Camel Meat and Cassette Tapes Part I

Camel meat and Tapes, is a research project that focuses on the rich oral history of Somali people. A history that has come to transcend borders through the form of cassette tapes from the early 80’s and onwards – almost all somali families that you may encounter can recount numerous stories and emotions that are tied into the materiality of a cassette. These tapes became a valuable vessel for the diaspora allowing them to communicate with families they were forced to leave behind – the stories ranged from the mundane activities of everyday life to milestones achieved on a national scale to even encompass divorces or love affairs. 

Illustration by Stacey Olika

A special thank you to our co-producers Fadumo, Suad, Samiye, Anab, Qasmina and Amina.

We’d also like to thank our funders, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for funding this project as part of City Fellows and thank you to the Arnolfini, Khalil Aden, Muna Mohammed (Primeway care team), Letty Clarke, Ben Thomas, Stacey Olika, Abbi Bayliss, Xavier Velastín, Sue and Jane from the Bristol Archives, and Jo Kimber.