ © 2016 Zambaleta dba The Nile Project



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The Nile Project

One of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in musical history, the Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries, representing over 450 million people, to compose new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth. ... more

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