Camel Meat and Cassette Tapes

About the project

Camel meat and cassette tapes is a project that explores the cassette tapes that the Somali community used to communicate with each other after war. 

We worked with elders in the Somali community and explored the stories they handed down, myths, the story of Queen Araweelo, anti-colonial songs and camel-herding. 

We ended up making a soundscape which you can listen to in our past projects page.

This time we are working with young Somalis aged 16-18. We are exploring their relationships with cassettes, community and understanding of the self as it relates to the diaspora. 

The project works with archivist and co-founder of WaaberiPhone, Ibrahim Hirsi to explore alternative archives and the ways we can remember. And with sound artist Rowan Bishop to play around with making experimental sounds, like making tape loops.

At the end of the project, a soundscape will be distributed in limited edition cassette tapes, across the UK and globally. We will also put on a listening event to showcase all of your work. 

Workshops began in mid-March and are wrapping up. A finished soundscape and film will be shared in the Autumn.

About us and our collaborators 

Dhaqan Collective

We’re an intergenerational Somali art collective, made up of Fozia Ismail, Ayan Cilmi and Asmaa Jama. Fozia, wondered what happened to the cassette tapes she grew up with, and so the project was born. Find us writing and talking about migration, elders and cassette tapes anywhere on the internet.

Waaberi Phone @Waaberiphone 

Waaberi are a Somali archiving dynamic duo, made of Ibrahim Hersi and Idel Cilmi. They work to preserve the Somali arts of the past while supporting young artists in the present. They are also the founders of Waaberi records, a record company ethically re-releasing Somali music.

Rowan Bishop

Is an audio creative that writes music, makes sounds and records noises, and has been doing so since he was young. He first started with a guitar, a piano and a very retro cassette recorder. He’s worked with The Guardian, Colston Hall, and has made sounds for TV, podcasts, short films and a feature length horror film.