East African Vocal Workshop

From the ancient, hypnotic sounds of Coptic and Sufi chanting to the diverse scales – kinits – of Ethiopia, East Africa is home to a vast range of vocal styles and techniques.

This interactive workshop, featuring some of East Africa’s most celebrated vocalists, will explore the Coptic, Sufi, Nubian, and Zar ritual traditions of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, and encourage active participation in the singing heritage of these countries. We’ll also learn about melodic improvisation through Arabic maqam, taqsim, and Ethiopian kinit, and find out more about the Nile Project from its producer and CEO, Mina Girgis.

This workshop is open to vocalists of all backgrounds, styles, and levels of experience.


Workshops are for small groups and require pre-registration. Workshops are only accessible if you have a ticket which includes access to the Workshops and Studio Sessions program – for information, check the FAQ. Registration is now open.

This Workshop is facilitated with funds by the Goethe Institute and the German Federal Foreign Office.